Una Palestra, in una prigione. Degli allievi pugili, un ex campione di Francia e la boxe tailandese. I sospiri, i colpi e la stanchezza del corpo. Sguardi scambiati, visi offerti. L'allenamento quotidiano, e fuori a volte I combattati. Una macchina per evadere, per tornare.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Director and photographer of his own films, Combats Intimes is his third documentary, marked by its strong visual dramaturgy. It is a film about trainee boxers in prison surroundings.On completion of his masters degree in documentary film-making in Lussas, France del Rio first made Être là (57’ 2005, Les Productions de La Lanterne), in which he explores notions of bodily engagement as he follows a group of people acting as a human shield in Palestine. In 2009 he made his début in 16mm with an essay film, L'Enclave (17', Cinédoc), which sets a schizophrenic narration against a peripheral urban environment.
He also combines cinema, painting and installation in collaboration with Pierre Bendine Boucar, with the aim of establishing a dialogue between the works of the artist and his videos, in a game which alternates between the wall, the space and the screen. Their latest cooperation was on the exhibition, No one is Fantomas, May to July 2015 in the Contemporary Art Centre in Istres.