ICELAND; Fabienne Gautier; TRT: 4.19
Landscapes of starkness speak to the internal mind.
Iceland’s landscape seemed to reflect a particular internalization of feeling. The piece was shot in B&W super 8 while driving across Iceland in 2004. This work speaks to this internal mind.
Q: How did this film come about?
I had wanted to make a film which expressed the abandonment of nature place since my other films are urban and deal with the alienation in cities. The genesis of the idea for ‘Iceland’ comes from the stark landscapes and almost deserted roads. I feel these outlands are a more eloquent statement.
Q: Why Iceland?
Inherent in the landscape of Iceland I found the starkness and emptiness quite simple and profoundly shocking if not ‘scary’ in its extremes. I had been searching for this. At the same time Iceland’s landscape reveal its own poetry.
Q: How did you choose the soundtrack?
The soundtrack for Iceland is a composition which I created using captured sounds. I regularly record sounds using diverse devices. I wanted something which underlines the rhythm of the road and gives a feeling of meditation. In my imagination, the stones and the land create a dialogue. My interpretation of Iceland’s mystical landscapes allow an atmosphere of interaction and communication. I use the sound like breathing, to give an underlying theme to my film. The split screen is a counterpoint.
Q: Why do split screen for this film?
My original idea was to create a double screen installation. I changed my mind once confronted with the wilderness. I chose the split screen because the subject is always the same but may seem different from one point of view to the other. The landscape is in constant movement. Iceland is like a journey which never ends, a passage from one stage or experience to another.