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Georges Franju

Theater decorator then poster artist, Georges Franju (1912-1987) accepted a job in a printing press and met Henri Langlois. Together, they shot their first short film in 1934, Métro. In 1936, he then contributed to the creation of the Cinémathèque française. Between 1948 and 1958, Georges Franju directed thirteen short films and established himself as …

Jacques Renard

Born in Béthune (north of France) in 1944, Jacques Renard has long sought to show the real life of minors, the history of this unknown working class. After his first movie in 1976 (Monsieur Albert), he started working on collecting seventy years of oral history, from 1914 to 1980, covering four generations of minors. A …

Ennio Lorenzini

Ennio Lorenzini worked on many short films with the Italian director Gian Vittorio Baldi before launching his brilliant career as a director and documentary filmmaker in 1961. Les Mains Libres was his first theatrical release, produced by Casbah Film in co-production with Algeria. In 1968, he directed Cronaca di un gruppo for Italian television. In 1975, he directed …

Hartmut Bitomsky

Hartmut Bitomsky (*Bremen, 1942) enrolled at the FRG’s pioneering film school, the German Film and Television Academy (dffb), at its inception in 1966, together with other now renowned figures such as Harun Farocki and Helke Sander. In 1968, he and other students were expelled after engaging in political protests against the university administration. Bitomsky repeatedly …

Eva C. Heldmann

Eva C. Heldmann is an experimental and documentary filmmaker. In her first 16mm films, Heldmann deals with female sexuality. “Stepping Out – Conversations With My Friend” is her first long documentary film, shot in Super8, 16mm and Super16mm formats. She now works with a digital camera. Heldmann co-founded the cinema Mondpalast [Moon Palace] in 1979. …

António Campos

António Campos (1922-1999) authored more than forty shorts and only five features (of which, only the very last, “Terra Fria”, was shot on 35mm). Born in a provincial town, Campos saw himself as an outsider and many of his films were indeed made and first shown in amateur and non-professional circles. However, his work was …

Isabelle Solas

Isabelle Solas is a director and cameraman living in Bordeaux.Her first three medium-length documentaries explore the themes of disappearance and belonging to a real or fantasized territory. She also ventures into dance videos and music videos, and in parallel to the work of image and documentary cinema, she works in the field of live performance, …

Saliou Sarr

Senegalese artist Saliou Sarr is a bee full of action that draws from multiple universes, from theater to cinema through music. Author, composer and director, his work contributes to the universality of language, culture and representations. He cherishes traditions, while keeping an eye on the future. With him, we transcend unimaginable borders, grasping the full …

Yanis Gaye

Yanis Gaye is a French-Senegalese producer and cultural programmer. He is one of the co-founders and editorial and artistic director of Gorée Island Cinema, ensuring the development of many projects related to cinema (creative workshops, film production, cultural events…). He is also the director of the Goree Cinema Festival, created in 2015. In addition, in …

Saliou Sarr

Senegalese artist Saliou Sarr is a bee full of action that draws from multiple universes, from theater to cinema through music. Author, composer and director, his work contributes to the universality of language, culture and representations. He cherishes traditions, while keeping an eye on the future. With him, we transcend unimaginable borders, grasping the full …

Adnane Baraka

Adnane Baraka is a Moroccan independent filmmaker born in Marrakech. After studying at ESAV film school in Marrakech/Morocco, he graduated in directing in 2011. In 2010, he directed his first short documentary Talbanine about a remote and isolated school in the mountains. In 2019, he finished his first feature-length documentary APEX-Wandering stars, about three blind …

Marina Déak

Marina Déak studied philosophy, chinese, and political sciences. She did some film management, still photography on set, has been reading scripts all along (and sometimes cowrote some too), and has written and directed three shorts and three features : one fiction, two documentay. Through different means and stories, it’s all about desire (how it burns or …

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