Documentary
 

Documentary

From the timbre of a spoken, sung or shouted voice, to the fragile silences of a city, by way of the power of gusts of wind through the plain, the pleasure of listening is the same, and it goes by that of finding one’s place. Beyond the mastery of the technique, finding the right place in the space and especially with the people whom we choose to record and film, for, later, allowing the audience to find themselves in this place,  is for me at the heart of this job. It is central to my work in documentary, where the encounter is often the support point.

 

Selection of films

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Journey to the West

  • By Tsai Ming Liang
  • 56′ HD video
  • House on Fire – Néon Prod – 2013
  • Broadcast: Arte
  • Selection Berlinale 2014

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Résumé:The face of an exhausted man breathing deeply, his face agitated and, nearby, the sea. A Buddhist monk walks barefoot and incredibly slowly through Marseille – so slowly, that his progress is barely perceptible and he becomes a calming influence in the midst of the town’s goings-on.”

Cast: Lee Kang Sheng, Denis Lavant

Director: Tsai Ming Liang

DOP: Antoine Héberlé

Sound: Frédéric Salles

Link to the  list of festival selections

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Tarr Béla, I used to be a filmmaker.

  • by Jean-Marc Lamoure
  • 90′    HD & Super8 film
  • MPM Films 2012
  • FID Marseille 2013

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” Unrecognized master of contemporary cinema, Béla Tarr directs between 2008 and 2011 « The Turin’s horse » which he announces as his last movie. Accompanying the creation of this ultimate opus, this film proposes an immersion alongside the Hungarian moviemaker and the men and women who are part of his filmmaking family for almost thirty years. From the suburbs of Budapest to the remote borders of the huge Hungarian plain, each one reveals a part of the reality in which the cinema of Béla Tarr becomes established and gets involved. “

Directed and filmed by Jean-Marc Lamoure

Director assistant: Yann Eryl-Mer

Sound: Frédéric Salles
Link to an interview with director Jean-Marc Lamoure

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In the footsteps of the first “Provençaux”

  • By Axel Clévenot
  • 52′ HD video
  • Armoni Productions – 2012
  • Diffusion France 3, Histoire

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Résumé:
“Il y a près d’un million d’années, nos lointains ancêtres colonisaient le littoral méditerranéen, les Alpes et la Provence. Réalisé sous la forme d’un carnet de voyage, le film propose un itinéraire original à la découverte de ces premiers peuplements. Un parcours qui traverse le temps et nous fait revivre les grandes étapes de l’évolution de l’humanité.

Au gré des rencontres et des dessins du carnet de voyage du préhistorien Michel Grenet, nous cheminons de site en site sur les pas de nos lointains ancêtres. Nous croisons les acteurs de la Préhistoire, ceux qui fouillent, découvrent, font revivre notre passé …

D’Homo Erectus à Homo Sapiens en passant par Néandertal, ce film nous raconte l’histoire des modes de vie et de subsistance, de la gestion des matières premières et des moments clefs des économies de cette vaste région au cours de la Préhistoire.

Un regard nouveau sur cette région d’une étonnante richesse, qui nous permet de mieux comprendre nos filiations.

Avec: Michel Grenet

Réalisation: Axel Clévenot

Image: Jean-François Devaud

Son: Frédéric Salles

Lien vers le site web autour du film

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Acqua in Bocca

  • by Pascale Thirode
  • 85’
  • Atopic production – 2009
  • Broadcast: France 3 – Theatre Release: June 8 2011
  • Ulysse Award  best documentary film CINEMED 2009

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Synopsis

“My film is a quest around a family secret. I did not know nothing of my maternal grand-father dead in Corsica in July 1944. My mother never really spoke about him. She could not evoke Corsica without bursting into tears. I always knew something tragic weigh heavy on her, and therefore on me. As I became a mother myself, and after my father passed away, I looked at my mother in a new way, I wanted to know, understand,speak. The time had come where the duty of breaking silence, the silences, also seems to me as a right.

Between secrets and doubt, going beyhond the burden of a legacy or a story that could not be transmitted, and that can physically be translated into a corsican expression: « Acqua in bocca », the water in the mouth, the water that prevents from speaking.”

Written and directed by Pascale THIRODE
Cast Bastien MARIANI, Jean MARIANI, Suzie CRESPIN, Garance CRESPIN, Pascale THIRODE, Marie Jean VINCIGUERRA
DoP Jean Marc SELVA, Olivier BERTRAND
Sound Jean François MABIRE,  Benoît OUVRARD,  Frédéric SALLES
Editing Anne SOURIAU,  Catherine ZINS, assistées de Bertrand FECCI
Sound editing Olivier LAURENT
Original music  Pascal BIDEAU
RE-recording mixer Christian FONTAINE Auditel.
Location manager Pierre BORDES

Festivals: Ulysse Award  best documentary film Festival International du Cinéma méditerranéen 2009 / Festival International du Cinéma Documentaire CINEMA DU REEL mars 2010/ ITINERANCES Alès mars 2010/ Festival International du Film Tétouan Maroc avril 2010/ Festival International du Film Grenade Espagne avril 2010/ Festival International du Film Documentaire VISION DU REEL Nyon SUISSE avril 2010/ REGARD SUR LE MONDE Rouen octobre2010/. Festival Cinéma ARTE MARE Bastia novembre 2010/ Festival International du film policier Liège Belgique avril 2011.

