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.
4 competitive sections: International Competition /// French Competition /// First Films International Competition /// Short Films International Competition
> The films in competition will be disclosed in February.
••• 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 - 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
••• 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 : 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 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
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 Netherlands, January 27 - February 7 2016).
It was programmed at, Oullins (France, November 2015), at (France, October 2015) and at , Pantin (France, June 2015).
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.
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
Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel's film Killing Time, International competition in World premiere, Grand Prix Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at the, Poitiers (France, January 29 - February 7 2016).
It was programmed at(Portugal, December 2015), at , Montreal (Canada, November 2015) at , Brussells (Belgium, November 2015) and at (Switzerland, September - October 2015).
It was screened on Sunday June 14h at 7.30pm at thein Paris, as part of the Off Site screenings of the festival.
Frida Kempff's film Winter Buoy, First Films International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at the, Poitiers (France, January 29 - February 7 2016).
It was programmed at, Clermont-Ferrand (France, November 2015), at the , La Rochelle (France, November 2015) and at (France, August 2015).
Jean-Gabriel Périot's film Une jeunesse allemande, International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015 and Scam International Award, is selected at, 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:DokuFest, Prizren (Kosovo, August 2015), , Yerevan (Armenia, July 2015)., Warshaw (Poland, December 2015), , Florence (Italy, November - December 2015), , Amsterdam (The Netherlands, November 18 - 29 2015), , Copenhagen (Denmark, November 2015), (Spain, November 2015), , Kassel (Germany, November 2015), , Montreal (Canada, November 2015), (Czech Republic, October - November 2015), (France, August 2015), , Lussas (France, August 2015),
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 thein Verlhac-Tescou (France) on Sunday March 6 2016 at 4:30 pm.
It was programmed at, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015), at the , Paris (France, November 2015), at the , Arcueil (France, November 2015), at the , Forum des Images, Paris (France, November 2015), at , Ajaccio (France, October 2015) and at the , Lussas (France, August 2015).
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, Lyon (France, January 22 - 30 2016).
It was programmed at, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015) where it received the Best Mid-length Film Award, and at , Brussells (Belgium, November 5 - 15 2015).
Giovanni Cioni's film Dal Ritorno, International competition in World premiere, Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at the, Bruxelles (Belgium, December 2015), at , Milan (Italy, November - December 2015), at , Oullins (France, November 2015) and at the (Belgium, October 2015).
It is screened from October 8th to November 14th 2015 at the in Brussels.
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:, Rome (Italy, November 2015), , Sevilla (Spain, November 2015), , Barcelona (Spain, November 2015) where it received the Panorama Platja d'Aro Award, , Guía de Isora, Canary Island (Spain, October - November 2015), , Toulouse (France, October 2015), , Mexico (Mexico, October 2015), , Lussas (France, August 2015), , Tui, Galicia (Spain, April 2015).
It was programmed as part of the Muestra de Cine,(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).
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 thein Verfeil sur Seye (France) on Saturday January 30 2016 at 8:30 pm.
It was programmed at, Clermont Ferrand (France, November 23 - 29 2015).
Daniela de Felice's film Casa, French Competition and Special mention to the Institut français Award Cinéma du réel 2013, is selected at, Orléans (France, December 8 - 17 2015).
It was programmed at the following festivals: (Togo, November-December 2013), , Jakarta (Indonesia, April 2014), in Oullins (France, November - December 2013), de Monpazier (France, November 2013) (France, October 2013) where it won a special jury mention, , Bordeaux (France, September 2013), (France, August 2013), , Široki Brijeg (Bosnia Herzegovina, August 2013), Rencontres de Laignes, Burgundy (France, June - July 2013) and at Nyon (Switzerland, April - May 2013)., Tbilissi (Georgia, October 2015), de Buenos Aires (Argentina, October 2014), (Taiwan, October 2014), (France, June 2014),
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(Germany, October 28 - November 3 2013), the Jury Award at the , Saint Ouen (France, November 30 - December 1st 2013) and the Best Documentary Award at the , Rome (Italy, December 2-6, 2013).
Casa's original drawings were shown in several exhibitions: at the literature festival of the Seine Saint Denis (France, April 5-20 2013).(November 8-10 2013), at in Rennes (France, September 2013) and at the public library of Saint-Denis during the
Leonardo Mouramateus' film A Festa e os cães, Short Films International Competition and Short Film Award Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015) where it received the Best Documentary Short Award and at , Paris (France, August - September 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 :.
It was programmed at À nous de voir Festival, Oullins (France, November 2015) and at the , Montreuil (France, October 2015).