Film Archive

International Programme
Ash and Ember Manon Ott, Grégory Cohen

A banlieue film outside of hackneyed stereotypes in which we meet remarkable people. A confident statement on the history of European labour in the past half-century.

Ash and Ember

Documentary Film
France
2018
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Céline Loiseau
Manon Ott, Grégory Cohen
Akosh Szelevényi
Manon Ott, Grégory Cohen
Pascale Hannoyer
Manon Ott, Grégory Cohen
A waking city, presented in majestic black and white and equally sparse and elaborate percussion sounds. Les Mureaux is a banlieue west of Paris, built in the 1960s to house the people coming from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb as close as possible to the great Renault production facility in Flins-sur-Seine. At the time, the formerly state-owned car manufacturer’s hunger for labour was insatiable. You could, if not live well, at least work well here as a labourer. Later, in May 1968, Flins was the site of one of the longest-running factory occupations ever to take place in France.

Today Les Mureaux is ruled by a strange synchronicity of traditions and breaks. Manon Ott and Grégory Cohen meet their protagonists, who exist as contemporary pragmatists, on equal terms, thus bringing out their individual vitality. And what an ear! Testimonies, stories, statements that want to be more than just information, want to be sound, or let’s say: life as lived. Their film creates a collective discourse on the critique of daily life, from the labour struggles of the past to the social insecurity of the modern slaves, unemployed and temporary workers, which is at the same time a condensed testimony on the European social and labour history of the past half-century.

Ralph Eue


Nominated for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award

International Programme
Facing the Beast Emma Benestan, Adrien Lecouturier

A summer in the Camargue. 14-year-old Théo works as an intern on a farm for half-wild cattle. Monosyllabic, still lanky and boyish, he dreams of a future as a skilful Manadier.

Facing the Beast

Documentary Film
France
2018
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Jérémy Forni
Emma Benestan, Adrien Lecouturier
Alexis Paul
Emma Benestan, Adrien Lecouturier
Julie Borvon, Emma Benestan
Anne Dupouy
A summer in the Camargue. Théo is a holiday intern on a farm for half-wild cattle. Monosyllabic and still lanky and boyish he explores a men’s world, tests his strength against the “elemental force” of a young bull, dreams of a future as a Manadier – giving his mother cause for concerns about his health and less romantic career prospects. A quiet and honest film that takes a 14-year-old’s romanticising perspective on a holiday world bathed in warm sunlight and a changing corporeality.

André Eckardt


Nominated for the Young Eyes Film Award

Grands Canons

Animated Film
France
2018
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Girelle Production
Alain Biet
Pablo Pico, Yan Volsy
In his supernova of objects, Alain Biet gives the spotted surrealist screw one more turn with a drawn screwdriver. Deceptively real ink drawings of mundane mass products merge into jolly, large formations. Pincers, pliers and screwdrivers perform an obsessive Busby Berkeley show of symmetrically choreographed individualists, delivering, in passing, an ethnographic study of the world of still tangible consumerism.

André Eckardt

Mitra

Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2018
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Geneviève de Bauw (Thank You & Good Night Productions), Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Films de Force Majeure)
Jorge León
Eva Reiter, George van Dam
Thomas Schira, Jorge León
Marie-Hélène Mora
Quentin Jacques
Jorge León uses the dramatic story of the Iranian psychoanalyst Mitra Kadivar, who was locked up against her will in a mental hospital in her home country, as the starting point of a complex art project which first gave rise to an opera production and later to this multi-layered documentary film.

In his film León challenges the supposedly clear boundaries between lunacy and normalcy, disease and health by artfully interweaving various layers of reality, documentation and stage production. Time and again he shakes the audience’s self-assured perception through contrapuntal combinations of his material and challenges us to perceive our own perspective as one that is always and fundamentally limited.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Out

Documentary Film
France
2018
64 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Claire Babany, Éléonore Boissinot
Denis Parrot
Denis Parrot
Olivier Laurent
Is the “Speakers’ Corner”, as a successor to the ancient “agora”, an institution that will reach democratic perfection in the Internet age? The voice of the people is louder than ever, because YouTube and its ilk have for years been offering spaces for any skin ready to be sold to the public – whether it’s product packages, let’s say for lipsticks, or whether it’s furry hides, let’s say of cats. And sometimes, as in this case, it’s teenagers’ epidermises strained to breaking point – light- and tear-permeable for the desperate straits of self-definition.

Denis Parrot has travelled the Internet. He found places, or rather posts of every film-aesthetic variety in which adolescents confess their sexual orientation and gender identity – home-made, artistically (almost) raw. Coming out with one’s inner life, dealing with the reactions to a gay son, a lesbian daughter or a child that is simply the way it is. What Parrot compiled here was uploaded between 2012 and 2018: filmed telephone calls to mothers, rope skipping tutorials followed by an outing, ambitiously produced film confessions and static speeches directly into the camera as well as gritty smartphone camera revelations. The kids who speak, cry, talk in monologues here are digital natives – and media savvy natives of a world that refuses to give up its binary codes.

Sylvia Görke
International Programme
The Thwarted Stéphanie Vasseur, Sandrine Terragno

Secrets live in the realm of the unsaid, creating despondency and euphoria. These opposites grow into a skilfully animated surrealist miniature here.

The Thwarted

Animated Film
France
2018
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Fabrice Préel-Cléach
Stéphanie Vasseur, Sandrine Terragno
Stéphane Isidore
Franck Dudouet, Sandrine Terragno
Stéphanie Vasseur
Stéphane Isidore
Secrets live in the realm of the unsaid. They are like an enormous volume of water pressing against a dam, often linked to fears or consuming desires excitingly trimmed with fear. Sometimes an exposed secret can cost a life. On a backdrop of animated collages of bold cut-out photos nine persons talk about the protean power of the concealed. A fascinating surrealist miniature.

Ralph Eue
International Programme
The Time of Forests François-Xavier Drouet

This film quietly and attentively investigates the logic of industrial forestry. Monsters with greedy gripper arms slash their way through the forests. But there is resistance, too.

The Time of Forests

Documentary Film
France
2018
103 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Raphaël Pillosio
François-Xavier Drouet
Frédéric D. Oberland
Karine Aulnette, François-Xavier Drouet, Nicolas Duchêne, Georgi Lazarevski, Colin Lévêque
Agnès Bruckert
Sylvain Copans, Nicolas Joly, Bruno Schweisguth, Emmanuelle Villard
No birds in the treetops, no animals in the soil. A lifeless place: mute and light and dry. A forest warden guides us through a forest in the Limousin, a region in southern central France. What do we hear? Nothing! At most the wind that cuts the slender trunks which struggle up at standardised distances here. This is what a forest forced to follow the rhythm of the globalised economy sounds like. This is what the dream forest of the forest industry looks like: monocultures, chemically fertilised, sprayed with pesticides, growing only to be clear-cut.

Quietly and attentively, “The Time of Forests” investigates the logics of modern and standardised industrial forestry. Steel monsters with greedy gripper arms that sound like robots are rolling through the forests. Trees fall, are debranched, sawn apart, loaded, transported – loud, almost shrill. But traditional forest management and the centuries-old know how of sustainable forestry could not be supplanted. Resistance is stirring.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award