Gilles Lepore - Graphic designer/film author/director born in Porrentruy (Switzerland). Having graduated from Ecole d’Arts Appliqués de Bienne (Switzerland), he received, in 2002, the Federal Design Scholarship and an ‘atelier’ in Krakow (Poland). In 2003, he shot his first short film, THE CAGE (an animated film produced in Jerzy Kucia’s atelier in Krakow), presented at more than 30 festivals throughout the world, it received various awards and was shown in contemporary art spaces (CCCB, Barcelona (Spain) / Musée des Beaux-Arts, Moutier (Switzerland) etc.). 2004–2005 He did art scholarship on the subject of Swiss French-speaking cantons, has an ‘atelier’ in Brussels (Belgium), he produced a book of illustrations, which in 2008 received the Alphonse Mucha Award at the biennale of graphic design in Brno, Czech Republic. Lepore regularly works on art projects and collaborates with Stéphane Montavon and Gilles Aubry on the projects Belju (2009, received the Mediaprojects Scholarship of the Federal Office of Culture) and Cairo Talking Heads (Les Ecoutis le caire, 2010). In preparation with Stéphane Montavon and Antoine Chessex he produced: ‘Bolidage’ (2013), a performance project for tuned cars and a pipe organ with the festival Belluard Bollwerk International in Fribourg (Switzerland); ‘L’Appeau’, an audiovisual opera project is scheduled to see the light of day in 2014. In 2008, Gilles Lepore joins Maciej and Michal Madracki (Poland) under the moniker MML, to create experimental films. The most recent film of which is: The Work of Machines (Praca Maszyn, 2010), which won the Grand Prix of the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film (FID) in the international competition. He works in Boécourt (Switzerland) and Krakow (Poland).
Maciej Mądracki - Born in 1984 in Krakow (Poland), graduated from the Institute of Audiovisual Arts, Jagiello-nian University, currently studies in Krzysztof Kieslowski film school in Katowice (Poland). Author of numerous short documentaries and fiction movies. In 2006 and 2007 shoots a reportage from the Krakow Film Festival, presented at the 47th edition. Maciej Madracki regularly works as an assistant director in various productions and since 2010 has been a part of the MML collective together with his brother, Michal Madracki, and Gilles Lepore. Their first collaboration was ‘The Work of Machines’, a documentary film which premiered at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film (FID, 2010) and received the Grand Prix in the international competition. His diploma film, ‘Wild Planets’, was included in the competition at the last New Horizons festival in Wroclaw (Poland), having its international premiere in Paris (France) at the International Festival Signes de Nuit in 2012. This year he received the scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is currently working on a new film project with the MML collective, to be realized in 2013 in Morocco.
Michał Mądracki - Born in 1979 in Krakow (Poland). Writer, scriptriter and author of literary forms, graduated from Jagiellonian University. In 2003, he presents in collaboration with Anne Pery, a photographer (France), a multidisciplinary project entitled ‘Died, live and died’, during which he stages the performance ‘Borsuk Journey’ (Berlin, Paris, Marseille) which take part in festival “Month of photography_2003” in Krakow. Between 2003 and 2005 he works on the project ‘Kurhan poetyczny’, mixing sculpture with literature. In 2005 he directs his first short film, ‘The Pilgrim’, shown at the 10th ‘Modern Polish Cinema’ festival in Wroclaw and at the European travelling festival ‘Train Europe 2006’ (Berlin, Maribor, Pecs, Kosice, Krakow). In 2006 Michal Madracki publishes his novel, ‘Juggler’, and writes a theatre play ‘Requiem for broken pipe’ (2008). The texts were included in various collective publications. He also writes numerous screenplays for short films produced by Krzysztof Kieslowski film school in Katowice (Poland). In 2010 he collaborates with the MML collective to create ‘The Work of Machines’, a documentary film which received the Grand Prix in the international competition at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film (FID, 2010). He is currently working on a new film project with the MML collective, to be realized in 2013 in Morocco.
The work of machines, documentation of performance, 2012
Poland. A typical industrial town. Here begins The Work of Machines. This dance was created in 1968 to celebrate the Factory. Following the memories, it was possible to recreate the forgotten dance. This reconstruction becomes a time vehicle to the past, allowing for a trip to an era where production was supposed to mean a happy life.
DIRECTORS / SCENARISTS / EDITORS - Gilles Lepore, Maciej Mądracki, Michał Mądracki
PHOTOGRAPHY - Gilles Lepore, Maciej Mądracki
SOUND - Igor Kłaczyński
PRODUCTION - MML Studio
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