“Come … I will tell you of the birth of the sun, and the springs from which issue all that we may see.” These words that open the film are addressed to us by Empedocles, at a distance of 2500 years. There follow the songs of the wind, the earth, of water, of iron and fire, the hidden breath of the elements. The life of trees, of grasses, and of stone blend with those of women, men, and beasts. Their voices merge with the metamorphoses of an invisible Wanderer whose journey reminds us that the stories we believe to be outside of time never pass away. “All dies, all flowers again. All shatters, all comes together anew, unto eternity.” In the end, which is also a new beginning, there is the fire…

Feature length documentary, 2019

A film by / Sylvain L’Espérance et Marie-Claude Loiselle

Research, direction, camera, sound and editing / Sylvain L’Espérance

Research, text adaptation, editing / Marie-Claude Loiselle  

Research and translation / Maria Kaltsa, Theo Votsos, Maria Malamatou, Niki Dislia, Alexandra Pavlou

With / Tasos Anastasiou, Argyris Karamatsoukas, Ilias Kottakis, Giannis Koufopoulos, Nikiforos Koumertas, Vasilis Legakis, Evaggelia Liofagos, Sofia Liofagos, Despina Liofagos, Giorgos Liofagos, Markos Pavlou, Dimitris Sevdilis 

Voice over / Frédérique Duchêne

Texts inspired by / Empédocle / De la nature  / Purifications, Didier-Georges Gabily  / Notes de travail, Georg Büchner / Lenz, Henri Michaux / Épreuves, exorcismes, Sayd Bahodine Majrouh / Le voyageur de minuit, Asli Erdogan / Nocturne forêt, Nietzsche / Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra, Mahmoud Darwich / Présente absence, Patrick Chamoiseau   / Le vieil homme esclave et le molosse, Yannick Haenel / Les renards pâles  

Music / Wolf Eyes, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, John Cage, This Heat

Sound editing / Sylvain L’Espérance

Distribution / La Distributrice de films