En garde


Installation, Full HD, 17min., color, sound, DE/e, 2014 

The art of fencing and hypnosis: at the place where two such disparate practices meet, the respective contours of their idiosyncratic dynamics become even sharper. Leoni puts a focus on the powerful impact of this encounter in the contestable zones where extremes collide: in one case, on a clearly demarcated field in which every movement – attempting to either defend or transgress boundaries – is minutely measured; in the other case, as a hypnotic liminal condition, as an associative journey through highly personal and fragile territory. This meeting space and questions related to the negotiation, placement and breaching of borders are themes that propel the cinematic approach of Leoni’s dynamic oeuvre. 
Doris Gassert 

Venues: Kunsthalle Bern, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Stadtkino Basel / Ausstellungsraum Schwarzwaldalle Basel, Stadtgalerie Bern, Historical Museum of Crete, Greece, ZOOM Basler Filme im Fokus, Cinéma au Palais, Nuit Blanche Montreal



Maître d'Armes Basler Fechtclub and Action Types Profiler: Vincent Laplaze 
2nd Maître d'Armes: Jean-Marie Grubo 
Fencers: Felix Bernauer-Neuschutz, Cornelia Bevilaqua, Lukas Blaser, Mitchell Brüderlin, Nathalie Bucher, Andreas Burkhalter, Sandra Derron, Sarah Keller, Kristof Kühl, Jakob Loeffler, Gerard Martinez, Michèle Mindach, Nicole Näf, Richiger, Evgenia Papadaki, Michel Schenkel, Moïra Schmidlin, Silvia Schneider, Stephanie Schneider, André Stoller, Janina Thiele, Peter Philippe Weiss, Martin Widmer 
Woman in hypnosis: Sara Gassmann 

Producer, Director, Editor: Florine Leoni 
Director of photography: Aurelio Buchwalder 
Sounddesign and mastering: Robert Torche 
Mixdown: Hans Ulrich 
Soundengineers: Tobias Koch, Lukas Huber, Cedric Spindler 
Supported by: Fachausschuss Audiovision und Multimedia BS/BL, Kultur Stadt Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Argusch AG, Erdgas


Link to the film upon request. 





En garde, publication


Academic essay by Dr. phil. Doris Gassert 
Graphic design by Dominique Berrel Grafik 
27x24cm, 60 pages, english / german, 200 exemplars 
Published June 2014 in Basel, CH 
Available at STAMPA Basel or via PM.

Can be borrowed at Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek (Sign: Kbq 1019)