They rise, these sponge fortresses

The cameraless animated short ”they rise, these sponge fortresses” is made from a 35 mm trailer of the feature film ”Water Lilies” (2007) by Céline Sciamma. Experimental filmmaker Guillaume Vallée explores and questions his sensory memory as a teenager, partially lost. This process of resuscitating buried experiences and forgotten memories is carried by the materiality of 35 mm film, the nature of the images filmed and the interventions of the filmmaker painting and scratching the film emulsion directly. In this reverse journey, the memory-images, the affects reveal their plasticity, their imperfections, their chaos, their sensuality and their significance. The soundtrack is by Stephanie Castonguay and the texts by author Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay.


Experimental filmmaker, video artist and independent curator, Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Film Animation and MFA in Studio Arts – Film Production option. He works mainly on Super8, 16mm and VHS.
His audiovisual performances have been presented in a multitude of festivals across Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and Austria. His experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe, Light Cone and Winnipeg Film Group, have been screened internationally in many festivals, including ExIS (South Korea), Festival Int. du Film sur Art (Canada), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada), Int. Kurzfilmwoce Regensburg (Germany), Regards (Canada), Crossroads (United States), Oodaaq (France), Animatou (Switzerland).

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  • Regia

    Guillaume Vallée
  • Regia

    Guillaume Vallée


  • Titolo progetto

    Elles s’élèvent, ces forteresses éponges
  • Categoria concorso

  • Genere

    Animazione, Sperimentale
  • Durata

    7 minuti, 13 secondi
  • Paese di produzione



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