The Primordial Impasse (2022)




« Why be afraid of the nothing in store for us

when it is no different from the one which preceded us? »

A man shares his thoughts on the condition preceding our birth.

A handful of fortuitous auditors are ephemerally linked by the

synchronous experience of listening to this reflexive message.

The project is based on the writings of philosopher Emil Cioran.




Experimental short film • Runtime: 03:20 • 4K Video

Color • Aspect ratio: 1,78:1 • Language: French




Screenwriting, directing, photography, editing, sound design, production:

Marco Joubert

Narrator: Jean Marchand

Listeners: Alex Horvat, Arno Paré and Emm Rodriguez

Extras / Hands: Geneviève Guernier and Emm Rodriguez

Original Music: Nicholas Gnatenko


Marco Joubert | Filmmaker + cinegrapher





Winner: Best Photography Award, Three Minutes Video Competition, Chiayi, Taiwan, 2022

Winner: Best Experimental Short, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2022

Winner: Best Editing, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2022

Nominee: Best Director, Busan New Wave Short Film Festival, Busan, South Korea, 2022

Nominee: Best Experimental, Korea International Short Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea, 2022

Nominee: Best MLC Jewel - Experimental, MLC Awards, North Little Rock, United States, 2023

Nominee: Best Cinematography, New York Odyssey Film Festival, New York City, United States, 2022

Nominee: Best Cinematography, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2022

Nominee: Best Original Idea, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2022

Nominee: Best Music, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2022

Official Selection, 21114 Film Fest, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2022

Official Selection, Athens International Digital Film Festival, Athens, Greece, 2022

Official Selection, Cut International Short Film Festival, Linwood, United States, 2022

Official Selection, Deep Fried Film Festival, Airdrie, United Kingdom, 2022

Official Selection, Festival Fotogenia, Mexico City, Mexico, 2022

Official Selection, FINCORTEX - Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Experimentales, Tunja, Colombia, 2023

Official Selection, Lifft India Filmotsav - World Cine Fest, Lonavala, India, 2022

Official Selection, SATX Cinema Showdown, San Antonio, United States, 2022

Finalist, International Moving Film Festival, Abadan, Iran, 2022

Honorable Mention, Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan, 2022




Veterinarska Ambulanta Darvin, Novi Sad, Serbia, 12/2022

Udruženje CPZV, Novi Sad, Serbia, 12/2022

Studio New Star Art Cinema, Athens, Greece, 12/2022

Centro Cultural Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexico City, Mexico, 11/2022

Levoy Theatre, Millville, United States, 10/2022




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