2018 | France | Documentary

L'Esprit des lieux (In the Stillness of Sounds)

  • French English 91 mins
  • Director | St├ęphane Manchematin, Serge Steyer
  • Writer | St├ęphane Manchematin, Serge Steyer
  • Producer | Sylvie Plunian, Milana Christitch

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Legacy of his paternal heritage, Marc devotes the majority of his time to his passion: “I live in a world of sounds”. This existential quest leads him to put down roots, and start his family, on the edge of a forest in the Vosges mountains.

As the sun sets, he hides his microphones in the undergrowth, starts recording, and recedes into nature. All night his set-up captures the sound ambiance: breaths, cries, songs, scratches... Back home in his basement studio, Marc listens to his recordings in search of the extra-ordinary.

Curious and intrigued by his nocturnal activities, his daughter, Lucie, shows interest in accompanying him. She is often the first audience of the sonic canvases created by her father.

His work begins to gain in notoriety; in schools, artistic circles, and the musical scene... Soon a composer, Christian Zanési, invites him to collaborate on a project creating a piece of electroacoustic music.

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