The Story of Feniks and Abdullah
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Lost in a city where the other is absent, a lover waits. To pass the time, he visits the Chinese Botanical Gardens and the zoo. He becomes a tourist. Everything around him reminds him of his wait, and seems unreal. "I’m waiting for you in places where you don’t want to go. I love you where you don’t exist." This video-poem, adapted from the book A Lover's Discourse : Fragments by Roland Barthes, was produced for the video artist in residence program at the Western Front, Vancouver.

Awards and mentions
Mention honorable, Golden Gate Awards
The San Francisco International Film Festival
San Francisco
1989
Prix d'excellence, Best Video Letter
Tokyo Video Festival
Tokyo
1988
Meilleure vidéo
Atlanta film and Video Festival
Atlanta
1988
Prix Alcan pour la meilleure vidéo
Festival international du nouveau cinéma et de la vidéo de Montréal
Montréal
1988
1988
Canada
18:00
Original language
English
French

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Credits

Direction
Luc Bourdon
Screenplay
Luc Bourdon
Music
M. F. Côté
Voice
Luc Bourdon
Vanessa Richards
Camera
Luc Bourdon
Kate Craig
Sound
Iain Macanulty
Editing
Joe Sarahan
Production
Kate Craig
Luc Bourdon
Western Front Society

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Stereo

Documentation

Further information

Adapted from A Lover's Discourse, by Roland Barthes

Keywords
Time, Wait, Relation, Message, Poetry, Absence