Official Selection: Berlin film Festival
This terrific work is an utterly unique mix of sport, documentary, film history, art cinema wrapped and essay and it delivers in aces to each.
From the 1960s to the 1980’s France's Institut National du Sport et de l'Education Physiquecommissioned filmmaker Gil de Kermadec to produce a series of instructional films concerning proper tennis technique. To do this he was given access many famous players of the times just prior to their appearances at France’s Roland Garros tournament where they would demonstrate their technique in slow motion and every move would be deconstructed in typical education film style.
When sifting through the archive of the Institut National du Sport, filmmaker Julian Faraut discovers an inordinate amount of footage of the 1984 McEnroe vs Lendl showdown – and boy is it great! With camera focussed soley on McEnroe you can’t get closer to the action than this as we explore every aspect of his game, character and intellect.
This film has a lovely feel is often very funning an always fascinating character study.
“a lovely meditation on time and movement, dedication and obsession, image and perception.” Variety
Screens with the short film After the Facts.
Sat 7th, 12.15pm, Luna Leederville