ROMAIN KRONENBERG – Rien que de la terre, et de plus en plus sèche

In this movie by Romain Kronenberg, two young men have settled in the inhospitable desert region of Eastern Turkey, at the Syrian front, waiting for the return of their friend who has gone off to scout the area in search of more habitable land.

They communicate through radio transmitters – the scout describing his path across the vast expanse of desert, while the two men who have stayed behind listen to him and begin to imagine and plan a more hopeful future on the other side of the desert.But when the radio signal starts to fade and the voice disappears, the two men are confronted with the responsibility of locating their friend.

ROMAIN KRONENBERG Born in Paris in 1975, Romain Kronenberg attended the Faculty of Theology in Geneva from 1994 to 1995. From 1996 to 2001, he entered the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Geneva before joining the Center for the Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) from 2001 to 2002. From 2001 to 2005 he became a composer and a sound designer at the IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) in Paris. Since 2004, he has worked as a filmmaker, plastic artist and composer. Kronenberg’s most recent works define themselves by their rigor and ambiguity, focusing on the idea of renewal (and rebirth), as they attempt to seize an ever-changing vision of the world. He imagines stories where opposingviews coexist,neither in black-and-white oppositionnorin dialetical relation, but in simultaneity.

He expressesthis through the superimposition of images capturingoptimism and pessimism, Titans and Gods, the individual and the collective, the organic and the inorganic, desire and fear, the human and thedivine. In 2005, he set up a display of his work at the Fondation Cartier in Paris and at the Adn Gallery in Barcelona, and thenat the Xippas Gallery and The Palais de Tokyoin 2008. His work was then exhibited at Paris’s Galerie Centquatre in 2010, at Berlin’s Werkstatt der Kulturen in 2012, and at Singapore’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2013. The same year, his work was presented at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. In 2015, there was an outdoor screening of his work at the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris. His works have also been screened at the Fondation Galeries Lafayette, the Salon de Montrouge, Radio France, the Loop in Barcelona, the Kyoto Art Center, the Mardin Biennial in Turkey, and the Kunst im Tunnel (KIT) in Düsseldorf.

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