newsletter n°17 march 2005

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photograph : Sylvia Kristel – Paris, de Manon de Boer


Since last year, ACOR and the Cinématographe centre in Nantes have joined forces to publicize and promote the showing of previously undistributed and unreleased films, and to bring out new forms of expression and writing of strong, striking films.

The hope is that these inventive films with their singular worlds will attract cinema operators who will show them outside of festivals and specific programmes for the visual arts.

In 2004, the following films were presented: Wang Bing’s A L’Ouest des Rail, winner of the Grand Prix at FIDMarseille 2003, and Olivier Zabat’s Miguel et les Mines, which was selected for the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2003. This year, a showcase of films selected for FIDMarseille 2004 will be presented.


Thursday 10 March:

The Ister, by David Barison & Daniel Ross, winner of the GNCR Prize at FIDMarseille 2004,

Al Youm, by Akram Zaatari, winner of the Soundtrack Prize at FIDMarseille 2004,

Devenir, by Loredana Bianconi, selected for the International Competition at FIDMarseille 2004,

Dans le Jardin du Monde, by Maya Rosa, selected for the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2004,

Nissim dit Max, by Pierre & Vladimir Leon, selected for the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2004.


Friday 11 March:

Jésus, du weisst, by Ulrich Seidl, selected for the International Competition at FIDMarseille 2004,

Faibles Amusements, by Jean-Claude Rousseau, selected for the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2004,

Phantom Fremdes Wien, by Lisl Ponger, selected for the International Competition at FIDMarseille 2004.


On Friday 11 March at 2:30pm, there will be a discussion with Jean-Pierre Rehm, FIDMarseille Executive Officer; related to this selection of films.


The first ever Documentair FilmPlatform ZONE, directed by Cis Bierincks, is inviting Jean-Pierre Rehm, FIDMarseille Executive Officer, to take part in a discussion on 26 March with Stefan Majakowski, Gustav Deutsch, Victor Kossakovsky and Olivier Zabat, director of 1/3 des Yeux, winner of the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2004. This film will be screened as part of the “Kaléidoscope International” event in the Gent Film-Plateau on 25 March, in the Filmmuseum MuHKACinema on 26 March, and in the Limelight Filmhuis in Kortrijk on 27 March 2005.


News of films and film-makers selected at FIDMARSEILLE


In Public, by Jia Zhangke, Grand Prix winner at FIDMarseille 2002, was screened on Saturday 12 March 2005 at 11:00am in the small film theatre of the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris, as part of the Festival du Cinéma du Réel. The screening was followed by a discussion with the film’s director and Addoc filmmakers.


Sylvia Kristel – Paris, by Manon de Boer, Winner of the Georges de Beauregard International Prize at FIDMarseille 2004, was shown in the Viennale and the Belfort Entrevues festival. It is being shown in the Hong Kong International Film Festival from 22 March to 6 April 2005, and is also being bought and shown by the Van Abbee museum in Eindhoven. This film is now distributed by Argos Brussels).

It will be shown at the Galerie du Jeu de Paume during the third “Inventaire”, from 29 March to 30 April 2005


Olivier Zabat’s 1/3 des Yeux, winner of the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2004, will be shown at the same event.


Mur, by Simone Bitton, winner of the FIDMarseille 2004 Grand Prix, was shown in March at the Alhambra (“Pôle Régional d’Education à l’Image de Marseille”) in Marseille, with two screenings on 11 & 12 March. In February 2005, Mur won the special Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival, in the World Documentary Cinema category. It will be shown on television on the Sundance Channel.


As part of the “Regards sur le Travail” documentary film event organised by Le P’tit Ciné, Wang Bing’s A l’Ouest des Rails, FIDMarseille 2003 Grand Prix winner, was screened on 13 March at the Galeries Arenberg in Brussels. It will also be screened on 10 April in the “Changer son matin” programme of films in the CRAC centre, Valence.


Note that a DVD of A l’Ouest des Rails is now available.


Two films by Olivier Zabat: Miguel et les mines (selected for the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2002), and 1/3 des Yeux (winner of the French Competition Grand Prix in 2004) were shown in the CRAC centre, Valence, on 17 March 2005.


Nos traces silencieuses, a film by Sophie Bredier & Myriam Aziza, winner of the GNCR Prize at FIDMarseille 1999, is being shown from 17 to 25 March 2005 as part of the "Université au cinéma / Cinéma Mémoire" event in Tours.


FIDMARSEILLE  throughout the year


On Wednesday 16 March, Sochaux, 11 juin 1968 by the "Sochaux collective of filmmakers and workers" will be shown in the Centre Social Julien.

Centre Social Julien, Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille


Tuesday 22 March in the Centre Social Belsunce: screening of Carole Sionnet’s film Parmi nous sans papiers, sans visages, sans paroles, which was selected for the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2004.

Centre Social Belsunce, 16, Rue Bernard Du Bois, 13001 Marseille


23 March 2005 in the La Compagnie centre: screening of Marc Pataut’s Les Enfants ont des Oreilles, which was selected for the French Competition at FIDMarseille 2004, followed by a discussion with the public.

La Compagnie, 19, Rue Francis Pressensé, 13001 Marseille


As part of the 7th South American Film Week, organised by Association Solidarité Provence/Amérique du Sud, from 22 March to 29 March 2005, FIDMarseille has been given carte blanche to select films, including José Padilha’s Onibus 174, a minute investigation into the hijacking of a bus in Rio de Janeiro.

On 12 June 2000, Brazil’s St Valentine’s Day, the entire country held its breath while this drama was broadcast live on television for more than 4 hours. Based on a wide variety of sources – recordings, interviews with the hijackers, the police, social workers, etc. – the film follows two parallel lines. One shows how the dramatic events developed while the police tried to keep things under control. The other looks into the life of the hijacker himself: a Rio street urchin who got involved in violent crime.

The screening at 5:00pm on 29 March 2005 in the Chambord Cinema in Marseille will be presented by Jean-Pierre Rehm, FIDMarseille Executive Officer.




Alter Cine 2005 grant

The Alter Cine Foundation is awarding a grant of $10,000 to a young filmmaker from Africa, Asia or Latin America, to help them to make a documentary film concerning the defence of rights and freedom. Contact:

The 16th FIDMARSEILLE festival will take place from 1 to 6 July 2005

at the La Criée Theatre, Marseille


FIDMARSEILLE 14 allée léon gambetta 13001 marseille

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