Australia & Italy - Nicolas Provost in Melbourne and Venice09/08/2010
Nicolas Provost's Long Live the New Flesh has taken the Award for Best Experimental Short at the International Film Festival of Melbourne (22 July-8 August). This means that the film is automatically longlisted for next year's Oscar for Best Short. Provost's newest short, Stardust, has been unveiled at this year's revamped Orizzonti section at the 67th Venice Film Festival (1-11 September 2010).
Long Live the New Flesh is a found-footage horror film in which existing excerpts from horror films are transmogrified into a new film. The film deploys a visual technique in which the images literally consume one another. The horror in all its visual power is brought to a natural boiling point and transcends into a new narrative and emotional dimension. All the ingredients that have secured Nicolas Provost's experimental art films their international success are once again present. The film strips down the imagery of a mass medium, uses it to construct a new visual story beyond the dissection and horror, and allows the viewer to cross every phase of the emotional spectrum.
Provost was not able to accept the prize in person but addressed the audience at the closing ceremony in a video message. A total of 12 short, experimental films competed against each other at the biggest film festival in Australia.
In venice, Provost's newest short Stardust has been unveiled during the Orizzonti section at the 67th Venice Film Festival. Stardust is the second part of the Plot Point trilogy where Provost investigates the bounderies of fiction and reality by filming everyday life with a hidden camera and turning this reality into a fiction film by using cinematic and narrative codes from the Hollywood film language. While Plot Point was filmed around Times Square, this time Provost turns the glorious and ambiguous power of the Las Vegas strip into an exciting crime story using real Hollywood stars.
Provost is currently working on the third instalment of his trilogy (following Plot Point in 2007 and Stardust in 2010), and is also in pre-production on his highly anticipated debut feature, Intruder. Long Live the New Flesh was made with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Nicolas Provost and his artworks are represented by the Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp.
Image: Long Live the New Flesh