The 41st Cinéma du Reél
Nearly 50 new documentary features make up the lineup of this Paris fest, alongside many more retrospective offerings.
Offerings in the French Selection include Pascale Bodet’s NEARLY A CENTURY
, about the filmmaker’s 99-year-old grandmother; Edie Laconi and Cécile Dumas’ I’M NOT GONNA DIE
, a portrait of a drug injection room of a Parisian hospital; Manuela Frésil’s THE GOOD GRAIN AND THE CHAFF
, which follows the lives of the children of homeless families in Annecy; Pierre Michelon’s AMARA
, on the director’s search for what happened to an Algerian sent to a French penal colony; Michaël Andrianaly’s NOFINOFY
, about a wandering Malagasy hairdresser; Hind Meddeb and Thim Naccache’s PARIS STALINGRAD
, on the refugee experience within the titular Parisian neighborhood; and Ariane Doublet’s GREEN BOYS
, on the friendship between two boys in the Normandy countryside.
More than a dozen titles vie for recognition in the International Competition, including: René Ballesteros’ DREAMS OF THE CASTLE
, in which teenage prisoners in Chile recount their nightmares; Sebastian Brameshuber’s MOVEMENTS OF A NEARBY MOUNTAIN
, about a Nigerian mechanic in the Austrian Alps; Gustavo Vinagre and Rodrigo Carneiro’s THE BLUE FLOWER OF NOVALIS
, a portrait of a performative HIV-positive gay man; Tiago Hespanha’s CAMPO
, an immersion into a Portuguese military base; Micol Roubini’s THE WAY TO THE MOUNTAINS
, in whch the filmmaker seeks out a house in Ukraine supposedly built by her great-grandfather prior to WWII; Javiera Véliz Fajardo’s LIVING THERE IS NOT HELL, IT IS THE FIRE OF THE DESERT. THE PLENITUDE OF LIFE THAT STAYED THERE LIKE A TREE
, an experimental observational portrait of an Argentine desert town; and Kavich Neang’s LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING
, in which the filmmaker chronicles the shuttering of a Phnom Penh artists’ residence.
Other offerings include Daniele Incalcaterra and Fausta Quattrini’s CHACO
, on efforts to save Paraguay from deforestation; Claire Simon’s docuseries, LE VILLAGE
, including a work-in-progress of the second season
, about a southern French village that has hosted a documentary festival for nearly 30 years; and Armel Hostiou’s LA PYRAMIDE INVISIBLE
, about a woman born in Bosnia.