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Ligne Verte (The Green Line)

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Directed by | Laurent Mareschal

Genre animation  |  Length: 4mins  |  Year of production: 2005

A panning shot follows a wallpainting. This ‘trompe l'oeil' painting actually represents the landscape beyond the wall. Slowly it turns to life the concrete begins to tremble as if the plants were growing inside it. This part of the wall has been recently built in Jerusalem…The viewer does not know on which side of the wall the camera is located until the end of the piece. Then, as the organic life figured by the painting defeats the concrete of the wall, bringing it crumbling down, we see yet more wall continuing into the distance, scarring the landscape like a sinister sculpture. Awardwinning French sculptor Mareschal's short animation combines stunning animation techniques with symbolic simplicity to contrast the brutality of the wall with the drive for survival essential to nature.