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by Claire Angelini


Normandy is a place steeped in history – after the Allied landings on 6th June 1944, it became one of the Second World War’s most hotly contested territories. Making direct reference to Jean Grémillon’s film Le Six Juin À L’Aube, which was shot in 1944/5 under the direct influence of the total destruction of the region, this documentary essay carries out an inspection in search of the traces left behind by history 70 years later. But landscapes are silent. They tell us little of themselves. The scars of the past are not revealed unasked. So how can history be made visible in the present through film? To begin with, an old man affected by the war in his youth formulates his memories. 

international title: This Gigantic Furrowing of the Ground
original title: Ce gigantesque retournement de la terre
country: France
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Claire Angelini
film run: 71'
screenplay: Claire Angelini
cinematography by: Claire Angelini
film editing: Claire Angelini
producer: Claire Angelini
production: Albanera Production
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