Emmanuelle Antille's films are usually dream-like in nature, with a kind of mysterious narrative in which the viewer can never be sure which events are real or which are the memories and fantasies of the characters involved. The line between imagination and reality is skilfully blurred. Antille's films are about the grey area between dreams and dream-like lives. Desires are expressed in muted impulses and heavy silences followed by outbursts of intense actions. Her films are like chapters in an ever-rotating repetition, sensitively formed and executed.
Wouldn't it be nice is a video film of 14 minutes, showing the social and personal relationships between the members of a family, together for a dinner. The film is based on the tension between the artificiality, the vacuity in the group relations and the spontaneous and exaggerated intimacy of the characters when they get isolated in the different rooms of the house. The film focuses on the women, who are playing very obsessive rituals. The characters interact and physically touch each other intimately, or even aggressively, yet never seem to communicate effectively with each other.
Emmanuelle Antille was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 1997-1998.
She won the Uriôt Prize (NL) in 1997, the Prix Kiefer-Hablitzel (CH) in 2000 and 2001, the Prix fédéral des beaux-arts (CH) in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and the Prix en Arts Visuels de la Fondation Vaudoise (CH) in 2005.
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