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Olivier Ponsoye

About the project

In 1898 was constructed in Havana, Cuba, Batería No. 1, a fortress designed to protect the east coast of the city from a possible attack of The United States. The fortification was never used and stayed abandoned. It has been a while since Batería restarted its functions, but this time protecting Cuban gay men from the hostility of the Cuban heteronormative society.

One of these gay men is Armando José, a man who uses Batería not only as a place to have sex, but also where he can make friends, socialize, to be himself. He goes almost every day and spent there more time than in his own house. He has his own private room, the only one with windows. He had cleaned and made more confortable his own space; a place that even without doors no one else can enter. Armando José dreams with the fortress being reconstructed, clean, painted with bright colors and turned in to some kind of Gay Paradise, where gays and friends could come and have fun with safety. However, the reality is quite bitter: the place is dark and unsafe, and abuses, attacks and murders are commons.

Armando José tells stories about love, fear, violence and sex. Meanwhile, a camera follows the traces left by the men who go to Batería. We are talking about a camera that lives Havana and its socialist monuments and buildings, cross the tunnel and goes through bushes and junkyards until finally arrives to the darkness of Batería. Once we get there we will go with the camera through dark corridors, empty and humid rooms and staircases that take us to places where we can see the see. In the way we will find oxidized military guns pointing to nowhere, abandoned objects and stories written and painted on the walls, that remind us to the primitive paintings found in old caverns. The space itself seems to be telling stories about these men; about the way they made this place their own refuge.

In Exile: The Long Story of a Short Film

Olivier Ponsoye

  • Project Description

    ‘In Exile’ - A 3D animated short film

    1. The Film:

    ● Like many other countries in the world, Moldova is suffering from mass migration of its

    citizens to other countries. People leave in search of a better job and a better future.

    Unfortunately, as a consequence of this phenomenon there are many children left behind by

    young parents who are struggling to get a solid foothold in a new country. These children are left

    in the care of older relatives and often, even to their own devices. Neither of these situations can

    provide the physical and psychological support a young child needs.

    ● With ‘In Exile’ we want to tell the story of these children, through a short glimpse into the life

    of a seven year-old boy. Most importantly we intend to entertain the audience with a beautiful

    and colorful story, which also sends a message. Although, the film is set against the backdrop of

    an unfortunate social reality, it must make for an entertaining and light watch.

    ● The target audience of the film is first of all - the adult demographic who have been directly

    and indirectly hit by the migration phenomenon. Secondly, the adult audience who has not

    necessarily experienced it firsthand, but who can make a difference. And, last but not least, it

    should make for a great watch for children of all ages, because the film relates an important

    moral point regarding family values. Most importantly the film will have no dialogue, which will

    make it instantly accessible to a global audience.

    2. Previous experience:

    ● Over the years, our studio has developed several, 3D animated film and !

    television projects. And has been attempting to find producing partners and financiers to get

    these projects into production. Among these projects is the short animated film - In Exile.

    Otherwise the studio has produced countless animated films for the advertising industry over a

    period of 13 years.

    ● The studio has no partner organizations and is working on all film projects on its own. At the

    end of 2012 the studio has raised just over 7K USD, from private donors (including Buchet-

    Ponsoye), through an online crowdfunding campaign. This has helped tremendously to jumpstart

    the production of the film during 2013. In 2014 the core of the production costs have been

    financed by the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation). Work on the film has

    continued since, and is now nearing completion. Currently the studio is seeking support and

    financing for the completion of production i.e. Music Composition, Sound Design and Sound

    Mastering; and for the promotion of the film through international festivals and other venues.!

    3. About the studio:

    ● Kurilov Group Creative Studio is a video production company created in 2008. The mission

    of the company was the production of 3D animated films, both short and feature length. The

    films would be produced for an international audience using exclusively local talent. Over the

  • course of its existence the studio has engaged also in the production of commercial advertising,

    web-design and branding in order to sustain itself. Since 2012 the studio is attempting to

    complete the transition to full-fledged film production.

    Bottom line:

    We set out to produce an entertaining, heart-felt and emotional 3D animated short film, aimed at an

    international audience, about family values and the importance of being there for your children.


    ● To raise awareness about the problem of children left behind by migrants and !

    inspire action on behalf of parents who find themselves in this situation, !

    authorities and other organizations.

    ● Stimulate more concrete action on behalf of both the government and the private sector to

    contribute to more care-giving to children living away from parents.

    ● To stress family values and their importance in the social development of the country.

    ● To popularize the idea that home is where the heart is. !

