In the opening scene of the film Holy Motors, the director himself, Leos Carax, appears in a bedroom, clad in pyjamas. After lighting a cigarette, he wanders about the room and runs his hands along the walls, papered with a forest pattern. Carax is searching for an exit or, to put it another way, an entrance to some unknown place. Suddenly a door opens, and from that point on the image is quite different. We change settings. We change places. Everything starts to fall out of place. The room gives way to a tunnel leading towards what looks like a cinema hall. The director sees all of the spectators gazing at a screen devoid of images. Now, finally, the movie begins.

Text: Jesús Alcaide




Bosque, 2016. Digital print.