Directed by PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT. Original music by MARC HURTADO.
2017 / 49 minutes
Filmed in the lost territories of the Balkans, RUINS RIDER portrays the secret ruins that triggered trances over the past centuries. Using an array of hypnotic pulsating flickers, filmmaker Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt conceived an explosive kinetic experience. Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack by Marc Hurtado of the cult project Étant Donnés, RUINS RIDER is a visceral experience of hypnagogic archeology and raw energy.
"Remarkable, invigorating and immersive work. A deeply committed and brilliantly hypnotic film. Powerful."
– ALCHEMY FILM & MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL
"Ruins Rider is marked as the most powerful of the films that I have seen. It’s a real subject explored with great energy using the new art of the computer to great effect and viscerally stimulating. There is history and ideas and technological wizardry."
– FILMMAKER, WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER TIMOTHY NEAT
"For Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt this is an attempt to inject a convulsive barbarization, or a self-barbarization as Alain Brossat calls it, into the anesthetized social body in order to jolt it with a reviving electroshock."
– ESSE ARTS + OPINIONS
"Mover-and-shaker Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt treated us to a night of his curated film showings at San Francisco Cinematheque. His goal is to “push the envelope” and we think he succeeded!"
– RE/SEARCH PUBLICATIONS. V. VALE