In her poetic research documentary film Hinterland, Marie Voignier portrays the leisure world of Tropical Island, Europe‘s largest indoor rainforest. This tourist mega-project comes with a beach, tropical plants and several pools as well as bars and restaurants for Germans who are eager to go on holiday but who prefer to look for exoticism in their own back yard, where there is no danger of tropical pathogens or insects lurking and spoiling the idyllic illusion. This fabricated landscape has been housed on an old air base in the eastern German provinces, 70 km away from Berlin, under the enormous metal dome of an airship hangar for the German company CargoLifter, and is one of the world’s largest self-supporting halls. What Voignier is staging here is both the poetic archaeology of a place with its own special history as well as the yearning for ›the foreign‹ and ›the other‹ in the form of a holiday paradise that simulates exoticism. With humour and irony, Hinterland highlights the normality and ordinariness of the eccentric and confronts the artificial holiday world with its specific placing in the lesser developed area of Brandenburg. In this »hinterland« live the manager of the leisure centre, the villagers and also one young man who is trying to get a job here – normal people who make a living based on the dreams of others. A study of our relationship to time, space and illusion.
Film Series Fake Space
Awards for ›Hinterland‹
Ürix des Médiathèques – FID Marseille 2009
Born in 1974 in Ris-Orangis, France, Marie Voignier studied engineering at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne and at TU Berlin. She then completed an art degree at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon, where she has been a professor since 2011. She also lives and works as a film-maker and artist in Paris. Her films range from documentary to fiction as well as intersecting with the visual arts. Her works are mainly presented as video installations. In 2010 she held her first solo exhibition at the Galerie Marcelle Alix in Paris.
Films by Marie Voignier (Selection)
Tinselwood 2017 | Tourisme international 2017 | One by One 2014 | L’Hypothèse du Mokele-Mbembe 2012 | Hearing the shape of a drum 2010 | Au Travail 2008 | Un minimum de preuves 2007 | Le Bruit du canon 2006 | Western DDR 2005