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Denis Gheerbrant (France)

After studying literature Denis Gheerbrant (born 1948) joined the famous film school IDHEC (now FEMIS) in 1969. When he left the school he had obtained two degrees, one in direction and the other in cinematography. From 1972 on he has had several activities in the movie field. Whether exploring post-industrial France or the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, Gheerbrant brings a distinctive rigour to all his films. His documentary work is noted for its “oreille absolu” — the sense that Gheerbrant is listening intently to his subjects and establishing genuine relationships with them. He draws inspiration from still photography and is himself an accomplished photographer and cinematographer. He does the camera work on all his films and has collaborated with such noted directors as René Allio and Jean-Pierre Denis. He did the cinematography for Denis’s feature film Histoire d’Adrien, which won the Caméra d’or at Cannes.


  • Et la vie
    95´, France, 1991
  • Grands comme le monde
    91´, France, 1999
  • Le voyage à la mer
    87´, France, 2002
  • La vie est immense et pleine de dangers/ Life Is Boundless and Full of Dangers
    80´, France, 1996
  • La république Marseille
    360´, France, 2009
  • Après - Un voyage dans le Rwanda
    105´, France, 2005 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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