The Empty Sphere
LE CERCLE VIDE
France, 2022, 19'
A shower of glowing debris falls from the sky and penetrates the atmosphere. Some welcome the image of this dazzling sight in the darkness with astonishment. The camera then takes us into an observatory, on Earth. An artificial satellite is ready for the launch into orbit. A scientist reveals her attachment to this object and the paradoxical nature of this bond: the origin of its journey will actually coincide with its very end. The satellite will reach the atmosphere and then plunge into the depths of the Pacific Ocean, in search of a mysterious site that has never been recorded in pictures.
The Empty Sphere combines live footage and fiction, driving us to the boundaries of the visible, in a reverse science-fiction journey. Stéphanie Roland gives life to an unidentified filmic object; an essay that, in-between references to astronomy and Homeric poetry, scans the potential of cinema in an ideal unification of the filmmaker’s and the explorer’s missions to explore what lies beyond the wild horizons of the sea and the sky.