La nuit sans étoiles

The Night without Stars

Country: France
Year: 2006
Duration: 18'

Can you tell if yours is a colour or black and white dream? If yours is a silent or sound dream? If ther’s a voice off or actual sound?

“Each time I have gone to Turin for the Festival I have made a film. This time, I was staying in the same hotel as last year and yet I was annoyed because I hadn’t been given the same room. [...] I couldn’t see anything in that narrow space. The memory of the big room obstructed my sight. Then, I finally took possession of the place; I found that there was enough distance to film if I put the camera in the closet behind the curtain. In this way, the movie camera had a field of vision that let me find the right shot. So I started shooting. But only because the angle was right. For no other reason. I walked out of the hotel and went back down via Roma. The year before I had enjoyed filming it but it was too risky to keep the camera on the tripod by myself. It was very late [...] and we were in Via Roma for a long time, without waiting for anything special, with the movie camera running and recording words and images…” (J.-C. Rousseau)


film director

Jean-Claude Rousseau

Jean-Claude Rousseau (Paris, 1946) in New York works in avant-garde cinema and then in 1983 shot the medium-length Jeune femme à sa fenêtre lisant une lettre (1983). Two short films follow: Venise n’existe pas (1984) and Keep in Touch (1987) and his first full-length film, Les Antiquités de Rome (1989). He then directed La Valée close (1995), supported by Jean-Marie Straub e Danièle Huillet. All these films was made in 8mm. Transferred to 16mm, the film was selected in Locarno and awarded in Belfort. In 2000 Venice dedicated him a complete retrospective, followed by the other homage in Jeon Ju, Korea (2003) and recently in Pantin. In 2002 he made in Turin his first digital film, Lettre à Roberto. In Turin, during the Festival, he made also Non rendu and La Nuit sans étoiles. Juste avant l’orage, Comme une ombre légère, Contretemps, all selected in Turin, costitute the triptych Trois fois rien.


Jeune femme à sa fenêtre lisant une lettre (mm, 1983), Venise n’existe pas (doc., cm, 1984), Keep in Touch (cm, 1987), Les Antiquités de Rome (doc., 1989), La Vallée close (doc., 1995), Lettre à Roberto (cm, doc., 2002), Juste avant l’orage (cm, doc., 2003), Faibles amusements (mm, 2004), Contretemps (cm, 2004), Comme une ombre légère (cm, 2005), Une Vue sur l’autre rive (cm, 2005), Non rendu (cm, 2005), La Nuit sans étoiles (cm, 2006), Faux départ (cm, 2006), Deux fois le tour du monde (cm, 2006)