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photo © Michel Balagué, Guillaume Cailleau

Interior, day. Oncological Research Center in Berlin, January 2011. A film team meets with researchers. Using analogue filming methods, the film team records experiments performed on mice. The mice are forced to undergo diverse measures. Whether the film deals with one or several tests, one or several mice is difficult to ascertain – the tests and the naked animals are too similar. Parallel to this, the film team documents their own activities necessary to make the recordings.

In LABORAT, filmmaker Guillaume Cailleau interweaves levels. He documents examinations performed on the object with great precision, while simultaneously reflecting on the process of the documentation itself. Distance to the object becomes suspended. The object becomes the subject, the spectator an accomplice. A tapestry of images. Unease sets in.

Guillaume Cailleau was born in France in 1978 and is based in Berlin. His works range from 16 mm film and HD video to multimedia installations and performances. He is a member of the collective LaborBerlin, devoted to preserving and developing the creative possibilities of the celluloid film format and DIY processing, as well as Hanna’s Atelier for Sonorous Arts Ljubljana (Slovenia), an institution promoting and researching sound-based art forms. He also cooperates with several choreographers and performers, creating video for the stage. He is co-founder with Hanna Slak of the production house CaSk Films, mainly interested in high-quality experimental fictional and creative documentary cinema. His work has been shown worldwide in film festivals (including Berlin, New York, Rotterdam) and museums (Centre Pompidou in Paris, Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto). His short films include: BLITZKRIEG (2008), THROUGH (2009, in co-direction with Benjamin Krieg), H(I)J (2009), AUSTERITY MEASURES (2012, in co-direction with Ben Russell), and LABORAT (2014).
Genre Experimental
Category Short, Documentary
Year of Production 2014
Director Guillaume Cailleau
Screenplay Guillaume Cailleau, Hanna Slak
Cinematography Michel Balagué, Guillaume Cailleau
Producers Guillaume Cailleau, Hanna Slak
Production Company CaSk Films/Berlin
Length 22 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.33
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2014, Oberhausen 2014, EMAF 2014, Edinburgh 2014, Guanajuato 2014, Sarajevo 2014, IDFA 2014
Awards Silver Bear Jury Prize Berlin 2014
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM

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