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Talk + Screening | Damien Jalet: The Ferryman

  • Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Athina, 118 54 Greece (map)
Courtesy of Gilles Delmas

Courtesy of Gilles Delmas

Damien Jalet

A presentation of the film “The Ferryman”

Location: Auditorium

"The Ferryman” is a cinematic and choreographic exploration of the animistic roots of rituals, dance and sculpture, and their relevance nowadays.  Through the journey of a half-deer, half-hunter character (Damien Jalet), the film is a metaphoric, poetic and visceral six-step ascent of a mountain, considered here a place of birth and death.  Filmed in the stunning landscape of volcanic islands such as Bali, Japan and Scotland, as well as in Louvre museum, the ancestral and complex relationship of men and nature, often seen as a gateway between visible and invisible worlds, is portrayed here through a series of striking ceremonies (trance, cremations and sacrifices rituals in Bali, mountain worship in Japan), contemporary dance performances excerpts and words, narrated by performance artist Marina Abramović. 

Oneiric and raw, blurring the line between archaic and contemporary, between documentary and fiction, this 70-minute film, sometimes hauntingly scored by composer Ryuchi Sakamoto, is a fascinating, reflective and singular travel through the borders of the worlds.


A film by Gilles Delmas
Choreographed and performed by Damien Jalet
With the participation of: Marina Abramovic, Ryuichi Sakamoto
With: Hoshino Fumihiro, Aimilios Arapoglou, Mirai Moriyama, Aakash Odedra, Clara Furey, the ensemble of Sebatu
Editing: Marc Boyer
Coproduction by Lardux films, TVM cineplume, staatstheater Darmstadt
With the support of CNC, region Rhones alpes


Earlier Event: April 7
Workshop | Damien Jalet