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Las Vegas Meditation

Leonard Cohen may not have had Las Vegas in mind when he wrote his apocalyptic anthem, “The Future,” but it fits nicely with this film. Florent Tillon takes an anthropological lens to Las Vegas, Nevada, and what he finds is some curious new species of Americana. The Road Warrior vibe gets off to a roaring start as a gang of motorcyclists buzz through the freeways, popping wheelies past huge derelict developments. In the face of such end-of-empire imagery, it might be easy to get a little depressed, but a cheerful brand of punk fatalism has sparked an underground literary and music scene. “People don’t belong, the land wants them gone,” opines one urban philosopher. He may not be wrong. (Suicide rates in Las Vegas are amongst the highest in the US.) With the California drought reaching catastrophic levels, the question of water may be the thing that tips the scales. The idea to build a pipeline to bring in water is ‘the worst idea in the history of humanity,’ according to historian Michael Green. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. This is Las Vegas, after all, the Mecca of truly terrible ideas. DW

Spanish title: Meditación sobre Las Vegas
Year: 2014
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 91
Seconds: 0

D, G: Florent Tillon  

E: Florent Tillon, François Jacob, Enrica Ordonneau Gattolini  

S: Hélène Magne  

M: Hélène Magne, Sylvaine Arnaud  

P: Thomas Ordonneau  

CP: Shellac Sud  


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Florent Tillon Nueva Caledonia

He was born in New Caledonia, in the South Pacific, and is a self-taught filmmaker. He made his directorial debut with the documentary short L’Observatoire (2007), followed by the mid-length Rond-point de la Porte Maillot (2007) and Grand Scala (2009). His first feature, Détroit: Ville sauvage was shown at Bafici ‘11.

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