Paris is the City of Light and the City of Love, a paradise for tourists, a gigantic museum preserving European history and tradition. And it was also the birthplace of Philippe Mora, provocateur and prankster and the subject of a New Horizons retrospective. His film dedicated to the French capital takes the form of a video diary. He walks along narrow streets, admires monuments, and relaxes in pubs, where he has an opportunity to quietly think and feel like a true intellectual. Imitating the local accent, he quotes Proust, Napoleon, and Zola. He repeats the cinephile mantra: Truffaut, Godard, Rivette, New Wave, New Wave, New Wave. Meanwhile, he starts to lose his senses. He looks for werewolves, thinks that he has entered an alternate reality, and suffers attacks of paranoid fear. It is as if he can sense the oncoming tragedy that is going to destroy Paris's carefree façade.
Philippe Mora was born in Paris in 1949, and his family moved to Melbourne two years later. As a teenager, he lived in London, where he got swept up in the psychedelic revolution. His early works include documentaries like Swastika and Brother Can You Spare a Dime. In time, he gained recognition as a filmmaker in various genres, including horror, with films such as The Beast Within; science fiction, with Communion; and even superhero films, like The Return of Captain Invincible. He was the subject of a retrospective at the 10th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in the Midnight Madness section.
1973 Swastyka / Swastika (doc.)
1975 Bracie, daj parę groszy / Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (doc.)
1983 Powrót Kapitana Niezwyciężonego / The Return of Captain Invincible
1982 Wcielenie / The Beast Within
1989 Wspólnota / Communion
2016 Francuski film / French Movie