By the Lake

By the Lake (1994)

  • Genre: Documentary, Animation
  • Release Date: 1994-09-26
  • User Rating: 5.8/10 from 8 ratings
  • Runtime: 0h 6min
  • Language: No Language
  • Production Company: La Sept-Arte
  • Production Country: France
  • Director: Patrick Bokanowski
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Bokanowski returns to the complex - and mind-bending - optical array of pinholes, mirrors, prisms, and refractive substrates of his earlier film, La Plage to create the whimsical and playful Au bord du lac. The film is composed of mundane, everyday scenes of recreation and leisure on an idyllic, sunny day at a park that overlooks a lake - rowing a boat, playing a game of volleyball, rollerskating, bicycling, reading a newspaper, sunbathing, riding on horseback, or strolling on the promenade - shot through optical distortions to create fractured and knotted images that resemble embellished, gothic fairytale illustrations or appear to resolve into morphing, geometric patterns of fluid motion. Evoking the vibrant colors and sun-soaked palette of an invigorated Vincent van Gogh in Arles, Bokanowski transforms the quotidian into an infinitely mesmerizing dynamic kaleidoscope of shape-shifting textures and self-reconstituting objects of organic, abstract art.

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Directing Patrick Bokanowski Director
Production Edwin Baily Producer
Production Thierry Garrel Executive Producer
Sound Michèle Bokanowski Music
Crew François Poirier Cinematography
Crew Vincent Tamisier Cinematography
Sound Eric Tisserand Sound Mixer
Crew Patrick Bokanowski Special Effects
Editing Christian Dutac Color Timer
Sound Joëlle Léandre Musician
Crew Laure Budin Thanks
Crew Chantal Fuselier Thanks
Crew Moïse Maatouk Thanks
Writing Patrick Bokanowski Writer
Writing Patrick Bokanowski Screenplay