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Days of Zucco

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An experimental architectural fiction portrays the Cultural Center in Vertou.


How is architecture revealed through cinematography? How does architecture's role in a film shape the audience's view of a place? Filmmaker Lucas Bacle challenges traditional architectural representation and cinematography with his experimental film 'Days of Zucco', which captures and reveals the winner of the Équerre D'Argent Prize for French Architecture: Atelier Fernandez & Serres' Vertou Cultural Center.

Days of Zucco exploits fictional narrative in order to explore the reading of architecture. The film features two protagonists: a man of about thirty and the Vertou Cultural Center where he is spending his time reflecting, rehearsing, and waiting. As the man moves throughout the space, the camera follows him – allowing the observer to discover the details of the building, and at times Bacle uses architectural drawings and diagrams to orient the observer and to provide context for the man's meandering. The film – an "architectural fiction" – is governed by a number of codes. The scenes of the film follow the building, its form and its program; the setting takes place only on the inside or the outside of the building; the building and architectural discourse are in the second narrative level; and the human stories are the wire scriptwriting directors.

At first existing to provide an experimental film to disclose the building, the script of "Days of Zucco" has evolved so that the film stands on its own. And because the film is no longer the only image of the building - it becomes a new autonomous object.

Authors icon Credits

Architect: Atelier Fernandez & Serres
Mentioned project: Vertou Cultural Center
Project location: Nantes, France
Director: Lucas Bacle
Appearing: Thomas Barraud
Director of production: Vincent Toujas
Music: Etienne Lautrette
Sound: Bastian Paumier
HMC: Noémie Laborde
Régie: Alexis Dovera, Maryse Renker
From the play: "Roberto Zucco" by Bernard-Marie Koltès

France 2016
Duration: 5'24''