Claude Faraldo

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Claude Faraldo, Themroc (still), 1973.

Festival Forum: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2020 Themroc
Claude Faraldo

100 Minutes

Festival Forum

Friday, July 3, 2020

e-flux and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen are pleased to present Claude Faraldo’s Themroc (1973), the sixth film in the joint series From My Window / From Your Window.

Faraldo’s subversive satire lacks any intelligible dialogue or music, with a screenplay composed entirely of gestures, grunts, gibberish, moans, and screams. Themroc, a factory worker played by the late Michel Piccoli, goes about his daily existence between his job and the apartment he shares with his mother and sister, until an incident at work pushes him over the edge, causing him to regress to primitive behavior and tear down the wall of his living room—virtually transforming his home into a cave, open to the public.

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Claude Faraldo (1936-2008) was a French actor, screenwriter, and film director. In addition to Themrock (1973) which he is best known for, Faraldo has written and directed about a dozen disparate and original films, among them Deux lions au soleil (1980) and The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000).


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