Dystopian Patterns

6’43 Belgium Lebanon, 2019
Something happened to that city. Could be Beirut.

Director: Isabelle Nouzha
Music: Todor Todoroff
Sound mix: Aline Gavroy
Color grading: Xavier Pique
Poster: Harrisson
Scientific eye: Fadi Baki
Produced by: Fragments asbl & Isabelle Nouzha
Distribution:Light Cone & Argos center for arts and media


By Cecilia Barroso
Time passes. A city is built and deteriorates. In its ruins, verticalization gives way to a nature that has ceased to exist.
In her dystopian patterns, which are already engraved in the film's title, Isabelle Nouzha - who produces, photographs, edits and directs - searches for and finds the end of humanity. The starting point is well known, at least in all the world's major cities, but in her timelapse she depopulates and transforms it. These are well-chosen paths that stand out in the silent black and white.

By Borja Castillejo Calvo on Dystopian Patterns by Isabelle Nouzha.
This "Kingdom" is approached in a mysterious and almost esoteric way. Here, shadows are cast on trees and plants, on the windows of houses and their façades, forming a lively picture of recondite beauty. Wherever the focus is, the shadows seem to move at extreme speeds and manifest themselves thanks to fast-forward. Thus proposing an entrance to the unknown world that underlies the everyday and delves into the depths of nature.

Collectif Jeunes Cineaste, selection committee.
Beirut, perhaps, after one of its many disasters. Beirut, certainly, but filmed like Pompeii, a city that has become archaeological and that certain tactics or techniques of experimental cinema gauge, test, reorder. A new symphony reorders the rubble. There is no human being here, nothing but minerals (and walls in ruins), filmed, as if torn from nothingness, in a superb black and white worked by visual and sound glissando, which a pseudo-minimalist music magnifies. Who will say why disasters trigger, in some spectators, such aesthetic feelings since Goya’s works?



Fisura film festival, Acapulco, Mexico.
Dubai Film Festival, UAE.

Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground, Berlin, Germany

Antimatter Media art
Physical cinema, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Lecce film festival, Italy
Seek for the sun, France.
Beirut Animated
Girona Film Festival
Festival des cinémas différents et expérimentaux, Paris, France.
31th São Paulo international short film festival, Brazil.
66th international short film festival Oberhausen, Germany.
Festival video art miden, Greece.
Tirana film festival, short film competition, Albania.
Festival international d’art video de Casablanca, Maroc.
Festival instants vidéo numériques et poétiques, France.
Festival signes de nuit, France.
Nefiltravanae kino, Belarus.
Festival internazionale Segni della Notte, Italy (Mention award)
Festival internacional Signos da Noite, Portugal.
Festival International des arts sonores, Brussels, Belgium.

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