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The Beautiful Language

The Beautiful Language

A Short film by Mounir Fatmi

Produced by Studio fatmi

Production year : 2010


    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.

    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Studio fatmi


    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

    Color type :

    Black & White

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