4 days
France, 2020

Production : Jacques Perconte

Programmed by Sylvain Bich

Without dialogue

Arts Ecology Experimental


Dedicated to the eponymous Mont Blanc mountain range, this film goes hand in hand with director Jacques Perconte’s burning question of whether we might be the very last people who’ll get the chance to see Mont Blanc’s summit. The earth’s rising temperatures are causing glaciers to melt at an increasingly rapid pace… 

Tënk's opinion

It opens with a photograph like one of those idealised, picturesque images – the grand, majestic Mountain of our imagination. Then everything begins to break up.  
Jacques Perconte takes on the role of geologist. Whereas a scientist studies the Earth’s strata, analysing them, identifying the physical characteristics to understand how they were formed and what they will become, Perconte sifts through the images, delving into their layers and dissecting their composition, their “code”. By playing around with the images’ optical and/or chromatic aberrations, he reveals their impermanence, their inevitable precariousness, and the same goes for these rocks, these peaks, which regularly collapse, taking with them the image of majesty we had of them. But if Perconte blurs the images, it’s surely to cleanse our gaze and perhaps even reenchant it.

Sylvain Bich
Film projectionist


Jacques Perconte

Jacques Perconte

From the shores of Normandy to the Alps' peaks, from the depths of Scottish Borders to the Dutch polders, Jacques Perconte Jacques Perconte (b. 1974, lives and works in Rotterdam and Paris) films the elements with passion. Perconte's formal universalism, seemingly a reference to landscape painting, is drawn from how he combines the natural world and images' technicality. A pioneering force in digital video since the 1990s, technology is never Perconte's subject — instead, ecology and Anthropocene are the contexts from which he draws inspiration. In Perconte's images, the technique is an environment that challenges our presumed separation from nature. Perconte's work navigates between cinemas, galleries, alternative exhibition spaces, and live performances. Taking on many different forms, his works result from continuous experimental research that challenges and pushes forward the capacities of the moving image.