François constitutes, along with the film Johan, a purely documentary portrait of patients with aphasia. François, a middle-aged man, suffers from aphasia – memory lapses – and he has trouble finding the right words for simple expressions. In order to train his memory he undergoes various treatments in a hospital, among them speech therapy. During one of these sessions Augustijnen is present with his camera, filming François who keeps chattering incessantly to fill the gaps in his memory. The editing accentuates the unfocused and stammering line of thought of the aphasia patient.
Concept, image, editing Sven Augustijnen
Produced by Projections vzw
Co-produced by Contour – Biënnale voor videokunst
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund