“I, too, had believed for a moment that the cinema authorized Orpheus to look back without causing Euridyce’s death. I was wrong. Orpheus will have to pay.”
“Le Studio d’Orphée” (Orpheus’ studio) is an atelier, a recording and editing studio, a living and working place that is relocated on the first floor of the Sud gallery. The director decided to transfer the technical material, used in his latest films’ shooting from 2010, as well as furniture, books, paintings and other personal items from his studio-house in Rolle in Switzerland. The title expressly mentions the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, establishing a parallel between the director and the Greek poet-musician.
Within “Le Studio d’Orphée” the feature film Le Livre d’image (The Image Book), 2018 and nine short movies by the director — On s’est tous défilés, 1988; Je vous salue Sarajevo, 1993; Les enfants jouent à la Russie, 1993; The Old Place, 1998; De l’origine du XXIème siècle, 2000; Liberté et Patrie, 2002; Une bonne à tout faire, 2006; Vrai faux passeport, 2006; Une Catastrophe, 2008 – will be screened on a television monitor usually employed by Godard as a working tool.
Visitors will have the unique opportunity to attend the screening of Le Livre d’image in the physical place where the film was conceived and realized, in the editing, the sound mixing, the production and post-production phases. For the first time it will be possible to observe closely the creative process at the origin of a cinematographic work. The elements of “Le Studio d’Orphée” are evidence of the artist’s role in the construction of his work space and form a spatial and emotional geography within which visitors will be invited to live an experience of exploration, without imposed ideas or an univocal interpretation.