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A Taste Of Film Debuts From Fid Marseille


Since the French film festival FID Marseille is nearing, we have prepared, in cooperation with its organizers, a selection of the most original film debuts by contemporary documentary filmmakers.

Directors Rania Rafei and Raed Rafei in their film 74, la reconstitution d'une lutte show events that took place in 2011: in the midst of the Arab Spring, Rania and Raed Rafei decide to step back and reconsider today’s situation in the light of that period which was pregnant with hope, but also a prelude to civil war. In his film Crazy Quilt, director Lebrun follows two young girls who write to each other. Fifty years later, they still write to each other.

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The Jury

El Jurado (Orig.) / 2012 / Spain / 63 min

The truth is nothing but a group of pixels, the result of a digital zoom on blurred faces. The camera filming the members of a people's jury present at a murder trial is as lost as they are in a labyrinth of evidence, images, and witnesses, incapable of filming anything but its own disintegration.



Crazy Quilt

Crazy Quilt (Orig.) / 2011 / France / 51 min

Seated on a podium in a cinema as if for a typical Q&A after a screening, Françoise Lebrun, actress here behind the camera (but in front of it too), begins by the end and politely warns her interlocutor: it will be a question of a work in the style of a quilt, of a crazy quilt.




Logoden (Orig.) / 2012 / France / 36 min

The story is quite simply magnificent. In 1979, to thank the owner of the island of Logoden for authorising the filming of scenes for Mon Oncle d’Amérique, Alain Resnais offered this gentleman, Jean Fraysse, a highquality super 8 camera...




August (Orig.) / 2011 / Germany, Japan / 83 min

The character of a German woman writer, about whom we know precious little, apart from the fact that her mother is losing her memory, goes to Hiroshima during the commemoration of the bombing...



He Whose Face Gives No Light

Aquel cuyo rostro no irradie luz (Orig.) / 2011 / Canada, Mexico / 40 min

For her first film, Andrea Bussmann has chosen to film the filming of a fiction film. But it is unequivocally in no way a making of but rather a gallery of portraits of old people, residents of Mexico gathered together for the occasion in a run-down bar in the capital. None of them are actors, and do not pretend to be...




Montemor (Orig.) / 2012 / Portugal, Spain / 69 min

A man rambles in a field for the entire time. A sculptor works with the wood. An old man speaks of Lord with excessive vehemence. In front of the old man's place there's an old railway, which passes a train every five minutes...



Song Song

Song Song (Orig.) / France / 41 min

Song Song is the story of a composer in search of inspiration. Surrounded by an orchestraʼs worth of instruments that lay silent at his feet, Alain struggles to find his muse, though the appearance of a young woman may prove to be inspiration enough. Delicately attuned to the sometimes fruitful, often fraught artistic process.




Babylon (Orig.) / 2012 / Tunisia / 119 min

After the insurrection erupted in Libya in the spring of 2012, more than a million people flocked to neighboring Tunisia in search of a safe haven from the escalating violence...



74 (The Reconstitution Of A Struggle)

74 (Istiaadat Nidal) (Orig.) / 2012 / Lebanon / 95 min

Students demonstrate against a tuition increase. For 37 days, they occupy university offices. Any resemblance to recent events is completely intentional...



Ask Your Shadow

Demande À Ton Ombre (Orig.) / 2012 / Algeria / 82 min

In ASK YOUR SHADOW, the camera does more than film; it documents a diary of one’s homecoming. The film starts on 6 January 2011 when Algeria witnesses riots. After nine years, when the director Lamine Ammar Khodja returns to Algeria, he is forced to address his place and role in the country. As the train starts to move, his existential questions mix with the country’s political events that blow up in the region.





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