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Special screenings

In addition to opening- and closing-night screenings, Cinéma du Réel organises several Special Screenings which feature a selection of films released the previous year: preview screenings ahead of theatre releases, French premiers of French films acclaimed in top-tier festivals, unreleased films, performances, and other exclusive events with emerging and seasoned filmmakers whose visions resonate with the festival’s. These Special Screenings provide a springboard for films ahead of their theatrical or television release, bringing together viewers, guests, and partners of the festival.

Special Screenings are scheduled on every night of the festival.


Dahomey by Mati Diop

Thursday 21 March at 8 pm | Centre Pompidou – Cinéma 1

2024 | France, Senegal, Benin | 67’ | French premiere

November 2021. 26 royal treasures of the Kingdom of Dahomey are about to leave Paris to return to their country of origin, the present-day Republic of Benin. Along with thousands of others, these artefacts were plundered by French colonial troops in 1892. But what attitude to adopt to these ancestors’ homecoming in a country that had to forge ahead in their absence? The debate rages among students at the University of Abomey-Calavi.