A filmmaker and academic, Stéphane Marti has pursued cinema as a visual art form, divorced from the codes of the dominant narrative cinema, since 1976. He is a passionate and militant advocate of Super-8, a filmmaking tool which he has used for 30 years.
His work has been shown in festivals and international presentations and has elicited numerous articles and interviews. His flamboyant, baroque and sensual style focuses principally on the Body and the Sacred.
Baroque shades of red and gold fill the frame and dominate the color palette. These pure colors are captured by a mobile, trembling camera, whose gaze is projected with desire towards the bodies of the actors. The plasticity of the masculine subject's skin is the axis of its gaze.
Stéphane Marti loses his frame, rediscovers it, overfills it. An active sensuality accumulates from the intimate gestures of desire. The camera finds no recourse or fixed position, but is sensitive to the suggestive languor of the body. The living eye captures its subjects, and luxuriant editing brings them together, held in the impulse of irrevocable gesture.
Marti plays with the proximity of his subjects to one another, composing plastic variations in choreography. The tradition of his predecessors is incessantly evoked; first and foremost that of Michel Journiac, who frequently works with the changing identities of his subjects, from object to actor. Like Journiac, Stéphane Marti celebrates rituals surrounding desire and death. Eros and
Thanatos suffuse a mythology interwoven with themes of antiquity, unbridled sexuality, and traditions of cinema.
FILMS BY STEPHANE MARTI:
- ALLEGORIA, 1979, France, Super 8 color reversal film, sound, 14 mins.
- DIASPARAGMOS, 1980, Super 8 color reversal film, sound, 13 mins.
- MIRA CORPORA, 2004, Super 8 color reversal film, b/w neg, slides, 16mm, sound, 45 mins.
- Les actants (On Actors) by F. Devaux and M. Amarger, beta SP, color, 2003-2005, 5 mins.
- La conception sonore (On Sound Design) by F. Devaux and M. Amarger, beta SP, color,
2003-2005, 5 mins.
Directed by: Frédérique Devaux and Michel Amarger
Cinematography: Frédéric Tabet
Sound: Caroline Raynaud
Edited by: Frédérique Devaux
Contains a booklet of texts on the filmmaker by Michel Amarger and Frédérique Devaux