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THE STORY OF MY BROTHER

2005Video 26'

« The story of my brother » is a 26 minutes piece, produced in 2005 for the « Festival des correspondances de Manosque », in France. It was shown in 2007 at La Femis-Cinema school in Paris. The title « the story of my brother » was given by CHTO after the death of his brother who committed suicide in March 2005. The video can be seen as a long « Kaddish » – the prayer to the dead ones – written to Jérôme. The video was at first conceived as a variation on the relations between cinema and literature. Directed and produced between 2001 and 2007, the videos of the “speculative cinema“ series all explore the relations between cinema and fiction. In those films, the space of the titles is used as a writing space, to modify the identity of the film object. The name of the director is changed, the conversations between the actors and the production are revealed. Even the titles of the films are seized by instability and change as the film happens. CHTO thus works on the extension of fiction to the very elements that usually refer to the reality outside the film: the name of the actors, the name of the director.

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