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BEST WISHES, LETTER & CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

 

We take advantage of the occasion of our annual New Year’s greetings, which we warmly address to everyone, to offer our apologies as well as to rejoice. First of all we apologize for the fact that the newsletter is sometimes a bit long. Despite some enthusiastic feedback, it’s possible that reading it has become rather laborious. But this detailed report seems appropriate and necessary. Inasmuch as the challenge of selection has increased with the constraint of world or international releases, and inasmuch as this rule has not deterred filmmakers and production companies from confiding their films to us, it seems legitimate and essential to report on their trajectories following their screening at FIDMarseille. Trajectories that are always, as our newsletter attests, more than encouraging. It is thus in the name of this confidence that is granted to us, and of the noted ample circulation that we take the liberty of this report. And not for the simple concern with communication that would otherwise make little sense.

Our cause for rejoicing is thus triple. Undoubtedly our French readers will have noted the first reason: several film critics of major publications have chosen documentary films in their annual list of favorite films from the previous year: Le Monde, Libération, Les Cahiers du Cinéma and Les Inrocks. A sign of the genre’s real vitality. It’s our good fortune to have had the honor of showing these films in their first screening. We take advantage to congratulate the designated filmmakers, particularly since in each instance it’s a question of long and courageous adventures, a fortiori with regards to their financial arrangements.

The second cause for rejoicing concerns the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. No less than seven films selected in Marseille last July will be programmed in its next edition. Details regarding these films will be made public by the IFFR on the 19th of this month, and we will include it in the next FidMarseille newsletter.

One final reason for satisfaction: the FIDMarseille has just joined DocAlliance, which brings together six European festivals. Our new partners: CPH:Dox in Copenhagen, Dok Leipzig in Germany, Jihlava IDDF in the Czech Republic, Planete Doc FF in Warsaw in Poland and Visions du Réel in Nyon in Switzerland. This modest but determined assembly intends to combine its convictions and energies for the defense of cinema. Which cinema? One that is respectful of the public. Respectful of an old and forever renewed idea of cinema itself. Respectful above all of what it has chosen to bear witness. That several festivals of diverse geographical origins choose to actively and concretely collaborate on such a programme and its practical consequences (see below) is sufficiently rare to take note and to gauge what this promises for future collaborations.

Jean-Pierre Rehm

Executive Director, FIDMarseille

 
   
     
 

From 2012, FIDMarseille is very pleased to join the Doc Alliance network and thus to collaborate with five European film festivals focused on documentary film. Doc Alliance forms a dynamic platform offering filmmakers and producers alternative possibilities for the distribution of their films to enable them to find their way in the market. The goal of Doc Alliance is to make available for the public a certain number of works chosen each year and to support their distribution by means of an increased presence in festivals (Doc Alliance Selection) and on the platform online www.DAFilms.com (Doc Alliance Films).

The portal www.DAFilms.com functions on the principle of Video on Demand and offers a permanent access to more than 600 films. Spectators and professionals: you now have the opportunity to legally and inexpensively view all of the films available on DAFilms.com directly on your computer (either by streaming or by downloading). DAFilms.com offers a selection of major contemporary documentary films from allover the world, but especially from Europe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us or Doc Alliance ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This email address is protected against spambots. You need Javascript enabled to view it), if you would like more information on viewing or the registration of films on the portal.

     
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SPECTRES by Sven Augustijnen, special mention for the Grand Prize of the International Competition, Public Libraries Prize, GNCR Prize, screened in its international premiere at FID 2011, is programmed at de Appel, in Amsterdam (Netherlands) from October 14, 2011 – 12 February 2012.

     
    THINK ABOUT WOOD, THINK ABOUT METAL by Manon De Boer, presented in the Parallel Screen “Secret Conservations” at FID 2011, is screened at the Jan Mot, Gallery in Brussels (Belgium), from October 29, 2011 – January 14, 2012.
     
    DEAR STEVE by Herman Asselberghs, in International Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2010, is screened at the galerie Sint-Lukas, in Brussels (Belgium), from December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012.
     
