Herqueville
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The Herqueville shoreline lies downhill from the Cogema nuclear waste processing plant, one of the world's largest. Its vitrified wastes are buried deep in the granite substrate at La Hague. In the summer of 2003, Michelle Corbisier and Serge Meurant, two friends of Pierre Hébert, visited Herqueville. Afterward, they created a series of etchings and poems. Wishing to associate himself with their modest poetic undertaking, Pierre Hébert filmed there in July 2005.

Original language
French (on-screen text)
No dialogue
Subtitles
English

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Credits

Direction
Pierre Hébert
Animation
Pierre Hébert
Editing
Pierre Hébert
Photography
Serge Meurant
Text
Serge Meurant
Music
Fred Frith
Sound Editing
Claude Beaugrand
Mixing
Louis Gignac
Translation
Fred A. Reed
Production
Pierre Hébert

Technical information

Color
Color / Black and White
Sound
Stereo
Shooting format
HD

Documentation

Further information

"The first time I heard someone talk about Herqueville was in Brussels, at the home of my friends Michelle Corbisier and Serge Meurant, when they showed me the poems and prints that had been inspired by the photographs Serge had taken during a holiday in Herqueville. I found this work very interesting, because at the time I was thinking of creating a series of films on places and landscapes around the world, with the goal of grasping the "spirit of the place" using a blend of real and animated images. With the self-deprecating sprit he is known for, Serge also mentioned that the coastline he had photographed and which had inspired them was located a little ways down from a nuclear reactor. The idea that such a poetic event had been born in such a highly conspicuous place heightened my interest even more"

HÉBERT, Pierre. "Entrevue au sujet de Herqueville pour DOC en courts", 8 November 2008 [http://pierrehebert.com/index.php/2008/11/08/108-entrevue-au-sujet-de-herqueville-pour-doc-en-courts] (Page consulted on August 5, 2011)

Keywords
Essay, Nuclear, Ecosystem, Trace, Print