Elise Müller was thirty-two years old when she met Théodore Flournoy at a spiritualist séance that she was giving in Geneva. It was 1894, the reputation of the medium was in the ascendant and Flournoy has just been given the chair of psychology at the faculty of Geneva. Their meeting marks a radical turning point in the career of the medium who then produced, over a period of more than six years, two pieces of fiction matched by the invention of imaginary languages.
Documentation of this story exists in the form of reports of spiritualist séances written by one of Flournoy’s collaborators. It is from these documents that the text spoken by the actors in the film has been constructed. –Pointligneplan
Christian Merlhiot was born in Niort (France) in 1963. He studied at the French National Institute of Fine Arts in Bourges from 1981 to 1987. Between 1994 and 1995, he made a residency at the Villa Medicis in Rome with a view to writing a film script. During his stay, the scenario took shape and came to life, thus giving birth to his first feature-film: Les semeurs de peste (The Sowers of Plague). Christian Merlhiot taught cinema and video studies in several French art schools, especially in Angoulême, Nancy and Bourges. Currently in charge of the teaching department of the Pavillon, a laboratory dedicated to creation run by the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), he is also the founder of pointligneplan, an association promoting crossovers between visual arts and cinema. French film maker Érik Bullot wrote a text about Christian Merlhiot’s oeuvre which was included in the collective work pointligneplan published by the Editions Léo Scheer (Fr-2002). The same publishing house also released… read more