Acqua in Bocca website

Trailer

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Alive to this day

  • by Rachel Benitah
  • 80’
  • Acis production – 2011

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Introduction:

“Most films about writers are commissioned. This is not the case here. I discovered the writer Marie Depussé first as a reader. Along the readings, the desire to meet her became a necessity: I must take a closer look, who is this woman? Why her ? Because she touches me. the meeting takes place in a simple way. During our first exchanges, we realised that we shared common territories of thought, connivances. Soon it became possible to work together.  I found things in her that I think intensively.On her side, she is attracted by the nature of my pictures.  With the occasional use of scenes inspired by the universe of the writer Marie Depussé, this film questions the desire. A portrait in the  third person is created, hybrid journey fed by our vibrations and artistic fervour.  In it resounds the voice of a little girl who never kept silent and who tries to remain standing up.”

Writer and director  Rachel Benitah

DoP  Mickaël Damperon

Sound  Frédéric Salles

Editing  Hélène Catuhe

Bonus audio

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From Arusha to Arusha

  • by Christophe Gargot
  • 115′
  • Atopic production – 2008
  • Release date: Septembre 16 2009
  • Georges de Beauregard Award documentary FID 2008

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Synopsis:

International criminal justice can be traced back to the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after World War II. Since November 1994, the United Nations has tasked the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, with judging the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide -the massacre of nearly a million people, mainly Tutsis, that was played out before a mute international audience. How does international justice transcend its political foundations? What does it mean to try in the name of a universel conscience?  From Arusha to Arusha uses ICTR archive footage and original interviews to examine the workings of judicial diplomacy.
Director Christophe Gargot

Editorial consultant Thierry Cruvellier

DOP Samuel Dravet

Camera assistant  Johan Legraie

Sound recordist Frédéric Salles

Editing Anne Lacour

Sound editing/re-recording mix Jean-Marc Schick

Post-production Damien Combier

Festivals: 

FID Marseille 2008 – Georges de Beauregard Award  – French compétition

Berlinale Forum 2009

FICCO Mexico 2009

IndieLisboa 2009 – Mention spéciale du Prix Amnesty International

Perspektive Nuremberg 2009

International Human Rights Film Festival

Journées du cinéma africain de Sarrebruck 2009

 

Film website

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Defferre, end of a reign

  • by Jean-michel Djian
  • 52′
  • Les Films d’içi – 2010
  • Broadcast: Public Sénat, LCP, TV5

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Synopsis:

Since May 7th, 1986, the southern French port city of Marseilles has been without its long-time leader, Gaston Defferre. In 1945, as a young lawyer, machine-gun in hand, he led the uprising to free the city from the German occupation. For the next 33 years he strove to turn the “Phocaean City” into a great contemporary metropolis. By means of this unique documentary and relying on archive footage and previously unseen eye-witness accounts, we focus on his final three years at the helm.

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One year with Soheib Bencheikh

  • de Michèle Bourgeot
  • 72′
  • Les Films du Tambours de Soie – 2009
  • Broadcast: Le Mans TV, TLSP
  • Best film award Dialogue and Peace – Trento 2010

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To film the portrait of Soheib Bencheikh, former Mufti of Marseille, it is a wish to show the everyday life of an extremely atypical Muslim theologian who attracts a lot of media interest,  a man who works with all his strengths to propel his religion into modernity.

Writer & director Michèle Bourgeot

DoP  Emmanuel Broto

Sound  Frédéric Salles, Pierre Armand

Editing  Claire Delannoy

Re-recording mixer Pierre Armand 

Best film award Dialogue and Peace Inter-religious Jury – Trento 2010

 

 

 

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Devenir Ange

  • by Stéphane Sinde
  • 54′
  • Atopic – 2010
  • Broadcast: TLSP, France 3

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” Christian Guez Gabriel(le) Ricord is one of the finest poets of the fall of the last century. I know, nobody cares, and his books, the ones still available, sells only few hundreds copies. But.

