Incident Urbain (France)
Featuring Jean-François Stévenin and André S. Labarthe.
Sound design by Nicolas Becker.
Arpentant le site de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, deux hommes, Cotello et le colonel, assurément liés par un long passé mystérieux, engagent une intense conversation et commentent le paysage urbain, se livrant à un exercice singulier de psychogéographie derrière lequel couve l’imminence de quelque action illicite.
Early one morning, a magnificent eagle emmerges slowly from a forest, strangely moonlike in appearance. The proud winged creature soars upwards, higher and higher, discovering on the way the architectural structure that is the Bibliotheque Nationale Française (BNF). At the same moment, two men emmerge as if from the building’s underbelly, on a moving escalator. Two film noir figures incarnating the 60s avant garde. Their friendship bound by some mysterious past. Going under code names : Costello and the Colonel, while strolling around the esplanade of the BNF, engage in an intense conversation, evoking the architectural landscape that surrounds them. A singular form of urban psychogeography of which behind, lies an imminent illicite act. Crossing over the esplanade of long avenues outlining superlative perspectives, Costello and the Colonel bring to life two characters from the past, caught up in a post modernist landscape. Their solitude creating a tension as they slowly become aware that they are under some sort of invisible surveillance. Was the encounter orchestrated from the beginning, underlining a fatal trap. Costello and the Colonel, like two pawns on a chessboard, are in fact caught up in a deadly game beyond their control of which the final dramatic conclusion in this so called theatre of shadows, leaves only the grey sky, suggesting that the encounter and its eventual violent conclusion could only be deemed as an urban incident.