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VENUES:

Centre Pompidou
Entrance rue St Merri, along the south facade of the building
Cinéma 1 – Cinéma 2 – Petite salle – Grande salle

Forum des images
Forum des halles, 2 rue du cinéma, Paris 1er
Salle 100 – Salle 300

Le Luminor Hôtel de Ville
20 rue du Temple, Paris 4e
Grande salle

MK2 Beaubourg
50 rue Rambuteau, Paris 3e
Salle 1

TICKETS:

Online ticketing services:
Centre Pompidou: billetterie.centrepompidou.fr
Forum des images: forumdesimages.fr
Luminor Hôtel de Ville: luminor-hoteldeville.com/reserver/
MK2 Beaubourg: mk2.com/reservation
You can also direcltly book your tickets on the app Cinéma du réel, available on Apple Store and Google Play.

Full price: 6€
Concession: 4€ (venues conditions) / 5€ and 4€ for the Forum des images
Book of 10 tickets: 29€
Warning: Books of tickets can only be purchased at the tills of the Centre Pompidou.
They can be used in all of the venues

OTHER VENUES OF THE FESTIVAL:

Bulac : 65 rue des Grands Moulins, Paris 13e
Centre culturel suisse : 38 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3e
Église Saint-Merry : 76 rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4e
Majectic Bastille : 2/4 Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, Paris 11e

Le Djurdjura : 1 rue aux Ours, Paris 3e. Join us for a drink between 10.30pm and 2.00am

