L’ homme-vertige

L’ homme-vertige : Tales of a City
In the Chanzy neighbourhood of Pointe-à-Pitre, the economic capital of the Guadeloupe archipelago, bulldozers from demolition firm Avenir Déconstruction are pulling down residential blocks consigned to history. On nightly patrols L'homme-vertige : Tales of a City follows the city’s wanderers through the empty streets. These are dizzying circumstances. They all carry the wounds of this city within them and are now seers. Circulating throughout the internal and external spaces, both endangered, are the director’s empathetic conversations and relationships – with the lung-diseased former freedom fighter Ti Chal, with the crack addict Priscilla, with the wild, angry and then calmer Eddie, with the fish scaler Karpèch. Even elegant Eric resists the inevitable dilapidation with his view of the city, his recitation of texts by Joël Beuze and Amílcar Cabral. Malaury Eloi Paisley: “And I ask myself why I feel the need to wander the streets of Pointe-à-Pitre.”
by Malaury Eloi Paisley France 2024 French, Guadeloupean Creole French, Subtitles: English 93' Colour World premiere | Debut film | Documentary form


DirectorMalaury Eloi Paisley
ScreenplayMalaury Eloi Paisley
CinematographyMalaury Eloi Paisley, Victor Zebo
EditingMarie Bottois
MusicMagic Malik
Sound DesignAdam Wolny, Thierry Delor
SoundLudovic Sadjan
ProducerSophie Salbot

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Montreuil, France

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Malaury Eloi Paisley

Filmmaker and visual artist who works from her native island of Guadeloupe. She studied art history and museum studies before participating in the Ateliers Varan workshops in Guadeloupe in 2016, and an international workshop at EICTV in Cuba on the aesthetics of documentary film, where she made her first short film Chanzy Blues. She then embarked on a long-term project exploring the city of Pointe-à-Pitre, with L’homme-vertige, between 2017 and 2023.


2017 Chanzy Blues; short documentary 2024 L’homme-vertige (L’homme-vertige : Tales of a City); documentary

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