The 40th Cinéma du Reél
March 23-April 1
Approximately 50 new features screen at this long-running Paris nonfiction event, as well as a considerable retrospective programming slate.
IN THE STILLNESS OF SOUNDS
The French Competition includes: Marine de Contes’ THE GAME
, an immersion into pigeon hunting; Pierre Tonachella’s UNTIL THE DAWNING OF THE DAY
, a portrait of the filmmaker’s childhood friends; Aminatou Echard’s JAMILA
, about the cultural impact of a 1958 Kyrgyz novel and its titular heroine; Grégoire Beil’s NATIONAL NARRATIVE
, an exploration of social media and exhibitionism; Julien Faraut’s IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION
, a portrait of tennis legend John McEnroe filtered through instructional videos; and Serge Steyer and Stéphane Manchematin’s IN THE STILLNESS OF SOUNDS
, a meditation on listening.
Among the titles on offer in the International Competition are: Kristina Konrad’s ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS
, which assembles popular opinion about a proposed Uruguayan amnesty bill in 1986; Leonor Teles’ ASHORE
, a portrait of a Portuguese fisherman and his family; Sophie Bruneau’s DREAMING UNDER CAPITALISM
, an exploration of the impact of capitalism on the unconscious; and James Benning’s L COHEN
, which trains his camera on a barren Oregon landscape.
Debut docs squaring off in the International First Films Competition include: Mariano Luque’s THE TREES
, in which the filmmaker explores the family of his recently deceased grandfather; Antoine Bourges’ FAIL TO APPEAR
, a hybrid about a social worker’s relationship with her first case assignment; Ivan Ramljak’s DOM BORACA
, which explores a nearly abandoned Communist memorial in Croatia; and Zaheed Mawani’s HARVEST MOON
, a portrait of a Kyrgyzstan mountain forest community.