 
 SEARCHING FOR HASSAN by Edouard Beau, winner of the First Prize, in French Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2009, is programmed at 98WEEKS in Beirut (Lebanon), on January 11, 2012 at 7 p.m.
     
   9 EVENINGS : OPEN SCORE by Barbro Schultz-Lundestam, presented in the Parallel Screen “Secret Conversations” at FID 2011, is programmed at Beursschouwburg, in Brussels (Belgium) on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
     
   ENTRÉE DU PERSONNEL by Manuela Fresil, Grand Prix of the French Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011, is screened in the series, "Et le travail? " at Ciné 104, in Pantin, January 13, 2012 at 8:15 p.m., with the director present.

     
    ENCONTROS by Pierre-Marie Goulet, winner of Sound Prize, in International Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2006, is presented at the cinema of the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, as part of the series "Trafic, incomparable et inégalée,” in homage to the 20th anniversary of the film journal Trafic, on January 16, 2012 at 8 p.m. The film will be introduced by Bernard Eisenschitz.
     
   <... – HISTOIRE(S) DU PRÉSENT – ...> (documentation d’une expérience) by Alejandra Riera with UEINZZ, screened in its world premiere in the Parallel Screen “Suffering and Cruelty” at FID 2011, is screened at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts as part of “Documentation d’une experience,” in Paris, on January 17, 2012 at 5 p.m., with the director present.
     
    JUST SHOOT ME by Cláudia Nunes, in International Competition, winner of the Marseille Espérance Prize, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011, is programmed in Beursschouwburg, in Brussels (Belgium) on January 17, 2012 at 8.30 p.m.

     
   HOY COMO AYER by Bernie Ijdis, presented in a special screening out of the International Competition, screened in its international premiere at FID 2011, is programmed at La Gaîté Lyrique, in Paris, as part of the series Musiquepointdoc, January 18, 2012 at 8 p.m., with the director present.
     
    LA MALADIE BLANCHE by Christelle Lheureux, in French Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011, is selected at the World Film Festival of Bangkok (Thailand), from January 20 - 27, 2012.
     
 
 200% by Nicolas Boone and Olivier Bosson, in French Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
AMI, ENTENDS-TU by Nathalie Nambot, in French Competition and First Film Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2010,
GÉNIE, KASPAR ET LES AUTRES by Florence Pezon, produced by 25 Films, selected as a film project in development at the 2009 FIDLab, presented in its world premiere in the Parallel Screen “Suffering and Cruelty” at FID 2011,
LES TROIS DISPARITIONS DE SOAD HOSNI by Rania Stephan, in International Competition, winner of the Renaud Victor Prize, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
have been selected at the festival Les Inattendus, in Lyon, from January 20 – 28, 2012.
     
   LA NUIT ELLES DANSENT by Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault, presented in the Parallel Screen “En chantier” (Under Construction] at FID 2011,
WAITING FOR ABU ZAYD by Mohammad Ali Atassi, in International Competition, Georges de Beauregard International Prize and Public Libraries Prize, screened in its world premiere at FID 2010,
Have been selected for the DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland), from January 24 – 29, 2012.
    
    IL SE PEUT QUE LA BEAUTÉ AIT RENFORCÉ NOTRE RÉSOLUTION - MASAO ADACHI by Philippe Grandrieux, in International Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011, is selected for the DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland), from January 24 - 29, 2012 . The film is also programmed in Révolutions - “Est-ce ainsi...” 12es journées cinématographique dionysiennes, at the l’Écran cinema in Saint-Denis, from February 1 - 7, 2012 .
    
