Cinéma du Reél 2018 Overview

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.


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.

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