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Gilles Elie Cohen

“I don’t know why, the gangs got into a violent fight, one evening, in the Montmartre neighbourhood. We began to lose touch. There were fewer and fewer meetings. People would fall silent as I arrived. The scenes of violence became more frequent. About 20 years later I was directing a film about people bumping into each other out of the blue. Many had died of violent death. I had the feeling the film tried to display this tragedy. A world champion in Thaï-Boxing, one of the best French actors, a few dealers, a wealthy shop-owner, a few of them were fathers. Destinies lost in the suburbs. A fugitive on an island in the Antilles. Others ran away from me. Others again held on tight to broken dreams. And me… I wasn’t much better off. This film remained. I had wanted it to be immortal. A brutal and eternal riot. The next wave had already been born. The fury, the rage, the violence already showed their faces behind Elvis’s guffaw.”

Gilles Elie Cohen, Amsterdam 2014

"Rock contre la montre", a Film by Gilles Elie Cohen, 60’, Arte, 2000




Tracks, 12th September 2015

Télérama sortir, 8th September 2015

L'oeil de la photographie, 14th September 2015

Le bonbon, 14th September 2015

Que faire à Paris, 3rd September 2015

Adaptation magazine, 8th September 2015

Mode Bulb, 4th September 2015

Ufunk, 4th September 2015

Jet society, 8th August 2015

International New York Times, march 12th, 2015
Télérama Sortir, n°3399, march 7th/13th, 2015
Grazia, january 30th/february 5th 2015
TV 5 Monde, february 26th 2015


Vice, Volume 8 Number 12, December 2014