Cinéma du réel 2017 : Films in competition

43 films (30 films will be presented in world premiere) within 4 competitive sections, selected among more than 2800 films submitted this year, from 135 different countries.

Cinema du réel would like to thank the filmmakers, producers and film distributors who submitted their projects.


International competition : 11 films

A Strange New Beauty
Shelly Silver (50‘, USA) // World premiere
A Yangtze Landscape (Changjiang) Xu Xin (156‘, China) // World premiere
Ghost Hunting (Istiyad Ashbah) Raed Andoni (92‘, Palestine / France / Switzerland)
In the Intense Now (No intenso agora) João Moreira Salles (127‘, Brazil)
Luz Obscura Susana de Sousa Dias (76‘, Portugal) // World premiere
Maman Colonelle (Mama Colonel) Dieudo Hamadi (72‘, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Martírio Vincent Carelli, Tita (Tatiana Almeida), Ernesto de Carvalho (162‘, Brazil) // European premiere
Memory Exercises (Ejercicios de memoria) Paz Encina (72‘, Argentina / Paraguay / Germany / France)
Paris Is a Moveable Feast – A Film in 18 Waves (Paris est une fête – un film en 18 vagues) Sylvain George (94‘, France) // World premiere
Postcards from the Verge Sebastian Mez (72‘, Germany) // World premiere
We the Workers (Xiongnian zhipan) HUANG Wenhai (174‘, China)


French Competition : 11 films

Every Wall Is a Door (Chaque mur est une porte) Elitza Gueorguieva (60‘) // World premiere
For You, Lord, For You (Prends, Seigneur, prends) Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz (92‘) // World premiere
Hamlet in Palestine Nicolas Klotz, Thomas Ostermeier (92‘) // World premiere
I Remember Nothing (Je ne me souviens de rien) Diane Sara Bouzgarrou (59‘) // World premiere
Keeping the Distance (Tenir la distance) Katharina Wartena (69‘) // World premiere
Last Days in Shibati (Derniers jours à Shibati) Hendrick Dusollier (60‘) // World premiere
Of Rolls and Men (Des bobines et des hommes) Charlotte Pouch (67‘) // World premiere
Painter’s Pen (La Plume du peintre) Marie Ka (87‘) // World premiere
Resonant Islands (Les Îles résonnantes) Juruna Mallon (56‘) // World premiere
Return to Forbach (Retour à Forbach) Régis Sauder (78‘) / sortie le 19 avril 2017 (DOCKS 66) // World premiere
The Sun Died (Soleil sombre) Marie Moreau (43‘) // World premiere


First Films International Competition : 10 films

Boli Bana Simon Coulibaly Gillard (59‘, Belgium)
Casa Roshell Camila José Donoso (71‘, Mexico, Chile)
Children of Beirut (Wlad Beyrut) Sarah Srage (59‘, France) // World premiere
Lone Existence (Du zi cun zai) Sha Qing (77‘, China) // World premiere
On the Edge of Life (Ala Hafet Al-Hayat) Yaser Kassab (44’, Syria) // World premiere
Pagans (Pagani) Elisa Flaminia Inno (54‘, Italy) // International premiere
Together (Juntas) Laura Martínez Duque, Nadina Marquisio (70‘, Colombia, Argentina) // World premiere
Vetal Nagri Léandre Bernard-Brunel (53‘, France) // World premiere
Vote Off Fayçal Hammoum (82‘, Algeria) // World premiere
Wall (Hakir) Moran Ifergan (67’, Israel) // World premiere


Short Films International Competition : 12 films

115DB Lucile Chaufour (40‘, France) // World premiere
Alazeef Saif Alsaegh (21’, USA) // European premiere
The Brick House Eliane Esther Bots (15’, Netherlands) // International premiere
Duelo (Duel) Alejandro Alonso (12‘, Cuba) // World premiere
Now he’s out in public and everyone can see Natalie Bookchin (24‘, USA) // World premiere
Nyo Vweta Nafta Ico Costa (21‘, Portugal, Mozambique)
Orfeo Isabel Pagliai (14‘, France) // World premiere
People Pebble Jivko Darakchiev, Perrine Gamot (18‘, UK, France) // World premiere
Tepantar Pierre Michelon (28‘, France) // World premiere
Through the looking glass Yi Cui (14‘, China) // World premiere
Undo Majed Neisi (39‘, Iran) // International premiere
Whipping Zombie Yuri Ancarani (30’, Italy)