International Competition : 2016 Feature Films

The Illinois Parables

Deborah Stratman

United States
Ciné + Distribution support award 2016

Faithful to the title of her film, Deborah Stratman sets up an allegorical and meditative field by narrating shorts stories set in the State of Illinois between the year 600 – namely far before the ‘birth of the nation’ –and 1985. This crossing over history occurs by way of the trace (or its absence) in the landscape, but also through archival images. The film further incorporates headings that reference the “Newsreel” which the writer Dos Passos had included in his USA trilogy (1938). The Illinois Parables is precise, sensitive, and generous. It organises visual, aural, and musical matter to narrate a fragment of the great American novel, in which ideals and violence, purity and sin seem condemned to cohabitate.  (Arnaud Hée)

Deborah Stratman is an artist and a filmmaker working on the relationship between physical environments and human struggles for power. She teaches at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Courts métrages
more than thirty shorts and art videos
Longs métrages
The BLVD (1999), Kings of the Sky (2004)

Deborah Stratman
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Steve Badgett, Melinda Fries, Edgar Jorge, Jennifer Lange, Chris Salveter, Deborah Stratman, Jacob Ross
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Deborah Stratman (Pythagoras Film)

French Premiere


Deborah Stratman

2016 Competition