Connexions : Banksy X Géricault

Director : Annie Dautane

In 2015 in the city of Calais, Banksy produced four artworks in support of migrants. Not far from the belfry of the town hall, one of these works is a pastiche of the famous painting "The Raft of the Medusa" by the French painter Théodore Géricault. But instead of the ship "Argus", which rescued the survivors at the time, there is a car ferry similar to those which make the journey between Calais and Dover but which remain inaccessible to migrants. Banksy is issuing a warning cry on the migration crisis in Europe still ongoing this day. By recreating the Raft of the Medusa, it is in direct line in connection with Géricault's commitment, two centuries earlier, to the service of freedom.

En 2015 dans la ville de Calais, Banksy réalise quatre oeuvres en soutien aux migrants. Non loin du beffroi de l’hôtel de ville, il représente un pastiche de la célèbre toile « Le Radeau de la méduse » du peintre français Théodore Géricault. Mais à la place du navire « l’Argus », qui a secouru les rescapés d’alors, figure un car-ferry semblable à ceux qui effectuent les liaisons entre Calais et Douvres mais qui restent inaccessibles aux migrants. Banksy lance un cri d’alerte sur la crise migratoire qui s’éternise en Europe jusqu’à nos jours. En reprenant le radeau de la méduse, il s’inscrit en ligne directe de l’engagement de Géricault, deux siècles plus tôt, au service de la liberté.

FESTIVALS

Indie Shorts Awards in Cannes

Best documentary award winner in the short documentary category

– Toronto Independent film Festival Of CIFT

Finalist for best documentary in the short documentary category

Documentaria Film Festival in Palerme

Official selection for best documentary in the visioni dal mondo category

Arte non stop Film Festival in Buenos Aires

Official selection for best documentary in the short documentary category

– Paris Lift Off Festival

Official selection for best documentary in the short documentary category

– First-time filmmaker online sessions

Official selection for best documentary in the short documentary category