From now to May 3rd, UniversCiné offers in VoD a selection of the 34th Cinéma du réel competing films.
Find here the selection of films available on UniversCiné :
- INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Le Camp (The Camp), Jean-Frédéric De Hasque.
Little by little, the inhabitants of a refugee camp in Benin transform what they call “the site” into a village. Building and planting: activities that constitute their only hope of avoiding eviction from the site.
Orquestra Geração (Generation Orchestra), Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
In Portugal, an orchestra of teenagers from diffficult social backgrounds learn both on art and a sense of sharing.
- INTERNATIONAL FIRST FILMS COMPETITION
A Nossa forma de vida (The Way We Are), Pedro Filipe Marques
A spectacular view of the world as seen from Armando and Maria’s control tower, eight floors up from the river Douro. A comic and probing portrait of an old Portuguese couple whose private life has remained permeable to the modern world.
Self-Portrait: at 47 km, Zhang Mengqi
The young filmmaker returns to her village to interview the elderly on the Chinese famine of 1958-60. But the villagers’ replies direct her back to the memory of her own family
Espoir-Voyage, Michel K.Zongo
The filmmaker leaves Burkina Faso on the trail of his elder brother who emigrated to the Côte d’Ivoire, where he died in 1994. The road is long, the witnesses unsure, their memories already distant.
East Hastings Pharmacy, Antoine Bourges
In a Vancouver pharmacy, patients arrive for their dose of methadone, to be taken in front of the pharmacist. Over-the-shoulder shots forcefully convey the furtiveness and tension of this daily face-to-face.
- INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS COMPETITION
Kako sam zapolio Simona Bolivara (The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar), Igor Drljaca
Who has not prayed for their school to burn down, the day a bad mark is handed out? Using family videos, the Bosniac filmmaker recalls the day when History swept away his childhood worries.
Snow City, Tan Pin Pin
Polar bears, the fanfare of a road tunnel inauguration or a truck wash on a building site – from this surprising stroll around Singapore, there wells up a discreet yet absurd humour.
Automne, Dmitri Makhomet
Day after day, an old woman goes searching for firewood. A silent ritual in the face of nature and passing time.
Dochters (Daughters), Marta Jurkiewicz
On her Polish grandmother’s death, the filmmaker returns to her country to be with her mother. The interlacing of super-8 and telephone conversations fittingly capture a delicate moment of transition.
Henry Hudson and His Son, Federico Vladimir Strate Pezdirc
A slapstick and laconic study of the difficult relationship with one’s father.
Dusty Night, Ali Hazara
In car headlights or the glow of a petrol pump, Kabul’s night-time road-sweepers shift heavy dust down an avenue – a Sisyphean job that says much about the state of the country.
Earth, Victor Asliuk
In a thawed-out forest, a group of youngsters are digging the earth. In what were formerly muddy trenches, lies a whole contingent, revealed bone by bone under their eyes – lowered out of respect or disgust.
Mekkege karai jol (The Way To Mecca) Asel Zhuraeva
A Kirghiz villager in his 80ies spends what he had saved up for his Mecca pilgrimage on building a memorial to the fallen of the Second World War. The portrait of a simple life where “peace and harmony” reign.
River Rites, Ben Russel
You never bath in the same river twice.
- CONTRECHAMP FRANÇAIS
Découverte d'un principe en case 3 (Hijacking The Box), Guillaume Massart, Julien Meunier
Twenty comic-strip authors in residence engage with some stimulating narrative and graphic constraints. Is group creation possible? One of the participants voices his dissonance.
L'Oiseau sans pattes (Bird Without Feet), Valérianne Poidevin
A mischievous roadmovie in the company of the filmmaker’s uncle, a trucker who chooses to work part-time and who, as a 20-year-old, attended the Cours Simon acting classes and now listens to Proust’s In Search of Lost Time on his truck radio.
Après le silence - ce qui n'est pas dit n'existe pas ? (After the silence - What remains unsaid does not exist ?) Vanina Vignal
Twenty years ago, the filmmaker struck up a friendship with Ioana in Romania. She returns to ask her about family silences. Together, they analyse a powerful and despotic mechanism: the perpetuation of denial.
France, détours - ce trait c'est ton parcours (France, Detours - This Line Is Your Path), Frédéric Moser, Philippe Schwinger
Scenes from school-life in the “Fil continu” (Unbroken Thread) programme for lower secondary school kids who have been expelled. The framing and editing suffice to question the role of the youth workers and institutional discourse.
East Punk Memories, Lucile Chaufour
Watching super-8 images of themselves aged 20, twelve former punks talk about the post-communism era in modern Hungary. Will “no future” disappear with the fall of the wall?
The festival Cinéma du réel team