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Sandy Amerio



Feeling deprived of his status and confronted with a fear of his own disappearance, a man tries to renew links with his vital forces and lost faith, through the incantation of a parallel heroic tale. At the very heart of the aesthetic of archival films and in particular their televisual reinterpretation, Sandy Amerio expresses the possibility of a vertiginous return of the Second World War into the present. A remarkable documentary, Dragooned deploys hypnotic magic, an emotional trap where the rituals of fiction colonize reality.

→ 45 min, Français / Anglais, 2012

Selections & Awards

Sélections :


Hamburg Documentary Film Festival – Sélection Officielle,  Cinémathèque Québécoise de Montréal , Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) – Sélection Officielle Forum Expanded


Symposium: l’Archive Vivante (The living archive) – Paris 7 – Diderot University , Cinéma MK2 Beaubourg (Paris) / Les Séances Phantom , Le Havre Modern Art Museum ,FID Marseille – National competition , Exhibition « Un envoûtement de l’Histoire » (A spell cast on History) / Espace Khiasma (Les Lilas, France)

Technical details

Title Dragooned
Directed by Sandy Amerio
Produced by Sandy Amerio, Khiasma, Olivier Marboeuf

Coproduction  École Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts de Nantes Métropole
Year of production juin 2012
Running time 45 min.
Original language français / anglais
Subtitles  anglais à venir
Format  16/10
Shooting format HDV
Screening format beta num + blu ray
Sound stéréo
Colour black & white, colour


Cinematography Julien Mata
Script Sandy Amerio
Sound Nicolas Langlois
Music « Pomp and Circumstance (march no.3) » by Sir Edgard William Edgar,
« Suggestion Box » produced by the US office of war information
Editing Sandy Amerio

Special effects, 3D, tracking, calibration Fabrice Di Cicco
Voice-over Lemmy Constantine

Picture-s   1 / 4




Sandy Amerio

Born in 1973 in Paris.

Lives and works in Berlin and Paris.



In her work, Sandy Amerio initiates confrontations of contemporary society with the aesthetic codes and issues that circulate within it. Her films reveal the deeply heterogenous and violent nature of our realities, reflected in their representations. In an anthropological approach, she creates based on narratives and images that are parts of the collective unconscious. She is one of the pionneers of the notion of storytelling, with the film Hear me, children-yet-to-be-born and her fiction book Storytelling, index sensible pour agora non représentative (2004), jointly published by the ENSBA, the Ricard Foundation and the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. She has participated in the exhibitions: Celebration (2010, Uqbar, Berlin), Double Vision (2010, Lu Factory, Nantes and Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo), Videos Europa (2009, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing) and NY, NY, NY, so nice we named it thrice (2007, Flux Factory, New York), among others.