If the wide shot is what we all know how to do - more or less, we who make too many images at every turn and confuse the wide shot with the overall view - the detail is what is missing from the drowned eye (in the images) with which we look at the world.
Then, only then, the fold of the fabric in a sewing machine, the line of a brush on a white page, the raindrops on a train window, a jetty by the sea, the hand of a sculptor, a stone becoming a jewel, the flexible foot of a dancer, the look of a Bangladeshi fisherman, of the jute fibre becoming a boat - all things, women, men, filmed by Romain Claris - move us, because they give us to see, from the detail, a larger, richer, more complex world than we thought, so that, freeing our gaze with his, we can see even better...
Jacques Dubuisson, writer, director
Romain Claris was born in Cannes in 1983.
After a trip to Niger in 1995 where he attended the shooting of the feature film Imûhar in the middle of the Sahara, he worked for several years in black and white and colour photography. He bought his first camera by selling his collections of poems at the Bordeaux train station. He then began directing very short films in 2000 with "Infini" written and shot in Spain and "Real Trip" directed in New York in 2001. He worked as cameraman on "Lisbon Project" by Irish artist James Coleman, produced by Les Films d'Ici in 2004
Graduated with honours in 2005 from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français at Paris, he then joined the communication and advertising agency Claris Image Builder in Bordeaux as head of the video department and is responsible for the production of around 250 films for the luxury industry: yachting, vineyards, architecture, culinary...
In parallel to his agency work, he continues to make personal films, short and medium-length films, selected or awarded at international film festivals.
His two films Life Choice and Le temps mange la voix et les mots were selected by the cultural program of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to be part of the French selection for the World One Minute.
His film-poem Painting with the dragonfly written and directed in the USA was selected by the Cinérail Festival in Paris in 2009. In 2011, the short film La robe was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Disturb Awards in Paris.
He also directs several documentary portraits of creators: Bernard Varvat, marble sculptor, Gilles Jonemann, jewel and object designer, Tomas Bagackas, fashion designer. In 2011, the artistic director of the international dance troupe United Dance Company, Alexandre Hoffmann, gave him a free hand: the production of a 45-minute documentary on the company's life.
For its 9th edition, the international film festival Pêcheur du Monde has entrusted him with the presidency of the professional jury in 2017.
In 2018, his film minute Les cousins des nuages shot with a mobile phone was selected by about fifty international festivals and won five prizes, including that for best philosophy in animation at the Avalonia Festival in the USA.
In 2018, he co-directed the medium-length film Voici que la nuit, a very free adaptation on Yasunari Kawabata's novel "Sleeping beauties", selected at the Forum Experimental in Los Angeles and in Belgium at the Verbeke Foundation at the Wunderground Film Festival and received the Award for the best experimental medium-length film at the Five Continent International Film Festival.
In 2019, the Watever association initiated "Un trésor à la carte": a private sale, by auction, to the Lafayette Anticipation Foundation, the profits of which are donated to the sea rescue actors. Romain Claris participates by directing the very short film Ici commence. The film is then selected in Madrid by the EuropeNow festival and in Bilbao at the Bideodromo International Experimental Film Festival.
He also signed several photography and video exhibitions with the photographer Nicolas Claris, including Bangladesh in 2013, Trois châteaux en hiver in 2014, Bateaux, Châteaux, Gâteaux in 2016, Rouge in 2017, Noirs in 2018. Their latest exhibition Un peu de rouge, pourtant. is currently on display at the Seeko'o cultural centre in Bordeaux until early January 2020.
In production: a short film of 4 minutes L'eau de la terre ! The story of a little ordinary frog who wanted to become extraordinary... A legend of Oceania painted with water, with the voice of Chloe Gueze.
Under development, "Les comptes de la lune" a short film project that proposes an another story on the invention of numbers and calculation that takes place between -20,000 and -12,000 years. A creative documentary to be co-directed with Jacques Dubuisson.