Plastic & Glass by Tessa Joosse

Documentary  / 09:00 / Digital HD / English / France / 2009 / San Diego

In a recycling factory in the north of France the machines dance, the workers join in song, and the truck drivers make a ballet.

François Marzynski, Abdelhamid Bensbaa, Fabrice Lecomte, Ahmed Benzouai, Claude Lesne, Messaoud Sellaoui, Lionel Menendez, Anne Marie Quartiero, Frank Engels, Patrick Lecoutre, Mohammed Aberkane et Sahri Azzedine.
Voices : Poet Stunt, Joseph David, Jaques Loeuille, Yann-Elie Gorans, René Ballesteros, Mohammed Bourouissa, Olivier Capra, Thierry Maes, Marina Meliande
  • Direction, screenplay, composer, editor; Tessa Joosse
  • Production, Frédéric Papon, Le Fresnoy
  • DOP; Blaise Basdevant
  • Sound; Sébastien Cabour

In a recycling factory in the north of France the machines dance, the workers join in song, and the truckdrivers almost make a ballet. The film shows the process of recycling by impressive machines and by hand. We hear the noise that accompagnies this process. Slowly the factory noise becomes a rhythm  and a truckdriver starts to sing a song for his love. He wants to build an island with the materials at hand, where they can be together to ‘sort things out ‘.

In this crossover between documentary and musical it is the filmmakers aim to merge image and sound in such a way that the one cannot exist without the other. Inspired by the recordings of Alan Lomax and the films of Jacques Tati, the result is a sculptural and informative documentary and at the same time a musical film with a sticky song .

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