Guillaume Dustan, 2002

Guillaume Dustan


Writer, publisher, magistrate, Guillaume Dustan (1959-1993) is less well-known for his films. This despite the fact that he shot no fewer than 19 films between 2000 and 2004, working completely independently, and reflected seriously as to their distribution, including in his final book Premier essai, where he wrote: “My films are shot according to the Warholian dogma on DV with a very nice little Sony camera which produces a very strange image quality, without credits, with live sounds, with no editing. They’re shot-edited.” The films were never screened during Dustan’s lifetime, and only occasionally following his death, until 2019 when they were restored and circulated through a series of retrospective film series and exhibitions thanks to the work of Julien Laugier, Pascaline Morincôme and Olga Rozenblum with Philippe Joanny and Tim Madesclaire. Montre † lèvres is Dustan’s last film, the only made in 2004, and was shot when he returned to Douai to take up his post as a magistrate once again out of financial necessity following the closure of the ‘Rayon’ LGBT collection that he oversaw from 1999 to 2003 at Éditions Balland.