Scene from the film Atelier de conversation
Scene from the film Atelier de conversation
Scene from the film Atelier de conversation
Scene from the film Atelier de conversation
Scene from the film Atelier de conversation

Atelier de conversation

  • Austria
  • France
  • Liechtenstein
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A dozen red chairs, an equal number of mutually disparate life stories. Just a room and a common language, however, become a means toward understanding… Foreigners from all corners of the world meet each week at the Centre Pompidou in Paris for free lessons to hone their French. War refugees, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, and students sit side-by-side, immersing themselves in both lighthearted and weighty conversations, in which cultural differences sometimes result in peaceful confrontations. The dangers of multicultural life, at times easily overcome with the help of a shared language, manifest themselves in drastic altercations, as well as in cheerfully awkward monologues, fleeting gestures, and subtle facial expressions. Minimalist in form – but all the more so due to the filmmaker’s choices – this thoroughgoing documentary captures those elusive moments in which grammatical fumblings and the painstaking search for the right word inadvertently reveal a window into the human soul. KVIFF


  • Original title
    Atelier de conversation
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Bernhard Braunstein
  • DOP
    Adrien Lecouturier
  • Editing
    Roland Stöttinger
  • Music
    Lucile Chaufour
  • Sound
    Philippe Schillinger, Alexandre Andrillon, Nicolas Joly, Clément Maléo
  • Duration
    71 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
    • France
    • Liechtenstein
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • IndieCork Film Festival 2017
    • Duisburger Filmwoche 2017
    • Firenze - Festival dei Popoli 2017
    • Graz - Diagonale 2017
    • Karlovy Vary IFF 2017
    • Leeds IFF 2017
    • Linz - Crossing Europe Film Festival 2017
    • London - Open City Docs 2017
    • Paris - Cinéma du Réel 2017
    • Reykjavik International Film Festival 2017
    • Vilnius - Scanorama. European Film Forum 2017
    • Wien - This Human World International Human Rights Film Festival 2017
    • Zürich International Film Festival 2017
    • Bukarest - One World Romania 2018
    • Hamburg - Dokumentarfilmwoche 2018
    • Ljubljana - Doc Film Festival 2018
    • München - Int. Dokumentarfilmfestival 2018
    • Sarre/Aosta - FrontDoc International Documentary Film Festival 2018
    • ZagrebDOX - Documentary Film Festival 2018
    • Helsinki - DocPoint International Documentary Film Festival 2019
  • Awards
    • ARTE-Award for Best Documentary, Duisburger Filmwoche 2017
    • Documentary Special Jury Price, Karlovy Vary IFF 2017
    • Special Mention Audience Award & Special Mention Feature Length Doc/Youth Jury, Sarre/Aosta - FrontDoc International Documentary Film Festival 2018 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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