Sound | 60 min | Color | Super-8 and video transfered to DVD | Video Installation / movie theater | France-israel | 2002-07
Sion (2002-07) an hour-long color film, the film was shot in Ofakim, Teqoa , Jerusalem, and the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Sion/Jerusalem, enacted by actress Ronit Elkabetz, is the main character that sets the plot in motion. Visual language combining cinema with art, allegory about Jerusalem in the mirror of time, with all the historical events that have left wounded, low spirited and humiliated.
The film describes Sion's strategy of survival until its yearned for revival.Primordial landscapes, the Judean desert and the Negev, the sights of the town of Ofakim – all these assume a new dimension of power and strength that culminate in a political-cultural act formulated through a performance taking place inside the Louvre – a powerful institution and the very heart of the Western cultural establishment.
Sion presents a cultural vision, and takes a stand regarding the West's approach to Sion/Jerusalem, and the latter's status within the West's canonical culture. One of the film's peaks is a penetration into the Louvre, during which an act of code-changing takes place. In the Levant Wing, devoted to perpetuation of the art of the Near East, and wherefrom the traces of her biblical past are absent, Sion/Elkabetz walks in royal dress designed by Christian Lacroix, declaring, through her very presence, a process of rectification and healing.
Sion is a real woman, but also a mystical-religious entity and a universal icon that embodies a state of mind and a general mindset toward Jerusalem. Sion, where the origins of the link between East and West are rooted, expresses the tragedy and melancholy which Jerusalem projects onto the world. The film presents a struggle between matter and spirit, between East and West, between Judaism and Christianity, between the crime and its punishment, and between logic and madness.
Director/Script: Joseph Dadoune Starring: ronit elkabetz (sion) Featuring: Joseph Dadoune (Bull Demon, messenger), Charly Zrihen (amputee) Technical support: Centre photographique d’ile-de-france Camera: asaf Korman Editor: Wayne yung Costumes (ronit elkabetz): Christian lacroix, paris; Joseph Dadoune Make-up: azusa Kato Music: reef Cohen Kamancha: mark eliyahu Sound: gilles laurent Mix: thomas gauder Visual effects: M.S. Brink
Rough-cut: M.S. Brink, adam Zaslavsky, yasmine novak
The Making of Sion: thomas Zoritchak
Stills: oliver imfeld
Post-production: Cité internationale des arts, paris, and the guest atelier of the City of Düsseldorf, germany (as part of an artist exchange with the ein hod artist village, israel)
assistant: itshak Badashe, laurence saadé
Drivers: raymond, David shemeshe, francesco
Location: le Jas sainte marie manor house, lorgues, france; the Wadi, Khan ha’ofek ranch, municipal landfill, ayad’s Bedouin camp, of-ar textile factory, ofakim; yemin moshe and valley of hinnom, Jerusalem; teqoa, Judean hills; the louvre museum, paris
Production: rama production, france
With the participation of: the louvre museum, paris
With the support of: yehusua rabinowitz tel aviv foundation for the arts, Cinema project; the israeli ministry of foreign affairs, Cultural and scientific affairs Division. thanks to: aurelien llavador, lorgues; municipality of ofakim: avi asaraf, mayor of ofakim, aharon elkabetz, shefa Department; Élie Cabessa farm; Zahout sewing Workshop ltd., ofakim; Desi & flora, Department of Communications, the City of Jerusalem; tamar Castelnuovo, gush etzion Development Company; marie-laure Bernadac, louvre museum, paris; philippe-alain michaud, Centre pompidou, paris; rafi gamzou, the israeli ministry of foreign affairs; anita mazor, embassy of israel, paris; nathalie giraudeau, Centre photographique d’ile-de-france; mordechai omer, tel aviv museum of art; rinat aboulafia, Chantal helenbeck, uri amitai, nadia Bouzid, elisabeth Bonnel, simone f. Brunau, margol guttman, pauline guélaud, Catherine Derosier-pouchous, Jean gismondi, olivier taieb, Jérôme taieb, Benoît llavador, francine lutenberg, Cyril mouret, Karin rauers, original Cachou, paris, roi Kuper