The year is 1978. Punk rock has captured the imagination of the world, but another group of musicians has taken a different path into the world of machine-driven electronica. The new film LE CHOC DU FUTUR—the directorial debut of Marc Collin, co-founder of the band Nouvelle Vague—explores the birth of a scene through the eyes and ears of a young woman in Paris.
Housesitting for a producer and availing herself of the wall of synthesizers in his apartment, Ana (Alma Jodorowsky)—a commercial jinglest and budding composer—works to create a new music-sans-musicians, what she calls “a dance for oscillators,” a layering process the film considers with lovely, unhurried detail. She dreams of leaving behind the old rock venues, “stinking of beer and piss,” and communing with nature in a mass gathering.
LE CHOC DU FUTUR features music by Throbbing Gristle, Human League, Julie London, Aksak Maboul, Jean-Michel Jarre, Suicide, and Clara Luciani—who co-stars—and is dedicated to the female pioneers of electronic music, among them Clara Rockmore, Wendy Carlos, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Eliane Radigue, Laurie Spiegel, Suzanne Ciani, Johanna Beyer, Charlotte “Bebe” Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Else Marie Pade, and Beatriz Ferreyra.
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A film by Marc Collin.
Marc Collin, Le choc du futur (2019), starring Alma Jodorowsky. Photographs and film poster courtesy and © Cleopatra Entertainment.