Labor of love 
L'abominable (paris)

Monday | 12 oct 8.00 pm | werkstattkino

Since 1996, the film laboratory L'Abominable in the north of Paris has offered filmmakers the opportunity to develop and edit their own film material in the autonomous film collective. L'Abominable, whose members work with the film historical materials silver film, Super-8, 16mm and 35mm, understands itself as a living conservatory of film techniques. In its series "Labor of Love" UNDERDOX presents this passionate endeavour along a selection of outstanding DIY films, documenting the immense variety of material possibilities. In the creative post-production atmosphere of a former school cafeteria of La Courneuve, the films of Nicolas Rey (guest at UNDERDOX 2006, 2012, 2016), Nathalie Nambot (UNDERDOX 2016), Camilo Restrepo (UNDERDOX 2018, see also “Los Conductos” in our feature films section), Stefano Canapa, Martine Rousset, Emmanuel Lefrant and many others were created. Since its beginning in 2006 UNDERDOX regularly presented directors with their works that were created with the help of L’Abominable laboratory. Year of Corona makes the films speak for themselves alone.

Stefano Canapa

A Radical Film
FR 2017 | 3 min | 35mm

Radical, i.e. that which concerns the root. A film made with black radishes: chopped and cut into strips, then patiently laid out on the film material and exposed. In the all-digital era, a return to the roots of cinema!

Further Radical 
FR 2020 | 7 min | 35mm

An explosion of light penetrates the photochemical black and white emulsion of black radish roots.

The Sound Drifts
FR 2019 | 8 min | 35mm

Member of the famous Metamkine label, Jérôme Noetinger works with a tape recorder and generates a complex sound organism based on microphonic captures, electromagnetic parasites and radio hazards that interact in the film with stroboscopic effects. Cinema for the ears!

Martine Rousset

FR 2003 | 20 min | 16mm

"The sea is a language whose meaning we have lost." (Jorge Luis Borges)

Emmanuel Lefrant

All Over
FR 2001 | 7 min | 16mm

"A film without a camera, which also differs from direct film in that it has not been touched by any tool (not even by hand).

FR 2006 | 5 min | 16mm

The creative process has been reversed, the primary material is now oil paint, which is applied to the film strip using the Pollock drip technique, then all colors were reversed in the laboratory using a contact printer.

FR 2006 | 6 min | 16mm

A deserted black space that you try to fill up to the point where you sink completely into color.

Parties visible et invisible d'un ensemble sous tension
FR 2009 | 7 min | 16mm 

A landscape is photographed and at the same time a film strip is buried in the same place where it was shot: The emulsion, the victim of erosion, is subject to biochemical degradation.

FR 2002 | 6 min | 16mm

Work on speed, rhythms, flickers and color.

Still Frames
FR 2002 | 3 min | 16mm 

Twin film to SARABAN. The aim was not only to prove that the same source of image can generate two different films but also to highlight the incidence of light on color.

FR 2001 | 8 min | 16mm 

Revealed "secret forms" of the emulsion, emphasizing the materiality of the celluloid and processes.