FIDMarseille is set to be one of the first major documentary film festivals that viewers can attend in person this year. After a long festival hiatus, visitors to FIDMarseille can expect a huge dose of films that are not afraid to experiment with form and the genre itself. You can also catch the same cool and refreshing breeze from the French Riviera in our newly curated selection featuring the best films from last year’s festival.
Earning special mentions from two independent juries was the film Reynard by Portuguese director Leonor Noivo. Guiding us through this medium-length, motion picture is the fictional character Marta, whose daily rituals flirt with the taboo of anorexia — a theme that has become a shared secret amongst the film’s director and actress Patricia Guerreiro, who plays the main character.
The Grand Prix of the French Competition went to director Jean-Marc Chapoulie for his film Mittelmeer. In it, he managed to create an unconventional collage depicting the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, as captured by security camera footage. Chapoulie adds a new dimension to this footage by manipulating the hues and contrasts, altering sounds, and adding his own commentary to the mix.
A new film by Spanish director Juan Rodrigañez entitled Rights of Man is also full of colour. The film centres around a circus tent and a group of extravagant artists who view the village where they’ve just come to perform and its surrounding environment in their own humorous way.
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