  1. The 43rd Cinéma du réel International Film Festival will be held in Paris at the Centre Pompidou and other venues from March 12nd to 21st 2021. The festival is organized by the Bibliothèque publique d’information (Public Information Library), The Association Les Amis du Cinéma du réel, the Centre Pompidou, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture (Service of Book and Reading and Heritage Directorate), le Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (National Film Centre-CNC), the Ile-de-France Regional Council, the City of Paris, the Procirep Television Commission, the Société civile des auteurs multimédia (SCAM Authors’ Society), the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM).
  2. Cinéma du réel gives priority to cinematographic writing and approaches coinciding with a broad understanding of documentary that can challenge the traditional borders of the genre, whatever the subject, length, format or form. Nonetheless we strongly insist that the Festival is not seeking news reports, current affairs programmes, promotional or corporate films. We invite you to learn about the festival’s editorial line by browsing through the previous years’ selections on the website.
  3. The festival’s artistic direction determines the selection of films and the sections in which they will be programmed: an International Selection and a French Selection, both including short films, feature films and first films, and, out of competition, special screenings and thematic programmes.
  4. The films submitted must have been completed after January 15th 2020.
  5. Each film in competition will be screened twice during the festival, at least one of these screenings will be followed by a Q&A. The filmmakers’ presence is requested. The festival contributes to their travelling and accommodation expenses. The film may also be part of a Cinéma du réel programme in regions’ or abroad, during or after the festival, with the right-holder’s agreement.
  6. Only films never screened in France (French premieres) are eligible for the International Selection, that is films that have never been screened publicly in France, broadcast on French television or broadcast on the internet on websites accessible from France. Films that do not fit this description will not be taken into consideration. Priority will be given to films never screened anywhere (World premieres) and to films never screened outside of their production country/countries (International premieres). French minority coproductions will compete in the International Selection.  
  7. Only French films never screened anywhere (World premieres) are eligible for the French Selection, that is films never screened publicly, broadcast on television or broadcast on the internet anywhere in the world. Films that do not fit this description will not be taken into consideration. French majority coproductions will compete in the French Selection.
  8. Registration and Viewing Material
    8.1 All films sent to the festival must be submitted by completing the online submission form available on the website.
    The information given in this form will be used to publish the technical details of the films on our website, press kit and catalogue. If the film is selected, this information will not be accessible or updatable later than mid-February.
    8.2 Deadlines
    8.2.1 – Films completed between January 15th and August 1st 2020: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent by September 30th 2020.
    8.2.2 – Films completed after August 1st 2020: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent by November 1st 2020.
    8.2.3 – Films still under completion on November 1st 2020: Online submission duly completed by  November 1st 2020 and viewing material to be sent by December 1st 2020.
    8.3 There is no guarantee that films registered or sent after the above-mentioned deadlines will be taken into consideration.
    8.4. To watch the films submitted for selection, the festival team will need a password-protected, downloadable preview link (Vimeo, YouTube…). If submitters are not able to upload the film on the Internet, we accept DVDs (-R if possible) to be sent to the address given at the end of the submission form.
    8.5. Films sent for consideration must be in their original version and subtitled in English or French (if spoken in another language).
    8.6. The sender assumes mailing costs for the DVDs, as well as any related duties, charges and fees, notably shipping and customs charges. For DVDs sent from abroad, we advise you to include the following on the envelope: “No commercial value. For cultural purposes only”.
    8.7. The festival keeps the viewing material for the sole purposes of documentation, promotion and viewing by professionals on its premises for a maximum period of 6 months, except for films included in the Festival’s video library, and will only return the viewing material upon formal request by the sender.
  9. Selection
    9.1. Filmmakers whose films have been selected for the festival will be contacted personally.
    9.2. By mid-February 2021, the official selection will be published on the festival website.
    9.3. The filmmakers and right-holders of the selected films agree not to withdraw the films from the Festival programme after it has been announced mid-February 2021. The filmmakers and right-holders also agree not to screen or broadcast the film in France or abroad without the agreement of the Festival direction, and this until after the end of the festival.
    9.4. The blurbs on the films in competition are written by the festival programming team, at its discretion.
  10. Awards
    10.1.1 The films in the International selection and in the French selection compete for:
    – The Cinéma du réel Grand Prix (Grand Prix Cinéma du réel), funded by the Bpi with the support of Procirep
    – Scam International Award (Prix International de la Scam), funded by the Scam
    – Institut français – Louis Marcorelles Award (Prix de l’Institut français – Louis Marcorelles), funded by the Institut français
    Original Music Award (Prix de la musique originale), funded by the Sacem
    – Loridan Ivens – CNAP  Award (Prix Loridan Ivens – CNAP), funded CAPI Films and the CNAP
    – Short Film Award (Prix du Court Métrage), funded by the Bpi
    Tënk Award, funded by Tënk
    – The Youth Jury Award (Prix des Jeunes), funded by Ciné+
    – The Library Award (Prix des Bibliothèques), funded by the Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles, Ministry of Culture and Communication
    – Intangible Heritage Award (Prix du Patrimoine de l’Immatériel), awarded and funded by the Département du pilotage de la recherche et de la politique scientifique, Ministry of Culture and Communication
    – Bois d’Arcy Prisoners’ Award, no financial reward
    10.1.2 The films in the « First Window » section compete for:
    –  “First Window” Audience Award (Prix du public « Première fenêtre »), funded by the CNC
    10.2 The attribution of mentions is entirely left to the discretion of the individual juries.
    10.3. The award amounts are paid to the filmmakers, with the exception of the Original Music Award, the Youth Award and Tënk Award. The festival cannot be held responsible for, or be involved in any further financial agreement resulting from the filmmakers’ contractual obligations.
    10.4. The right-holders of the awarded films must agree for their films to be shown as part of a rerun of the award list, when it is organized by the festival, either online or as part of screenings in France or abroad.
    10.5. Films awarded at Cinéma du réel are obliged to prominently include the logo provided corresponding to the award received on all promotional documents (posters, flyers, postcards, etc.) and press kits published after the festival, in the context of a theatrical release or a presentation at a festival in France and abroad. This logo will also have to appear on DVDs and on the film’s credits
    10.6. Films selected are invited to use the logo provided by the festival indicating their selection at Cinéma du réel 2021 on promotional documents, DVDs and on the credits of the film.
  11. Prints and format
    11.1. The Festival has facilities to screen 16 and 35mm prints, DCP, digital files (for further information, please contact the festival staff). Blu-rays will only be accepted as back-ups. The Festival prefers the original exhibition format of the completed work. Only quality prints or digital copies will be accepted.
    11.2. The screening material of the films must reach the festival mid-February 2021 at the latest. No modified versions of the films will be accepted after this date.
    11.3. The submitter is responsible for shipping costs and import fees to the festival. We will only assume the return expenses of the selected films, as well as storage and insurance expenses of the films from the time they are received until they are sent back. In case of loss or damage during this period, the Festival will assume responsibility only for the replacement value of the print at the current rate.
    11.4. The films in the competitive sections (International Selection and French Selection) and the films presented as Special Screenings are provided to the festival free of charge.
  12. Subtitles and versions
    All films of the different competitive sections must be accessible to French- and English-speaking audiences.
    12.1. Films in the International Selection
    – If the language of the film is French, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with an English-subtitled print.
    – If the language of the film is English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a French-subtitled print or with an .srt or .stl French subtitle file.
    – If the language of the film is neither French nor English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a print subtitled in one of these languages and an .srt or .stl subtitle file in the other language.
    12.2. Films in the French Selection.
    – If the language of the film is French, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with an English-subtitled print.
    – If the language of the film is English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a French-subtitled print.
    – If the language of the film is neither French nor English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a print subtitled in one of these languages and an .srt or .stl subtitle file in the other language.
    12.3. All subtitle material must be sent in its final version, corresponding to the screening version of the film. The elements necessary to the electronic subtitling of the films must reach the festival on February 15th 2021 at the latest.
  13. Video library and VoD
    – Films selected as part of the International Selection and French Selection will be included in the festival video library, accessible to professional accreditation holders, online on the secure festival Vimeo page and on site at the festival, and only during the event. After the festival, the films in the video library will be accessible to researchers and programming professionals, at the festival office only.
    – The festival also has VoD partners. Film rights holders will be offered the possibility for their films to be part of these VoD programmes.
  14. The festival entry fee is 10€. No waivers will be granted. Registrations are considered complete only once the fee has been received by the festival.
  15. Registrations involve the full acceptance of the terms and provisions of the present Rules and Regulations. Should any litigation arise, only the French version of the Rules and Regulations shall prevail.

August 2020

The film submissions to the 43rd edition of Cinéma du réel (March 12th – 21st 2021) are now open!

The films submitted must have been completed after January 15th 2020.

Only films never screened in France (French premieres) are eligible for the International Selection, that is films that have never been screened publicly in France, broadcast on French television or broadcast on the internet on websites accessible from France. Films that do not fit this description will not be taken into considerationPriority will be given to films never screened anywhere (World premieres) and to films never screened outside of their production country/countries (International premieres). French minority coproductions will compete in the International Selection.

Only French films never screened anywhere (World premieres) are eligible for the French Selection, that is films never screened publicly, broadcast on television or broadcast on the internet anywhere in the world. Films that do not fit this description will not be taken into consideration. French majority coproductions will compete in the French Selection.

You may fill in our form by following this link.

Please make sure to meet our deadlines:

– Films completed between January 15th and August 1st 2020: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent by September 30th 2020.
– Films completed after August 1st 2020: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent by November 1st 2020.
– Films still under completion on November 1st 2020: Online submission duly completed by November 1st 2020 and viewing material to be sent by December 1st 2020.

Full regulations to be found here.

CINÉMA DU RÉEL GRAND PRIX

THE YEAR OF THE DISCOVERY (El Año del descubrimiento) by Luis López Carrasco

SCAM INTERNATIONAL AWARD & LIBRARY AWARD 

MAKONGO by Elvis Sabin Ngaibino

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS – LOUIS MARCORELLES AWARD

CHRONICLE TO THE STOLEN LAND (Chronique de la terre volée) by Marie Dault

We are very happy to see the interest shown in the history of Venezuelan working-class districts, and to see that this struggle is looking at us. And what does it see when it looks at us? Us, here, in the confinement of our spaces, our houses, our territories, and way that these are unfairly shared out. And, when this struggle looks at us, it also sees those who have access to space, to land, to the protection of a home and those who have no right or title to share a territory. So it is with these people, those who have no right to being, that we share this award. Thank you for having seen in this film the experience of a world that you have decided – by giving this award – to recognise as your own. We dream that we will keep in mind the case of Venezuela’s working class districts when it is time to build the world after. – Marie Dault

CINÉMA DU RÉEL YOUNG JURY AWARD & INSTITUT FRANÇAIS – LOUIS MARCORELLES AWARD (Special Mention)

I’m very happy that this film was able to move the juries in such a troubled time, while their members, in lockdown and separated, had to watch the selection online. Many thanks to Catherine Bizern and all her team for having managed to keep the Cinéma du reel alive despite the cancellation and everything being suspended! Thank you to Gaëlle Jones, the film’s producer, so daring and tenacious. I don’t think that there are many producers today as committed as she is. Thank you to Géraldine Gomez, who has warmly supported us from the outset, to  Charlotte Tourrès, Carole Verner and Ivan Gariel, who accompanied the work without faltering. Finally, thank you to Nathalie Richard because, at the end of the journey, her talent and elegance made it possible for this form to exist. Certainly, in the present context of collapse, the film cannot but resonate differently. And I have not yet measured to what extent and in what way the point of the film has shifted. I find that the “special mention” fits it very well and am delighted! Also, I was especially pleased that it had convinced the members of the Young Jury, which means they are not faint-hearted faced with the spectacle that our wars produce. I wanted these images to be seen on the big screen, it was even one of the challenges of this project, so this aid for its distribution will provide valuable support. Thanks again to all of you! I really hope that we can meet up soon, see the films in cinemas, and discuss together freely and endlessly.  – Eléonore Weber

LORIDAN-IVENS / CNAP AWARD

YESTERDAY THERE WERE STRANGE THINGS IN THE SKY (Ontem havia coisas estranhas no céu) by Bruno Risas

We are currently experiencing a huge movement in the world. It manifests itself with this new virus that highlights the mistreatment that we have subjected to life on the planet for centuries. Here in Brazil, to top it off, taking the place of the leader of the state we have a man who is a blatant genocide, someone who wants to promote in Brazil the return to the social structures that Europe lived in the 16th century. The same social structures that founded expansionist and extractive thinking that transformed Pindorama, Abya Yala, Tawantinsuyu, Anahuac and other territories in what we now call America. The conditions that permit a man like him to have such power nowadays are wounds that remain open and that are felt daily in the violent contradictions inherent in this historical process. Sadly, we follow the worldwide quarantine that impeded hundreds of things, including being together in the screenings at Paris’ theaters. Despite of everything, we will celebrate. Because celebrating is a gesture of denial to what is imposed: a reality that does not contemplate our possibilities to perceive the world, to desire the world. We will celebrate and thank you for the work of the festival team in keeping it up and allowing our sensibilities to be shared. We also thank the jury that granted us this award for the care and attention to the film. In addition to the joy of touching someone emotionally with this film, this cash prize will be very important to encourage the continuity of our work in the face of the interruption of public policies for Brazilian cinema. I hope that we can meet in person soon.Finally, I want to say some last words by myself. I need to thank in particular each person who was part of this long living/filming process, reconfiguring our notions of work, ritual and affection, whose dedication materializes in each frame and each noise of this film. To the family, the team, the Sancho & Punta partnerships, the friends. Much love. – Bruno Risas

LORIDAN-IVENS / CNAP AWARD (Special Mention)

EXPEDITION CONTENT by Ernst Karel, Veronika Kusumaryati

We would like to thank the Cinéma du Réel for selecting our work “Expedition Content” for the festival. Moreover, we are grateful to the jury for this special mention for the Cinéma du Réel Loridan-Ivens / CNAP. “Expedition Content” is a work about encounters, those between the Hubula people and Michael Rockefeller, and we take inspiration from films such as “Chronique d’un été,” which, in this case through Loridan-Ivens’ question, shows us how unexpected encounters can reveal a visible and hidden work of history. Today, under the tremendous pressure from militarization and massive developmental projects under the Indonesian administration, globalization, and global threats like the coronavirus, the Hubula and their fellow Papuans are struggling to maintain their dignity and survival as a people. We hope that this work will bring attention to West Papua and invite solidarity to the Papuan people. – Ernst Karel, Veronika Kusumaryati

SHORT FILM AWARD

BACK TO 2069 by Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky

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DON’T RUSH by Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky

We are very grateful for being awarded the Cinema du Reel short film prize for Back to 2069 and Don’t Rush, two films that are particularly relatable in this time of confinement and lockdown, solitude and hope for freedom and togetherness. We first would like to thank our friends Renia, Elvira, Vagelis, Athanasios, and the trio Alekos, Giannis, Vlasis – without whom the films would not exist – as well our families, Grimmuseum and Michigan Films, our Belgian producers that supported us throughout this journey. We also would like to thank all the people that have seen the films so far, and that have expressed to us a strong emotional bond to the films, especially when it comes to the radical grace of Don’t Rush. Octavio Paz said in his Labyrinth of Solitude that what Filoktitis feared, alone on his island, was not so much not being rescued by society, but rather being reintegrated into it by force. So one wonders now how to face the same senselessness of going back to the “normal world order”, when it should urge us to make changes. In this regard a cinema of change and transformation is what might be the driving force of filmmaking. Thanks again. Viva! – Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky

SHORT FILM AWARD (Special Mention)

RESERVE by Gerard Ortín Castellví

“Première fenêtre” Audience Award

MARIA K. by Juan Francisco González

In times of global social crisis, cinema plays a role of resistance so that we can reflect, imagine and build a society different from the current one. Many thanks to the whole team and to my colleagues from the Ateliers Varan, and especially to María Koleva – Juan Francisco González

Despite the Covid-19 health crisis, Cinéma du réel has decided
to keep the festival and its awards alive online.

AWARDED BY THE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY JURY :

The feature documentary film jury comprised the following members: Florian Caschera (musician and composer, aka Sing Sing), Stéphane Mercurio (filmmaker), Hania Mroué (director of the Métropolis film theatre, Beirut), Terutaro Osanaï (producer), Cristina Piccino (film critic and head of the Film department at Il Manifesto newspaper)
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CINÉMA DU RÉEL GRAND PRIX
Funded by the Bibliothèque publique d’information (€ 5,000) and the Procirep (€ 3,000), and awarded to one feature film from both International and French Selections

THE YEAR OF THE DISCOVERY (El Año del descubrimiento)by Luis López Carrasco
2020 / Spain / 200’

Laudatum Jury:

A great epic of the spoken word in a post-Franco and post-industrial-crisis Spain, where the same bar is filmed, evening and morning, as a Noah’s Ark AND tower of Babel, the film is akin to a stained-glass window, shaking up temporalities, a dissonant, albeit magnificently cadenced choir, a patient, generous and formally admirable work.
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SCAM INTERNATIONAL AWARD
€5,000 funded by La Scam, is awarded to a feature film from the International Selection

MAKONGO by Elvis Sabin Ngaibino
2020 / Central Africa, Argentina, Italy / 72’

Laudatum Jury:

The filmmaker manages to move us with a forceful, simple film. His protagonists’ deep humanity coupled with powerful and rigorous cinematographic work impressed us. Made in the Central African forest, the film tackles universal themes with finesse and complexity.

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INSTITUT FRANÇAIS – LOUIS MARCORELLES AWARD Funded by the Institut français (€ 5,000) and awarded to a mainly French production feature film from both International and French Selections

CHRONICLE TO THE STOLEN LAND (Chronique de la terre volée) by Marie Dault
2020 / France / 89’

Laudatum Jury :

The splendid energy of the film and its protagonists plunges us into a Caracas neighbourhood with a story that has a rare force. The figure of a woman fighting adversity with generosity and dignity is truly magnificent. The film touches on complex and universal issues and opens the door to hope with its masterful narration.

Special Mention to 

THERE WILL BE NO MORE NIGHT (Il n’y aura plus de nuit) by Eléonore Weber
2020 / France / 75’

The Feature Documentary jury gives a special mention to There Will Be No More NightbyEléonore Weber, a disturbing documentary in which Blackness is both subject and material, night is a reversible space and war, above all, a length of time. An impressive plastic work, the film installs a dizziness and sows doubts about itself, like the reflection of stars on water.
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by Eléonore Weber
2020 / France / 75’
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ORIGINAL MUSIC AWARD
Funded by the Sacem (€ 1,000), is awarded to the composer of a film from both International and French Selections

THE TWO SIGHTS (An Da Shealladh) by Joshua Bonnetta
2020 / United Kingdom, Canada / 88’

Laudatum Jury :

An Da Shealladh (The Two Sights) is a film by the filmmaker and acoustician Joshua Bonnetta, whose splendid abstract score, mid-way between a field recording, psalm and restless melody, in itself creates a whole world haunted by animals, ghosts and phenomena, on an equal footing with the images.

Special Mention to 

BRING DOWN THE WALLS by Phil Collins
2020 / Germany, USA / 87’

The Feature Documentary jury gives a special mention to Phil Collins’  Bring Down the Walls, whose soundtrack is here again an integral part of the film, since the very joyous House Music classics that make up the track not only impart rhythm to the film throughout, but also create a good half of its fever, stoke its militant fires and turn its rhetoric into a party.

AWARDED BY THE SHORT FILM & FIRST FILM JURY :

The Short Film & First Film jury comprised the following members: François  Bonenfant (pedagogical coordinator, Le Fresnoy), Miguel Dias (director of the Vila do Conde short film festival), Elena Lopez Riera (filmmaker)
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LORIDAN-IVENS / CNAP AWARD
Funded by CAPI Films (€ 2,500) and the Cnap (€ 4,000), is awarded to a first feature film from both International and French Selections

YESTERDAY THERE WERE STRANGE THINGS IN THE SKY (Ontem havia coisas estranhas no céu) by Bruno Risas
2019 / Brazil / 110’

Laudatum Jury :

For the observation of a family going about their daily life, akin to a home-movie, becoming the story of the making of the film itself, staging the representation of what’s true and false, of the documentary image and its fictional flipside, like an unexpected upsurge of fiction in the film. Ultimately, what we have here is a film pursuing those unique moments when cinema can produce itself.

Special Mention to

EXPEDITION CONTENT by Ernst Karel, Veronika Kusumaryati
2020 / USA / 78’

For the extraordinary exploration of archives and the brilliant anthropological and political essay that this film constitutes. The jury also commends the radical approach to a cinematographic language capable of leading the spectator into a sensory immersion where the darkness invites us to discover the missing images.
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SHORT FILM AWARD
Funded by the Bibliothèque publique d’information (€ 2,500) and awarded to a short film from both International and French Selections

BACK TO 2069 by Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky
2019 / Belgium, France, Germany / 40’

ex aequo with

DON’T RUSH by Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky
2020 / Belgium, France, Germany / 53’

Laudatum Jury :

For their joyful exploration of all the possibilities of reality and their visionary uniqueness, be it by hijacking a video game or through the siloed exploration of the deeply human and subversive character of rebetiko . The jury saw these two films as two sides of the same coin, combining the different political and aesthetic strata of a single territory. The mythical past, the diaries and the possibility of  an elsewhere are convened here in an astonishing and audacious manner. These two films form a brilliant diptych that calls on us to reflect on contemporary cinematographic language.

Special mention to

RESERVE by Gerard Ortín Castellví
2020 / Spain / 27’

This mention is given to the film Reserve for its experimental approach to the representation of nature proposed by the film, its ironic and disturbing character, and for its reflection on the consequences of humans’ action when they interfere with nature by dominating it.

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TËNK SHORT FILM AWARD
Funded by Tënk (5,00 € and acquisition of SVOD broadcasting rights on the platform Tënk) and awarded to a short film from both International and French Selections

THIS MEANS MORE by Nicolas Gourault
2019 / France / 22’

Laudatum Jury :

Building on archive and computer-generated images depicting the changing architecture of football stadiums, this film combines an aesthetic, political and social approach. As an astonishing and disturbing vision of the evolution of society itself and of the way in which we are all tied to one another, the film highlights the growing commercialisation of a spectacle that ultimately betrays its working-class origins.

AWARDED BY THE YOUNG JURY :

CINÉMA DU RÉEL YOUNG JURY AWARD
Funded by Ciné + (€ 15,000 as an acquisition of broadcasting rights) and awarded to a feature film from both International and French Selections, for its theatrical distribution

This year, the Young Jury–Cinéma du réel comprised the following members: Emeric Gallego, Savannah Garcia, Vincent Jondeau, Marvin Jouligneu, Julie Marechal, Angèle Meschin. Accompanied by the filmmaker Catalina Vilar

THERE WILL BE NO MORE NIGHT (Il n’y aura plus de nuit) by Eléonore Weber
2020 / France / 75’

Jury Laudatum :

This festival marathon has been like no other, as you can well imagine.

We were unable to watch the films in the magical immersion of a film theatre, which of course is frustrating. On the other hand, we decided to meet virtually and comment at length on each of the films. I was impressed by the seriousness with which all the members of the “young jury” handled this exercise And by the generosity of their gaze. I found it so enriching to share these discussions with them; their different sensitivities and perceptions, but also their great aesthetic, political and cinematographic rigour.

Through all these films, this confinement reminds us that the world was already ailing. But the characters who are struggling, rebelling, questioning give us hope. As do the filmmakers who give us food for thought through their films. More than ever before, we felt that art is precious not only for what it reveals about the world, but also for the close company it offers us at this unprecedented time.

The deliberation was not simple. For the jury, each film had its raison d’être and relevance. The choice was a painful one, and they wished they could have given awards to more films. But only one could be kept. So I hand over to them to express their choice. Catalina Vilar

The Young Jury–Cinéma du réelAward is funded by Ciné+ (€15,000 as an acquisition of cablecasting rights from a distributor) and awarded to a feature documentary from the Competition for theatrical exhibition.

The choice was not an easy one. Torn, overwhelmed and intrigued by so many films and different forms of expression, we finally managed to agree on this strange, poetic and innovative film: There Will Be No More Night. The film constantly challenges our relationship to reality. What do the images show us? What multiple realities do they reveal? By shattering the supposed objectivity of images of war, the film invites us into a hypnotic experience. This produces a curious paradox: a continuing expansion of our vision that ultimately impairs our visibility.  There Will Be No More Night is a shock. The film gave us a lump in our throats and we came out of it troubled.  By challenging our place as a spectator of these images, Éléonore Weber seems to summon the powers of cinema in face of this war of what is “seen” and what is “visible”. We chose to give it our Young Jury Award as we considered it to be both a magnificent and necessary film that shows a certain reality of war and its horrors, while plunging us into the pilots’ sensory and psychological experience, by putting us in their position.

AWARDED BY THE LIBRARY JURY :

LIBRARY AWARD 
Funded by the Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles of the Ministry of Culture (€ 2,500) and awarded to a film of more than 50 minutes from the International Competition. The awarded film is purchased by the Bibliothèque publique d’information for inclusion in the library’s Catalogue national – Les Yeux Doc

This year, the Library Jury comprised the following members: Thierry Barriaux (Oskar Niemeyer Library, Le Havre), Catherine Geoffroy (Municipal library of La Goutte d’or, Paris), Alexia Pecolt (Boris Vian media library, Seine-Saint-Denis). Accompanied by the filmmaker-producer Marie Clémence Paes 

MAKONGO by Elvis Sabin Ngaibino
2020 / Central Africa, Argentina, Italy / 72’

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THE YEAR OF THE DISCOVERY (El Año del descubrimiento)by Luis López Carrasco
2020 / Spain / 200’

Jury Laudatum :

With the ongoing confinement and extremely difficult overall situation, which have made for unprecedented and extremely complicated viewing conditions, two films stood out due to their cinematographic strength and the humanity of the stories that they invite us to share.

The Library Jury of the 42nd edition of the Cinéma du réel has awarded the two following films:

Makongo, by Elvis Sabin Ngaibino: with its tenderness and humour, this film helps us to discover a salient reality. Opening up another view of the Aka people today, this film tackles complex challenges, including the universal issue of education, and helps to convey a vision of Africa that is neither overbearing nor condescending. For all these reasons the film was unanimously chosen for the Library Award. 

The Year of the Discovery, by Luis López Carrasco, whose precise theme addresses today’s universally relevant subjects with a courageous cinematographic approach. Captivating and deeply moving without falling into pathos, the film manages a subtle exploration of an entanglement of stories about resistance, workers’ memories and solidarity and, as such it has been unanimously chosen for the Library Award. 

OTHERS PRIZES :

INTANGIBLE HERITAGE AWARD
Awarded and funded by the département du Pilotage de la recherche etet de la Politique scientifique de la direction générale des Patrimoines of the Ministry of Culture (€ 2,500) to a film from both International and French Selections

THE GOLDEN AGE (L’âge d’or) by Jean-Baptiste Alazard
2020 / France / 69’

Jury Laudatum :

A subtle and personified proposal about the revival of ancestral practices and the meaning to be (re)found in them, at the risk of loss and losing oneself.

Be it for vine-growing or music, the contribution to intergenerational transmission gives a feeling of continuity and identity to this micro-community, made up of the two endearing and complementary figures of go-betweens, Titou and Soledad. 

An in-depth questioning of the very nature of intangible cultural heritage, the film draws its strength from a captivating singularity, perfectly in harmony with it subject.   


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BOIS-D’ARCY REMAND CENTRE PRISONERS’ AWARD
Awarded to a short film by a jury of prisoners and members of the civil society to a short films from both International and French Selections

THIS MEANS MORE by Nicolas Gourault
2019 / France / 22’

Jury Laudatum :

We have given this award to a film that is both political and human and whose images and meaning can be understood by all. The film has an educational dimension and involves an interesting subject: it reminds us that football has its roots in the working class.  

The computer-generated images, which in other contexts could seem cold, here place the virtual at the service of reality: they highlight testimonies and, by contrast, give more impact to the real-life images. The story of a Liverpool resident who speaks with a moving sincerity, conveys the human side of football matches: many people go there for the atmosphere and to experience a shared collective energy. This film is full of emotion and the question of how spectatorship is evolving socially is very interesting: this touches on the political context of football, and its place within the capitalist system. This means more is a reflection of society: you start with people and you end up in the business world. It is on this specific point that we feel the personal commitment of a filmmaker who has given us a film with some striking images that remain in our memory.

“This means more”  could be an excellent definition of the creative documentary: there is always something more to see and more to understand than one thinks. 

“PREMIÈRE FENÊTRE” AUDIENCE AWARD

Funded by the CNC (acquisition of broadcasting rights on the CNC Images de la Culture catalog and attribution of a CNC Talent grant of residency) and awarded by the readers of Mediapart to a film from the “Première fenêtre” selection

MARIA K. by Juan Francisco González
2019 / France / 34′

Since last year, a new First Window section covers the first documentary gestures, the first tentative and fragile steps of budding young filmmakers. But these steps are bold and full of promise. The films were selected by a group of students in collaboration with the selection committee and the festival’s artistic direction. They were viewed online on the Mediapart website, where viewers were able to vote for their favourite film.