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The Beautiful Language

The Beautiful Language

A Short film by Mounir Fatmi

Produced by Studio fatmi

Production year : 2010

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Production and distribution

Executive Producer :

Studio fatmi


The Beautiful Language is rich in texts and in images. The technique of the cut-up, popularized in texts by William S . Burroughs, is applied here to the images. They are extracted from The wild Child ( 1970 ), François Truffaut's movie based on the true story of an uncivilized boy who, at the end of the XVIIIth century, is taken into care by a doctor and studied as a specimen of the difference. The images chosen for The Beautiful Language show the child being measured, taught and tested. The image is disturbing, the child refuses to agree to this treatment. We see him shouting, even if the sound is cut and remplaced by a disturbing sound track.


International Sales

USA:  Shoshana Wayne Gallery - Santa Monica

Lombard Freid Projects - New York -

South Africa: Goodman Gallery - Johnnesburg - Le Cap

Germany: Galerie Conrads -

Switzerland: Analix Forever - Genève -

UK: Paradise Row - Londres -

Spain: ADN Galeria -

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Full credits (4)

Executive Producer :

Mounir Fatmi

Editor :

Mounir Fatmi

Assistant director :

Julie Boissy

Music Composer :

Mounir Fatmi

Technical details

Short film

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Sub-genre :

Video art

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Production language :

French, English

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Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

100% French (France)

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Runtime :

16 min 30 seconds

Production formats :

DV - Digital creation

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Black & White

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Posters (1)


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