The Ferryman

"The Ferryman” is a cinematic and choreographic exploration of animistic rituals roots, dance and sculpture, and their relevance nowadays. Through the journey of a half-deer, half- hunter character (Damien Jalet ), the film is a metaphoric, poetic and visceral six-step ascent of a mountain, considered here a place of birth and death. Filmed in the stunning landscape of volcanic islands such as Bali, Japan and Scotland, as well as in Louvre museum, the ancestral and complex relationship of men and nature, often seen as a gateway between visible and invisible worlds, is portrayed here through a series of striking ceremonies (trance,

cremations and sacrifices rituals in Bali, mountain worship in Japan), contemporary dance performances excerpts and words , narrated by performance artist Marina Abramovic. Oneiric and raw, blurring the line between archaic and contemporary, between documentary and fiction, this 70-minutes film, sometimes hauntingly scored by composer Ryuchi Sakamoto, is a fascinating , reflective and singular travel through the borders of the worlds.


The film has been shown in many international festivals and venues including Coda Oslo , Cinedans Amsterdam, De Singel Antwerp, Israel festival, KCUA Kyoto, Benaki Museum Athens, Musee de la chasse Paris , Cine-Corps Paris , Nuit Blanche Paris, Musee de Chamberry


A 56 min version was presented on a loop during Venice Biennale , part of Axel Vervoordt curated exhibition “intuition” at Palazzo Fortuny in 2017


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A film by Gilles Delmas

Choreographed, written  and performed by Damien Jalet

With the participation of: Marina Abramovic, Ryuichi Sakamoto

With: Hoshino Fumihiro, Aimilios Arapoglou, Jun Morii, Mirai Moriyama, Aakash Odedra, Clara Furey, the ensemble of Sebatu | Editing: Marc Boyer

Co-production by Lardux films, TVM cineplume, staatstheater Darmstadt

With the support of CNC, region Rhones alpes