The Remembered Film

Isabelle Tollenaere

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Takeover: VI. Scene Takeover The Remembered Film
Isabelle Tollenaere

17 Minutes

Repeat: Dec 15-16 ET

In The Remembered Film, young soldiers from previous wars are seen aimlessly roaming the woods. They wear the uniforms of Soviet troops, of the Wehrmacht, or of American military forces during the Vietnam war. In interviews, they share war memories that they can’t possibly have experienced themselves, but that have nonetheless taken root in their memory. A friction between imagination and reality arises: that which the boys testify to albeit have not experienced, but that yet has genuinely imprinted their minds, amidst other real-life memories. Thus unfolds the intrinsic relationship between storytelling, memory, and history; how forming memories is subject to fictionalization, just as history is a process of creative storytelling, a subjective construction.​

This screening is part of Scene Takeover, the sixth and final chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

Takeover wraps on Thursday, December 15 with a repeat of all films featured in the six chapters of the program, streaming through Friday, December 16, 11:59 pm ET.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, War & Conflict
Fiction, Documentary, Memory, History, Storytelling
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Isabelle Tollenaere is an independent filmmaker and artist from Belgium, making short filmd, feature-length films, and installations, playfully moving between the codes and conventions of documentary and fiction, film and contemporary art. In her practice she mainly explores the connections between current shifts in reality and memory of the past. Her filmography includes the short films Viva Paradis (2011), The Remembered Film (2018), and The Fruit Tree (2022), and the feature-length films Battles (2015) and Victoria (2020). She’s currently developing a new feature film called Paris, Paris. Her films have been shown at the Venice International Film Festival, Berlinale Forum (Caligari Film Prize 2020), IFFR (Fipresci Award 2015), Centre Pompidou, Viennale, Visions Du Réel, FID Marseille, IDFA, CPH:DOX, 25FPS (Grand Jury Prize 2018), IndieLisboa (Special Jury Prize 2020), and many others.


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