Tourisme International

  • France
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How does a dictatorship exhibit itself to the tourists visiting it? What kind of narration, actors, and staging does it summon? International Tourism has been shot as a recording of a show on the scale of a whole country, North Korea. Museums, painters’ studios, cinema production houses, or a chemical factory are presented to us by North Korean guides whose voices we never hear—for the film has been completely dubbed in at the editing stage in order to create anew a sonorous universe completely disconnected from the official discourses: all sounds have been rerecorded in order to restore the density of spaces, the murmur of tourists, the gestures of the guides, with the exception of the voices. The guides do speak, but we never hear them, and paradoxically, this muteness reveals in a better, enfolded way the coercion of the regime on the spaces and the bodies.

The journey is interspersed with title cards, in which we learn that the President himself is concerned with every detail, that painting seems to replace photography, that all movies are overdubbed for fear of any excess. The film questions the way the nation fabricates its images, between politics, mythology and imagination. Amidst this confrontation between the images of power and the gaze of tourists, we perceive the silent choreography of the touristic guides—those rigid but gracious actors of a country in perpetual self-representation.

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  • Original title
    Tourisme International
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marie Voignier
  • DOP
    Marie Voignier
  • Editing
    Marie Voignier
  • Sound
    Thomas Fourel
  • Duration
    48 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • FIDMarseille 2014, France
    • Doc Lisboa 2014, Portugal
    • Viennale 2014, Vienna International Film Festival, Austria
    • Vendôme Film Festival, 2014
    • UNDERDOX, Document und Experiment, Munich, Germany, 2014
    • Porto/Post/Doc, Film & Media Festival, Portugal, 2014
    • International Environment Film, Paris, 2015
    • IFFF Dortmund, Germany, 2015
    • Against Gravity Planete+ Doc Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2015
  • Awards
    • Prix Georges de Beauregard National, special mention, FID Marseille 2014
    • Prix GNCR, special mention, FID Marseille 2014
    • Prix Marseille Espérance, FID Marseille 2014
    • Prix Format Court, Vendôme Film Festival, 2014 – Short Film National


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