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Letters to Max

Letters to Max
Director: Eric Baudelaire

France, 2014, documentary, 113 min., french with lithuanian subtitles, V

Paris, June 29th 2012 

Dear Max,

Are you there?

Eric

“Abkhazia is something of a paradox: a country that exists, in the physical sense of the word (a territory with borders, a government, a flag and a language), yet it has no legal existence because for almost twenty years it was not recognized by any other nation state. And so Abkhazia exists without existing, caught in a liminal space, a space in between realities. Which is why my letter to Max was something of a message in a bottle thrown at sea, a wink to the world of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi that Maxim Gvinjia seems to inhabit. But my letter arrived, and somehow fiction has penetrated the real.”

About the director:

Eric Baudelaire is a French artist and filmmaker. His first feature, The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images (2011) retraced the revolutionary wanderings of the Japanese Red Army between Beirut and Tokyo. It premiered at FIDMarseille and won the Special Jury Prize at DocLisboa. The Ugly One (2013), which premiered at Locarno, was his first narrative feature. Also made in collaboration with underground filmmaker and former Red Army militant Masao Adachi, the film extended, through fiction, questions of resistance and regret raised in The Anabasis... Baudelaire’s research-based practice also includes photography, printmaking and publications which have been shown in installations alongside his films in solo exhibitions at Bétonsalon in Paris, the Bergen Kunsthall, the Beirut Art Center, Gasworks in London, the Taipei Biennial 2012, and Berlin Documentary Forum.

Section: Main programme

Dir. of Photography: Eric Baudelaire

Music: Juliette Navis, Jean Holtzmann, Julien Bonvicini