    L’HYPOTHÈSE DU MOKÉLÉ M’BEMBÉ by Marie Voignier, in French Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011, is programmed in the special screening of the Hors Pistes festival, at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, from January 27 – February 12, 2012
    
    GANGSTER PROJECT by Teboho Edkins, in International Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
IL SE PEUT QUE LA BEAUTÉ AIT RENFORCÉ NOTRE RÉSOLUTION - MASAO ADACHI by Philippe Grandrieux, in International Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
JE SUIS CELLE QUI PORTE LES FLEURS VERS SA TOMBE by Hala Alabdalla & Ammar Albeik, presented in the Parallel Screen “Filmer, dit-elle ” at FID 2007
KASPAR FILM by Florence Pezon,  presented in its world premiere in the Parallel Screen "Souffrance et cruauté" at FID 2011,
LA MALADIE BLANCHE by Christelle Lheureux, in French Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
L’ANABASE DE MAY ET FUSAKO SHIGENOBU, MASAO ADACHI ET 27 ANNÉES SANS IMAGES by Eric Baudelaire, in French Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
LES TROIS DISPARITIONS DE SOAD HOSNI by Rania Stephan, in International Competition, winer of the Renaud Victor prize, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
L’HYPOTHÈSE DU MOKÉLÉ M’BEMBÉ by Marie Voignier, in French Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
PAR EXEMPLE, ELECTRE by Jeanne Balibar and Pierre Léon, produced by Pierre Grise Productions, selected as film project at FIDLab 2011,
THICKER THAN PAINT THINNER by Babak Afrassiabi, in International Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011,
Are selected at the  IFF Rotterdam (Netherland), January 25 - February 5, 2012.
    
    MATERIAL by Thomas Heise, Grand Prix of the International Competition, screened in its French premiere at FID 2009, is programmed in Révolutions - “Est-ce ainsi...” 12es journées cinématographique dionysiennes, at the l’Écran cinema in Saint-Denis, from February 1 - 7, 2012 .
     
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 HONK ! by Arnaud Gaillard and Florent Vassault, presented in its world premiere in the Parallel Screen “Suffering and Cruelty” at FID 2011, was theatrically released on November 9, 2011
Distribution : SHELLAC

     
    NOCES EPHÉMÈRES by Reza Serkanian, shown in a special ACID screening at FID 2011, was theatrically released on November 9, 2011.
Distribution : JUPITER COMMUNICATIONS SA
     
 
 QU’ILS REPOSENT EN RÉVOLTE (DES FIGURES DE GUERRES) by Sylvain George, in International Competition, screened in its world premiere at FID 2010, was theatrically released on November 16, 2011.
Distribution : Independencia Distribution
     
 
     

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   Registration for the Official Selection for the 23rd FIDMarseille is open until March 18, 2012.
Please consult our website and register your film online.

     
 

 Calls for projects for the FIDLab are open until February 5, 2012. Please consult our website and register your film online.
     

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 As part of the VideoFId evenings, FIMarseille is pleased to invite you to a screening on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. on its premises to a screening of LA VIE EST AILLEURS by Elsa Quinette, winner of the Georges de Beauregard National Prize, screened in its world premiere at FID 2011.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VIDEOFID OF JANUARY 2012 WILL EXEPTIONALLY BE HELD ON A THURSDAY EVENING.

Baboussia, grandmother’s nickname, has had a good innings. She wants to go now, she openly admits as much to those close to her, she is ready, it’s time to go. This declaration of death is what her family have to come to terms with, including her grand-daughter, Elsa Quinette, a film-maker, hence her need to make her film. This takes two directions that alternate in their progression. In other words, making an open, articulate response to an anticipated mourning process: editing being the answer. On one hand affectionately accompanying this old woman surrounded by her loved ones, recording shared love out loud on the edge of life, following, for example, the eldest son exorcising his fear and distress in a theatrical scene full of cathartic black humour. On the other hand, giving herself scope for tangents, going with her photographer brother to collect images of faces from elsewhere, another final flourish, amidst other rituals on the ghats in Benares in India, where death is crudely displayed as part of everyday life. Throughout this double journey into the unknown, no knowledge is acquired, no secret revealved, or pain overcome. What is discovered rather, stealthily and slowly, even unassuredly, is the logic of editing that separates the close to and far away, France and India, the before and after passing away; it comes back to application and this law of division at the heart of each event in time or space. Neither wisdom nor practise, but a series of bedazzlements.

Jean-Pierre Rehm
     

 

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