A narrator of ordinary lifes: A retrospective of Nicolas Philibert

We present a retrospective of the prominent documentary filmmaker Nicolas Philibert. This French director is a critic of documentary activism who calls himself “a bit of an anti-Michael Moore”, refusing, unlike one of the most famous activist filmmakers, to „think for the audience“. On the contrary, he „offers them something they can think about“.

Philibert gained attention especially thanks to his successful film To Be and To Have, in which he portrayed a French single-class school and its specifics. A combination of a sensitive perspective of a specific world of preparations in one single-class school full of children of various ages and an original topic depicting ordinary life attracted large audiences, resulting in a worldwide commercial success. Other films in the retrospective also include Nénette, an original feature documentary about a female orang-utan with a Mona Lisa smile, and a film, or rather a return to the world of making a film about a triple murder – Back To Normandy.

Stream FOR FREE from June 10 to 23!

This event includes films that have been territorially restricted by the distribution company. Unfortunately, we do not always have the rights to offer the film for viewing in all countries. The information on the accessibility of the film in your country is specified in the film description.

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