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Tales of a Sea Cow

Tales of a Sea Cow, a film by artist Etienne de France, will be screening at Reykjavik Art Museum (by Tryggvagata, Reykjavík) in collaboration with the French Embassy and Reykjavik Shorts & Docs Festival, as a special off venue event Tuesday 8th of May @ 17:00. After the screening Etienne de France sits down for Q&A with Icelandic filmmaker Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir. The event is free and audience can enjoy a free glass of wine at a reception before the screening, in courtesy of the French Embassy in Iceland.

Tales of a Sea Cow describes how a team of scientists has achieved the first ever decoding of animal communication; for the first time in history, they translated the song of a marine mammal – the Steller’s sea cow-, a species, which was until now thought extinct since 1768, until its rediscovery in 2007, along the coasts of Greenland.

Born in 1984 in Paris, Etienne de France is visual artist living between Paris, France and Reykjavik, Iceland. He received a B.A in Art History in Paris (2002-2005), and then completed a B.A in Visual arts in the Iceland Art Academy of Reykjavik (2005-2008).

Etienne de France works with a wide variety of media and is focusing on different themes related to nature and landscape, sciences, experimental architecture and story-telling. He conceives his works as metaphorical proposals, projects that mix fiction and reality, a way allowing the artist to create a poetic distance, a metaphorical zone, where the doubt can exist, allowing to wonder and stimulate critical thinking. In 2012, he completed and presented his project Tales of a Sea Cow, which includes his first feature-length movie.

Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir (born 1975, Reykjavík) is an artist and filmmaker. She works in 16 mm film, video and installation and her films and projects range from the narrative to the abstract, documentary to the experimental. Ragnheiður is currently finishing an MFA in Fine Arts from Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2001. She is the co-founder and editor of Rafskinna, an interactive arts magazine. Ragnheiður lives in Reykjavík.

Reykjavik Shorts & Docs takes place at Bíó Paradís between May 6-9th. Full program and schedule  can be see here.

Following is the trailer for Tales of a Sea Cow. The stills with this post are from the film´s press kit.

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