There are black-and-white films, and then there are the black-and-white films of Pedro Costa. The former simply lack color. The latter make you forget that color ever existed in the first place. Costa, a Portuguese director and current darling of the art-house world, is a chiaroscuro fiend, bathing his images in smudge-y shadow and eerie light, creating brooding purgatories where plot-less vignettes stretch and unfold.
His latest offering, Ne Change Rien, finds French chanteuse Jeanne Balibar laboring through her creative process, hiccuping through false starts and do-overs in recording studios and practice rooms. Less a documentary than it is an extended portrait, the film consists mostly of still, unblinking surveillance of Balibar’s rehearsals. There are only a handful of cuts in the one-hour-and-40-minute film. And the camera often seems nailed to the floor, not bothering to follow the musicians as they enter and leave the shots. The result is a hypnotic portrait of the creative process and the labored meeting of inspiration and hard work.
South Minneapolis’ 50-seat “microcinema,” The Trylon, features Ne Change Rien as part of its Premiere Tuesdays series, which spotlights a new, under-the-radar gem each week.
Ne Change Rien
Tuesday, May 10
7 p.m. & 9 p.m., $8
3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls.