Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival
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Since its creation 38 years ago, Cinéma du réel has become a major documentary film festival in France. Taking a close look on the diversity of creation, of forms and ideas, the festival now gathers a large, loyal and interested audience.

The festival venues: le Centre Pompidou, le Luminor, le Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, le Forum des Images and several other venues in Île-de-France.

 

••• COMPETITIONS:

4 competitive sections: International Competition /// French Competition /// First Films International Competition /// Short Films International Competition

> The films in competition will be disclosed in February.

 

piavoli 2016••• FRANCO PIAVOLI : Voci del tempo

Franco Piavoli feels, films, draws and photographs Pozzolengo and its surroundings. This village and these hills stimulate Piavoli’s curiosity, they are the essence of his work. Through his camera, Franco Piavoli highlights the beauty of Nature, with sobriety, without ever falling into mannerism.

Through the microcosm of Pozzolengo, the whole universe is revealed.

This filmmaker, admired by Tarkovski and Bertolucci, introduced to a wider audience by Bellochio, will be present for the first screening of his complete works in France.

> In Forum -1, discover an exhibition of a selection of his photographs and drawings.

 

akram zaatari 2016••• AKRAM ZAATARI - In Between

This section of the festival focuses on artists working at the intersection between documentary, fiction and contemporary art.

Born in 1966 in Saïda, Lebanon, Akram Zaatari blends cinema, contemporary art, photography… He will come and present a dozen of his films, including a re-edited and unseen version of Crazy for You, and the French premiere of his last feature film, 28 nights and a poem.

Curated by Rasha Salti

 

nacaragua 2016••• FLORENCE JAUGEY & FRANK PINEDA - At Work

A focus on the work of the director Florence Jaugey and her partner in life and work, the Nicaraguan filmmaker, director of photography, war reporter and co-founder of Incine - Frank Pineda.

Through their films, the couple discloses the reality of life in Nicaragua and Central America from a social and cultural point of view, and bears witness to the life of people living outside of society. Ken Loach worked with them during the shooting of Carla’s Song.

Curated by Nicole Brenez

rejouer 2016••• REJOUER : Reenactment, representation, reinvention in documentary cinema

A selection of rare works, often unknown, free and unclassifiable objects where a ‘re-enactment’ plays with the codes of the documentary genre. A free and subjective study on the role of the actor in documentary, always making reference to classical cinema.

Curated by Federico Rossin

••• A story through images - The Albanian National Film Archive (AQSHF) in Focus

After Chile, Portugal and Greece, Cinema du Réel continues its world tour of Cinematheques, primal operators for the defense of the moving image heritage.

In 2016 the focus will be on a small country, more and more present in European film festivals: Albania. It will be a special occasion to discover rare or censored films, some of which will be screened for the very first time, thanks to the work of restoration of the Albanian Cinema Project.

Curated with Clarence Tsui /// In partnership with The Central State's Film Archive of Albania and Albanian Cinema Project.

 

special screenings 2016••• Special screenings and events

Premiere screenings, retrospectives or tributes, in the presence of numerous guests

Tributes to Chantal Akerman and Haskell Wexler /// Focus on Nikolaus Geyrhalter with 4 films, including the premiere of Homo Sapiens /// Frederick Wiseman with In Jackson Heights /// Sergei Loznitsa with The Event (Sobytie) /// Sergio Oksman with O Futebol /// Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis with Il Solengo //Luis Ospina withTodo comenzó por el fin...

 

••• AND ALSO:

Arrested Cinema: observatory of freedom in cinema /// ParisDOC, festival activities for professionals /// film and live music /// audiodescription /// other screenings and events

 


"The Alphabet Revolution (La Révolution de l'alphabet)" - International Festival

Feb 05, 2016

Erik Bullot's film "The Alphabet Revolution (La Révolution de l'alphabet)", Short Film International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at Doc Fortnight MoMA, New York (United States, February 19 - 29 2016).

"Souvenir de la Géhenne" - Festivals

Jan 28, 2016

Thomas Jenkoe's film Souvenirs de la Géhenne, French competition in World premiere, Institut français - Louis Marcorelles Award Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at The International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands, January 27 - February 7 2016).

It was programmed at À nous de voir Festival, Oullins (France, November 2015), at Bordeaux International Independent film festival (France, October 2015) and at Côté Court Film Festival , Pantin (France, June 2015).

Tribute to HASKELL WEXLER

Jan 27, 2016

Special screening


REBEL CITIZEN, portrait of Haskell Wexler, directed by his friend and colleague Pamela Yates, will be presented at Rotterdam Film Festival.

This film - which began during the 2015 tribute to the director - will be screened in its definitive version at Cinema du Reel 2016.

>>>This special screening will be a great opportunity to (re)discover the film, and Haskell Wexler’s exceptional career.

Tribute to Haskell Wexler

Jan 04, 2016

A great filmmaker has died.

Cinéma du réel had paid tribute to his inspiring and politically engaged work in 2015. His friend and longtime collaborator Pamela Yates was with us then. Together they directed his last film Rebel Citizen. It was co-produced by Cinéma du réel.

Pamela pays him hommage:

Haskell Wexler was my life-long friend and mentor.

Haskell was well known as the Academy Award-winning cinematographer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory, but his incredible body of work making political documentary films over seven decades is less known.

For more than 30 years I’d been having conversations with Haskell about life, love, politics and cinema, and what it means to be a politically engaged documentary filmmaker. Every morning when Haskell woke up, he railed against the injustices in the world and what we have to do to end them. Earlier this year, I filmed one of our conversations over several days and turned it into a documentary called Rebel Citizen. In Rebel Citizen, he told some great stories: Did you know that in 1963 Haskell made The Bus, a film about a group of civil rights activists as they traveled overland from California to the March on Washington where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech? This documentary has great resonance with today’s Black Lives Matter movement. He made a host of films about US intervention in Latin America, in Nicaragua and Brazil. These films profoundly affected how I chose to take artistic risks as a committed filmmaker.

His fearlessness was contagious: His film Underground about the radical Weather Underground fugitives (which he made with Emile Di Antonio and Mary Lampson), cost him his job as the cinematographer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, when the FBI came to the set to investigate him (Bill Butler took over as cinematographer). Yet he never stopped making risky documentaries. Haskell was one of our most honored elders at 93 years old. He fought for social justice up until the day he died.

Pamela Yates, Director

More tributes: http://www.documentary.org/blog/friends-and-colleagues-remember-haskell-wexler

"Hier sprach des Preis" - International Festival

Jan 03, 2016

Sabrina Jäger's film Hier sprach der Preis, First Films International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015 et Libraries' Award, is selected at the Festival Filmer le travail, Poitiers (France, January 29 - February 7 2016).

It was programmed at Dokka Dokumentarfestival, Karlsruhe (Germany, june 2015).

"Killing Time" - International Festivals

Jan 03, 2016

Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel's film Killing Time, International competition in World premiere, Grand Prix Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at the Festival Filmer le travail, Poitiers (France, January 29 - February 7 2016).

It was programmed at Porto/Post/Doc Festival (Portugal, December 2015), at RIDM, Montreal (Canada, November 2015) at Filmer à tout prix Film Festival, Brussells (Belgium, November 2015) and at Zürich Film Festival (Switzerland, September - October 2015).

It was screened on Sunday June 14h at 7.30pm at the Comptoir général in Paris, as part of the Off Site screenings of the festival.

"Winter Buoy" - Festivals

Jan 03, 2016

Frida Kempff's film Winter Buoy, First Films International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at the Festival Filmer le travail, Poitiers (France, January 29 - February 7 2016).

It was programmed at Traces de vies Festival, Clermont-Ferrand (France, November 2015), at the Festival Escales Documentaires, La Rochelle (France, November 2015) and at Douarnenez Film Festival (France, August 2015).

"Une jeunesse allemande" - National Theatrical Release, International Festivals

Jan 03, 2016

Jean-Gabriel Périot's film Une jeunesse allemande, International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015 and Scam International Award, is selected at Docpoint Film Festival, Helsinki (Finland, January 25 - 31 2016).

It was theatrically released in France on Wednesday October 14th 2015. Distributor: UFO Distribution.

It was programmed at the following festivals:Watch Docs Festival, Warshaw (Poland, December 2015), Festival dei Popoli, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015), IDFA, Amsterdam (The Netherlands, November 18 - 29 2015), CPH:DOX, Copenhagen (Denmark, November 2015), Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo (Spain, November 2015), Kasseler Dok Fest, Kassel (Germany, November 2015), RIDM, Montreal (Canada, November 2015), Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic, October - November 2015), Douarnenez film festival (France, August 2015), États généraux du documentaire, Lussas (France, August 2015), DokuFest, Prizren (Kosovo, August 2015), Golden Apricot Festival, Yerevan (Armenia, July 2015).

"La Mort du dieu serpent" - Festivals

Jan 03, 2016

Damien Froidevaux's film La Mort du dieu serpent, Special screening Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected  at the Festival Bobines sociales, Paris (France, January 24 - 31 2016).

It will be screened as part of the Hivernales du Documentaire in Verlhac-Tescou (France) on Sunday March 6 2016 at 4:30 pm.

It was programmed at Festival dei Popoli, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015), at the Festival Résonances, Paris (France, November 2015), at the Festival Les Ecrans documentaire, Arcueil (France, November 2015), at the Festival des Etoiles de la Scam, Forum des Images, Paris (France, November 2015), at Corsica.Doc Festival, Ajaccio (France, October 2015) and at the États généraux du documentaire, Lussas (France, August 2015).

"Une partie de nous s'est endormie" - International Festival

Jan 02, 2016

Marie Moreau's film Une partie de nous s'est endormie, First films International competition in World premiere, Special mention Libraries Award Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at Les Inattendus Festival, Lyon (France, January 22 - 30 2016).

It was programmed at Festival dei Popoli, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015) where it received the Best Mid-length Film Award, and at Filmer à tout prix Film Festival, Brussells (Belgium, November 5 - 15 2015).

"Dal Ritorno" - Iinternational Festivals, Belgian release

Dec 08, 2015

Giovanni Cioni's film Dal Ritorno, International competition in World premiere, Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at the Festival Méditerranéen, Bruxelles (Belgium, December  2015), at Filmmaker Festival, Milan (Italy, November - December 2015), at À nous de voir Festival, Oullins (France, November 2015) and at the festival international du film francophone de Namur (Belgium, October 2015).

It is screened from October 8th to November 14th 2015 at the Flagey Studio 5 in Brussels.

"Africa 815" - International Festivals, Spanish national release

Dec 05, 2015

Pilar Monsell's film Africa 815, International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, will be theatrically released in Spain, on November 27  2015 in Barcelona, on December 3 2015 in Madrid, on December 9 2015 in Santiago de Compostela.

It was programmed at the following festivals: Certamen Internacional de Cine Documental sobre Migraciones y Exilios, Mexico DF (Mexico, November 2015), where it received a special mention of the jury, Med Film Festival, Rome (Italy, November 2015), Muestra del Audiovisual Andaluz, Sevilla (Spain, November 2015), L'Alternativa, Festival de Cine Independiente, Barcelona (Spain, November 2015) where it received the Panorama Platja d'Aro Award, MiradasDoc Festival, Guía de Isora, Canary Island (Spain, October  - November 2015), Cinespaña Festival, Toulouse (France, October 2015), MIC Género, Muestra Internacional de Cine, Mexico (Mexico, October 2015), États généraux du documentaire, Lussas (France, August 2015), Play Doc - Festival Internacional de Documentales, Tui, Galicia (Spain, April 2015).

It was programmed as part of the Muestra de Cine, Cervantes Institut, Oran (Algeria, April 2015), as part of the Nuevo Cine Español Independiente "Se de un lugar" cycle, Maldá Cinema, Barcelona (Spain, June 2015), as part of the programme of the festival Márgenes, Centro Cultural España en San Jose (Costa Rica, June 2015), as part of "The Limit of our Gaze" Cineastas españolas de no ficción, New York University (United States, October 2015), as part of the Foco Henri Langlois. Ciclo de Cine Intransitadas - Mujeres de Cine, Jaén (Spain, October 2015).

"C'est ma vie qui me regarde" - Festival

Dec 04, 2015

Damien Fritsch's film C'est ma vie qui me regarde (My Life Is Face to Me), French Competition, Special mention Youth Award and Special mention Libraries' Award Cinéma du réel 2015, will be screened as part of the Hivernales du Documentaire in Verfeil sur Seye (France) on Saturday January 30 2016 at 8:30 pm.

It was programmed at Traces de vies Festival, Clermont Ferrand (France, November 23 - 29 2015).

"Casa" - Awards, International Festivals, Exhibitions

Dec 03, 2015

Daniela de Felice's film Casa, French Competition and Special mention to the Institut français Award Cinéma du réel 2013, is selected at Le Documentaire s'anime Festival, Orléans (France, December 8 - 17 2015).

It was programmed at the following festivals:CineDoc Film Festival, Tbilissi (Georgia, October 2015), Muestra internacional de cine documental de Buenos Aires (Argentina, October 2014), Taiwan international documentary film festival (Taiwan, October 2014), Festival de Chercheurs de Nancy (France, June 2014), Chopshots Documentary Film Festival, Jakarta (Indonesia, April 2014), FESDOB - Festival de film documentaire de Blitta (Togo, November-December 2013), À nous de voir in Oullins (France, November - December 2013), 4es Rencontres du réel de Monpazier (France, November 2013) Rencontres de Cerbère (France, October 2013) where it won a special jury mention, Cinérésonances, Bordeaux (France, September 2013), Rencontres Cinématographiques de Gindou (France, August 2013), Mediterranean Film Festival, Široki Brijeg (Bosnia Herzegovina, August 2013), Rencontres de Laignes, Burgundy (France, June - July 2013) and at Visions du réel, Nyon (Switzerland, April - May 2013).

It was also programmed as part of the Mois du documentaire 2013 and 2014 (France, November).

It won the Golden Dove for Best Animated Documentary Film at Dok Leipzig (Germany, October 28 - November 3 2013), the Jury Award at the Festival du film de famille, Saint Ouen (France, November 30 - December 1st 2013) and the Best Documentary Award at the Arcipelago Festival, Rome (Italy, December 2-6, 2013).

Casa's original drawings were shown in several exhibitions: at the Rencontres du réel de Monpazier (November 8-10 2013), at Hors Format in Rennes (France, September 2013) and at the public library of Saint-Denis during Hors limites, the literature festival of the Seine Saint Denis (France, April 5-20 2013).

"A Festa e os cães" - Festival

Dec 02, 2015

Leonardo Mouramateus' film A Festa e os cães, Short Films International Competition and Short Film Award Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at Festival dei Popoli, Florence (Italy, November  - December 2015) where it received the Best Documentary Short Award  and at Silhouette Festival, Paris (France, August - September  2015).

"Voglio dormire con te" - Festival

Dec 02, 2015

Mattia Colombo's film Voglio dormire con te, First Films International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at Filmmaker Festival, Milan (Italy, Novembre - December 2015) and at the États généraux du documentaire, Lussas (France, August 2015).

"Territory" - International Festivals

Dec 02, 2015

Eleanor Mortimer's film Territory, Short films International competition in World premiere, Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at Festival dei Popoli, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015), at Dok Leipzig Film Festival (Germany, October - November 2015), at Silhouette Festival, Paris (France, August - September 2015) and at DokuFest Prizren (Kosovo, August 2015).

"Waywards Fronds" - International Festival

Dec 01, 2015

Fern Silva's film Wayward Fronds, Short Films International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at Filmmaker Festival, Milan (Italy, November - December 2015) and at Fronteira, Festival internacional do filme documentario e experimental, Gaiânia (Brazil, August 2015).

"C'est qui ce travail" - French national release and festivals

Nov 22, 2015

Sébastien Jousse and Luc Joulé's film C'est quoi ce travail, French competition in World premiere, Cinéma du réel 2015, is on screen in France since Wednesday October 14th 2015. Distributor : Shellac.

It was programmed at À nous de voir Festival, Oullins (France, November 2015) and at the Rencontres du cinéma documentaire, Montreuil (France, October 2015).

"Et nous jetterons la mer derrière vous" - Festival

Nov 22, 2015

Anouck Mangeat, Noémi Aubry, Jeanne Gomas and Clément Juillard's film Et nous jetterons la mer derrière vous (And We Will Throw the Sea Behind You), French competition in World premiere, Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at À nous de voir Festival, Oullins (France, November 2015).

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