Opening night on sunday November 20th
Closing night and prizewinners on saturday November 26th
37TH EDITION PREVIEW
OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (1ST, 2ND AND 3RD FILMS)
A selection of first works - short and medium-length films, features, fiction, documentaries, experimental and animation films - by burgeoning filmmakers.
> The competition will be made public on October 25th.
Since Wesh Wesh, What’s Happening? (2001), Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche has been tirelessly exploring poetic and political paths to dissidence, whether by tackling contemporary social struggles (Dernier Maquis, 2008) or conjuring up distant figures; that of famous French smuggler Louis Mandrin (Smuggler’s Song, 2012), or Judas Iscariot (Story of Judas, 2015). Utopia and realism at the ready, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche and his artistic collaborators will be presenting all of his films, including the unreleased Le Gang des bois du temple (2022).
> Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Jacques Nolot, Gilles Mouëllic, Régis Laroche and others will be attending.
Emmanuelle Cuau is one of the very few French filmmakers who keeps up the long-buried tradition of romantic secrets and speculations, tapping gleefully into the paranoid wells of fiction, i.e. the power of suggestion and mystery. Her films, predicated on potent challenges to the concept of identity, unravel social roles (Circuit Carole, 1995), investigate the unspeakable core of daily interactions (Not on My Watch, 2017), and unearth riveting causes of alienation within our eternal duality as human beings (Very Well, Thank You, 2007). Identity is fleeting and, naturally, leads to madness; this is what Emmanuel Cuau’s films have shown, better than anyone, through ambiguity and uncertainty, finding endless ways to top with the audience’s consciousness.
> A complete retrospective (including her unreleased short film Palais de Tokyo), events, carte blanche screenings and a preview of the restored version of Circuit Carole. Emmanuelle Cuau, Gilbert Melki, Sabine Lancelin and others will be attending.
A short and biased anthology of emancipation on film. Skipping school, hijacking goods, strikes, uprisings, acts of resistance and moral transgressions, whether they be intimate upheavals or collective protests, about thirty films will show how films have often acted along, worked towards and lit up the path to disobedience, of any kind. From Ernst Lubitsch (I Don’t Want to Be a Man, 1918) to Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves, 2013), with Jean Vigo, René Vautier, Sidney Lumet, Med Hondo, Carole Roussopoulos, Jean-Luc Godard, Youssef Chahine, Jean Genet, Glauber Rocha, Jamie Babbit and Binka Zhelyazkova…
> Every evening, disobedience variations will be part of the La Nuit programme. Every last screening is dedicated to masterpieces of various kinds: horror, subversive comedies or must-see B movies. Films, carte blanche screenings (Les Productions de l’Impossible, Strasbourg European Fantasy Film Festival, Smells Like Teen Spirit), and after-parties.
Delving in the heart of 1980s America, we meet female directors who filmed outsiders. This year, Film and History explores various perspectives on minority representation in the US, as an extensive counterculture lecture. Lizzie Borden, Kathleen Collins, Vivienne Dick, Bette Gordon, Penelope Spheeris, etc. Rediscover the names that will guide you through a vibrant era of independent filmmaking.
> Films and events. Lizzie Borden will attend.
Taking Federico Fellini’s 1953 film, I Vitelloni, on the exam list for the French baccalaureate this year, we’ll take a look back at erratic, disillusioned youths in film, both those from the 1950s and 1960s - with Dino Risi and Claude Chabrol - their heirs, with Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater and Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
> Films, conferences and teaching support.
Previews, digitally-restored heritage films, carte blanche screenings (La Cinémathèque française, the FILMS collection of the Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou, La Clef Revival...), VR films in the multimedia Gantner space and around town at the Belfort Art School, the closing film of the month of documentaries, Acid and GNCR favorite, regional films panel and symposiums…
This children’s festival will make children and adults shiver all over! A splendid short-film programme for audiences over 3 to delve into the universe of Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki. Goosebumps guaranteed with this programme, that helps us think about fear and to decipher it.
> Post-film snacks, competitions and a screening of the 35mm version of Nocturna.
Poster created by Barbee, using a frame from Smithereens by Susan Seidelman, screened as part of the Cinema and History Programme.