Pigolem

France – Stereo 3D Project – 2016

Nolwenn Guiziou (writer-director)

Cross Channel Film Lab 2016 Training Workshop 1, CornwallAfter a few years of working for different opera companies in Ireland and Wales as a stage manager, Nolwenn Guiziou created a puppet company.  She has written and directed ten plays in English, Spanish, French and Breton which have been performed in Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain.  Nolwenn has produced a disc-book from one of these plays.  She writes and draws constantly and works as a Breton language teacher.  Through her company, she also works as a consultant for play-writing in Breton.

Synopsis

Anastasia Tovstof, a middle aged woman, shares a flat in Brest with the soul of her great grandfather.  Because he doesn’t have a body, he embodies himself in everyday objects.  When he gets bored he demands new objects and Anastasia goes looking for interesting trash in the streets.  One night, the mug that was the great grandfather falls from a window and breaks.  Anastasia goes wild when she tries to pick up the piece; she seems possessed and her voice has changed.  Has her great grandfather found a new vessel?  Anastasia takes the pieces home and decides to create a “golem” from trash, this big clay puppet from the Jewish folklore, to which you can give life by writing some special letter on his forehead.

Anastasia organises the objects she had collected for her great grandfather as she works on the body of the golem.  It seems that she can wake all the spirits imprisoned in the objects, each of which carries the story of a dead person.  Her flat is turning into a very loud place and the neighbours complain.  A social worker is called and can’t see what the neighbours are complaining about, but the objects she was carrying start rebelling and talking back to their owner.  The Big Revolution of Things hass started.  The objects don’t need Anastasia any more.  That’s when the golem starts its sack of the city.  Anastasia disappears and the town turns into a big dump, where you can hear a mug in polite conversation with a discarded camera.

 

 

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