Cinéma du Réel 2021 Overview

The 43rd Cinéma du Réel

March 12-21

This Paris-based nonfiction event showcases more than 30 new and recent feature projects online this year.

Among the offerings:

Director: Alice Lenay
After the LED indicator on the filmmaker’s webcam started flashing for no reason, she suspects a hacker’s presence, and embarks on a series of video calls to find out what this elusive entity wants with her.

Delphine’s Prayers
Director: Rosine Mbakam
A portrait of a young Cameroonian girl who exposes the patriarchy and colonialism that continues to suppress African women.

Faraway My Shadow Wandered
Director: Liao Jiekai, Sudhee Liao
Junya, once heir to a family shrine, has instead pursued his own dreams, but when he befriends Sara, a foreigner researching dance, they decide to return to Junya’s hometown together to find closure.

Director: Tim Leyendekker
A meditation on the infamous Groningen HIV case, in which three men drugged and injected other men with their own HIV-infected blood.

Director: Judith Abensour
The filmmaker follows the installation of the first exhibition at a new museum dedicated to Palestinian history and culture in Ramallah, replacing the unrealized initially intended inaugural exhibition.

FREIZEIT or: the opposite of doing nothing
Director: Caroline Pitzen
Young people drift through a changing Berlin, wondering how anyone will be able to live in this city in the future.

Garage, engines and men
Director: Claire Simon
The director observes mechanics in the small picturesque Provençal village of her youth, where the garage becomes a place of masculine transmission.

Inside the Red Brick Wall
Director: HK Documentary Filmmakers
A vividly powerful account of the November 2019 siege of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University during the protests against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill.

The inventory will be drawn up at eleven o’clock in the presence of the poet’s wife
Director: Martin Verdet
Poet and radio producer Franck Venaille’s study is being emptied, becoming a stage of all that is never done in a dead man’s room.

Landscapes of Resistance
Director: Marta Popivoda
The story of antifascist fighter Sonja – one of the first female partisans in Yugoslavia, and one of the leaders of the Resistance movement at Auschwitz – connects through time with a new generation of antifascists.

Living with Imperfection
Director: Antoine Polin
In his Boston basement apartment, the great American pianist Ran Blake lives alone and endlessly fine-tunes his indefinable sound, driven for over 70 years, by his obsession with cinema.

Director: Milo Rau
The filmmaker and his team return to the origins of the gospel and stage it as a passion play of an entire civilization – a manifesto of solidarity with the poorest, a revolt for a more humane world.

Venice Beach, CA.
Director: Marion Naccache
A portrait of Venice Beach from the perspective of the homeless living in the neighborhood, witnessing how it, and the country, are changing in strange and terrifying ways.

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