Jeu de Paume in Paris is closed until 28 September 2024 due to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Jeu de Paume in Tours is open.

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This Is My Land (still), 2006, 16 mm, black and white, sound, 14 mins
© Ben Rivers


Introducing a stone

Ben Rivers film cycle

Friday 17 November 2023 • 6:30 PM

Jeu de Paume – Paris

With an introduction by author Helen Oyeyemi. With Ben Rivers and Antoine Thirion.

films screened

A World Rattled of Habit
2008, 16 mm, black and white and colour, sound, 10 mins, original version, French subtitles
Phantoms of a Libertine
2012, 16 mm, colour, sound, 10 mins
This Is My Land
2006, 16 mm, black and white, sound, 14 mins, original version, French subtitles
2006, 16 mm, colour, sound, 8 mins, original version, English subtitles
Origin of the Species
2008, 16 mm, colour, sound, 16 mins, original version, French subtitles
2010, VHS, colour, sound, 7 mins

A series of portraits and environments: Ben, a friend of the filmmaker, and his father Oleg, a Russian emigrant who lives in an overcrowded house in Suffolk. A mysterious epicurean as seen through the photographs of his travels. Jake Williams in his dilapidated house in Bogancloch in the depths of a Scottish forest. Astika, bidding farewell to the farm where he once lived, on a Danish island. S., a septuagenarian admirer of Darwin, in an isolated region of Inverness County. And finally, Alice Hardy, the main character in the horror film Friday the 13th (1980), here re-edited by Ben Rivers in order to keep only the shots starring the heroine, played by Adrienne King.