    3. Promotion Plans:

    ● Upon completion of the project, the film is meant for an international festival run. We

    will target around 50 international festivals and hope to get selected for at least 10 to 15

    of them. After the festival run is complete we intend to grant use of the film to NGOs,

    non-profit organizations and government agencies and also encourage local broadcasters

    to air it on their media channels. And lastly, through the festival presence we hope to be

    able to find a distribution partner to help us either produce a limited edition of DVD’s

    and put them on sale in at least one European country or assist us in distributing the film

    online. If successful, all profits from these sales will be reinvested in other cultural

    activities, or will fund the development and hopefully production of a new social film


Olivier Ponsoye

Modeste participation à ce projet sympathique développé par le photographe Olivier VINOT. Par sa patience quête de visages de barbus divers il exécute une aubade à la diversité, marquant par la qu'un barbu n'est pas seulement sectaire et partisan d'une religion ou d'une race.

Lorsqu’Olivier débute ce projet, il ne sait pas encore jusqu’où il va le mener.

Satisfait de son parcours professionnel, le photographe se définit humblement comme « répondant aux besoins de façon créative ». Sur chaque projet, il amène pourtant bien plus : sa vision, qu’il souhaite au plus proche de la réalité, et qui décèle « le beau » en chaque personne ou situation.

Début 2015, un projet personnel mûrit dans l’esprit d’Olivier… la réalisation d’une série de portraits, qu’il ambitionne bruts, sans retouche.

Une soif de ressemblance qui naît d’une frustration à évoluer dans un monde où chacun se voit, non pas embelli, mais déformé par une correction numérique ou une mise en scène exagérée, voir exacerbée. Cette version améliorée de nous-même et de nos vies peine à duper notre ego. La société s’y perd, l’euphorie éphémère du partage d’un moment trafiqué vite rattrapée par la réalité. Olivier, qui partage la philosophie humaniste d’Oliviero Toscani « le seul but final de l’art, c’est la condition humaine », souhaite réhabiliter une vérité et au travers de son regard résolument positif, nous démontrer que l’individu dépourvu d’artifice peut être beau, à condition de s’y attarder quelque peu.

Le projet se concrétise en juin par la rencontre de celui qui sera son premier modèle. Benoit est charismatique, un barbu qui « inspire le respect » pourrait-on dire. Olivier est sensible à l’esthétique et à l’échange, à l’humain derrière la barbe. Intrigué, le photographe se documente sur les représentations « des barbus » déjà réalisées… un constat s’impose : ils sont étiquetés! Hipsters ou djihadistes, la plupart du temps. Et pourtant, en 2015, depuis de nombreuses années, et à travers les époques, la barbe est portée par tout un chacun. Parfois en signe d’appartenance à une communauté, mais pas toujours. Tenter de le deviner devient alors un exercice relevant du préjugé. Dans l’esprit d’Olivier le concept s’installe : il photographiera des barbus, sans lui-même n’en sélectionner aucun. L’intention sera de n’exclure personne. Seul le port de la barbe sera déterminant, et qu’importent le style, l’âge, les origines et tout autre critère discriminant.

Le studio photo installé à domicile, il reçoit ses modèles. Même pose, même t-shirt blanc, même décor et même traitement imposé par Olivier : ce qui est perçu comme défaut, rides, cernes… ne sera pas gommé. Le modèle s’aimera sur la photo, ou non, mais l’enjeu est ailleurs. Il acceptera de se confronter à une vision brute de son image, et le public ne saura deviner quel homme il est réellement.

D’abord envoyés par un jeune barbier parisien que l’artiste sollicite, « les barbus » finiront par se présenter spontanément, et en nombre à Olivier, séduits par la démarche et désireux de participer, non plus dans une démarche à but personnel, mais dans l’intention de contribuer à un manifeste.

Les 1000 barbus sont en marche.

L’artiste délaisse toute autre activité pour se consacrer entièrement à sa série, qu’il nommera d’après l’adage qui l’inspire « Hâtez-vous lentement, et sans perdre courage, Vingt fois sur le métier remettez votre ouvrage. Polissez-le sans cesse et le repolissez », Festina Lente.

Chaque portrait aura un numéro dédié. Preuve du caractère unique de chacun. Olivier se glisse parmi ses modèles. Son numéro? Un clin d’oeil à La grande question sur la vie, l’univers et le reste

Petite Bibliothèque Ronde 2012

Vadim Vichniakov

Le fonds de dotation poursuit son soutien financier au développement de la politique numérique de la bibliothèque. La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde est devenue un pôle de référence en France en matière de médiation culturelle auprès des enfants, d’observatoire de pratiques nouvelles de lecture et d’acteur de terrain en réseau international.

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