Scene from the film In the Billowing Night
Scene from the film In the Billowing Night
Scene from the film In the Billowing Night
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In the Billowing Night

  • France
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Jean-René is a retired workman who has lived in Mâcon, France, since emigrating from Reunion Island at the age of 17. Today, for the first time ever, the quiet man recounts his story to his daughter. His journey is interspersed with enigmatic dreams and pains that are rooted in the wounds of the French colonial past.


  • Original title
    Lèv la tèt dann fénwar
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Erika Etangsalé
  • DOP
    Jonathan Rubin, Fiona Braillon
  • Duration
    51 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • FID Marseille, France 2021
    • Etats Généraux du documentaire de Lussas, France 2021
    • Villa Médicis, Italy 2021
    • IDFA, Netherlands 2021
    • Festival de cine Africano FCAT, Spain 2022
    • Prismatic Ground, USA 2022
    • DocPoint, Finland 2023
    • Premiers Plans Angers, France 2022
    • Festival du cinéma de Brive, France 2022
    • FIFIB, France 2022
    • DocLisboa, Portugal 2022
    • Ji.hlava IDFF, Czech Republic 2022
    • Visions du réel, Switzerland 2022
  • Awards
    • Prix Premier au FID Marseille 2021
    • Prix Marseille Espérance au FID Marseille 2021
    • Mention spéciale du jury au Festival Premiers Plans 2022
    • Mention spéciale du jury des activités sociales de l'énergie CMCAS et CCAS au Festival du cinéma de Brive 2022
    • Prix Doc Alliance 2022
    • Prix TV5 Monde au Festival de cine Africano Tarifa 2022 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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