Benoît Burello (a.k.a Bed) / Alexandre Dovjenko

La Terre
Les Soirées Nomades de la Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain — Auditorium Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

Benoît Burello (a.k.a Bed), La Terre

© Elie Jorand

Benoît Burello (a.k.a Bed), La Terre, 2009 © Franck Alix, Printemps de Septembre—à Toulouse

Black-and-white film, 75 min.


A masterpiece of silent film, La Terre, made in 1930 by the Ukrainian Alexander Dovjenko, deals with land collectivization. The narration, which is sensitive and fragmented, gives full vent to the graphic beauty of images of nature. At the invitation of the Nomadic Nights, Benoît Burello deploys his talent as a composer to set this major film to music. He is one of the most respected French musicians of his generation. An admirer of Mark Hollis, Robery Wyatt and Jim O’Rourke, he has developed a very unusual form of musical writing.