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.
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.