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THREE PATHS

2017, 33:17 min.

a film by Emerson Culurgioni Jonas Matauschek Nicolas Rossi

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Not long ago, three world-famous film-makers who all played an important part in film history died. Their work had a strong influence on art academy graduates Culurgioni, Matauschek and Rossi’s own creative work. The film-maker’s decease marked an end to something for the graduates - a kind of moral or spiritual support they had sought in them, perhaps - but also marked the beginning of something new. Their film “Three Paths” is a kind of funeral march starting at the film-maker’s graves in Paris (Chris Marker), Zurich (Peter Liechti) and Berlin (Harun Farocki). It follows three different, individual ways of saying farewell to their idols, the paths meeting up in the middle - physically, and spiritually. This intersection of roads promises only to be the physical meeting-point of the art school graduates, but this path they are going down turns out to be a road leading down their own past, reflecting on the choices they have made so far, which paths they have gone down, which turnings they have taken - and where they are leading them to. All three paths are as diverse and individual in their sights and insights as in their filmic art. What will happen to the travellers on their way to the meeting-point? Will they be pondering on their own point of view of things, the influence of the deceased film-makers on their work and on the language of film altogether, on their contribution to the graduates’ own viewpoints? These thoughts, combined with the people they meet along the way and the situations their paths lead them into, are condensed into a film essay titled “Three Paths” - whose message cannot be conveyed in advance.

The three directors use one filmic medium each: Culurgioni works with sound, Matauschek with video and Rossi writes. Sound, video and text are merged into one in postproduction to create the film essay as a whole.

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