Take this film for an aesthetic variation and allow yourself  to gaze at the horizon of a language and hear the tale of an inner life. “

Written and directed by: Stéphane Sinde
DOP: Michel dunan
Sound: Frédéric Salles
Editing: Justine Hiriart
Re-recording mixer: Jean-marc Schick

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The body as an offering

  • de Bernar Hébert, Renée-Claude Riendeau
  • 88′
  • Claire obscura – 2010
  • Diffusion: Artv Canada

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A look at how we view the human body, as seen through the lenses of North American and European photographers between the ages of 24 and 72.

Regard sur la démarche de photographes actuels qui utilisent le corps humain pour exprimer certaines préoccupations sociales et humaines, témoignage de l’évolution de la civilisation occidentale. Au cours des dernières décennies, le corps nu est devenu un riche champ d’exploration pour plusieurs artistes qui vont même jusqu’à utiliser leur propre corps comme canevas afin de traduire leurs idées et leurs émotions. En suivant le travail des photographes contemporains, le film explore les changements dans la représentation du corps aujourd’hui. D’une part, certains artistes poussent à l’extrême la perception du corps en fabriquant une image complètement artificielle. D’autre part, certains photographes explorent le corps sous son aspect le plus naturel. Pied de nez ou complicité à l’égard de la publicité ? Les photographes captent le corps dans tous ses états : force, vigueur, maladie et mort.

Written and directed by Bernar Hébert, Renée-Claude Riendeau

DoP Katerine Giguère

Editing Martine Cossette

Sound recordists Martin Rouillard, Frédéric Salles

Music  Martin Rouillard Serge Laforest

Trailer

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Domestic violence

  • by Laëtitia Moreau
  • 57′
  • Balina films – 2010
  • Broadcast: France 5

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Synopsis: Domestic violence is a social fact. 140 women died in 2009 beaten by their partners. The director Laëtitia Moreau  followed during 3 months -within the SOS women association in Marseille- some women who have been violently abused, sometimes for several years.  In this film Christine, Sandrine, Sarah et Elisabeth describe the violences they endured, the circle in wich they were locked, and the shame of beeing abused. Each time the director ask the same question: How did you manage to leave? Without no exception, each woman left when they had the feeling that the next violence outburst would be fatal for her.
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A modest world

  • by Stéphane Sinde
  • 54′
  • Les Poissons Volants – 2009
  • Broadcast: Arte France

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Bernard Belluc a vaincu son bégaiement en ramassant les détritus ; Guy Brunet cultive de façon surprenante la nostalgie de la salle de cinéma tenue par ses parents dans les années 1950 ; Joseph Donadello donne des formes de ciment aux visages qu’il voit sur son poste de télévision. Aucun n’est officiellement “artiste”. Entre art brut, votif, populaire ou collection farfelue, l’art modeste fuit les définitions précises. Le réalisateur Stéphane Sinde est parti à la recherche de ces aventuriers du quotidien qui dynamitent nos codes esthétiques officiels et transforment des petits riens en oeuvres. L’art modeste est un territoire mouvant qui embrasse plusieurs définitions croisant celles de l’art brut, de l’art singulier, de l’art naïf etc. Le grand Arthur Rimbaud fut sans doute parmi les premiers à déceler ses richesses. Il écrit dans Alchimie du Verbe : “J’aimais les peintures idiotes, dessus de portes, décors, toiles de saltimbanques, enseignes, enluminures populaires ; la littérature démodée, latin d’église, livres érotiques sans orthographe, romans de nos aïeules, contes de fées, petits livres de l’enfance, opéras, vieux refrains niais, rythmes naïfs.”

a film by  Stéphane Sinde

writers  Stéphane Sinde and Bernard Tournois

editing  Florent Mangeot

DoP  Edmond Carrère, Michel Dunan

sound  Dana Farzannehpour, Frédéric Salles

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A friendship

  • by Michèle Bourgeot
  • 82′
  • Les Films du Tambours de Soie
  • 2003-2007

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Pitch:  
Odysséas and Malik are two very good friends. They are thirteen years old. They have known each other for six years. They live in the same street, go to the same school, always hang around together, at each other’s place. Nevertheless, this beautiful friendship is going to be undermined by a little earthquake… Odysséas’s parents are going to move out of town.

Director Michèle Bourgeot

Camera Emmanuel Broto

Sound Frédéric Salles

Editing Claire Delanoée

R-rec-Mixing Pascal Hochnedel

 

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Looking for Franck Burns

  • by Cathie Lévy
  • 60′
  • Les Films du Tambours de Soie – 2007
  • Broadcast: Arte

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Résumé:
On June 15, 2003, the L’Écailler du Sud publishing house in Marseille received a manuscript entitled M,N, crime exemplaire, by Frank Burns, alias Abel.
A wronged man, without past nor memory, lost in the world of the homeless. Within the space of a year, he loses his companions in misfortune one by one, all victims of violent deaths. The text appears to be a missive addressed to “the world of the living” written by a man who really endured these moments of shamefulness, rage and despair. The publisher wanted to bring it out. But the author was unknown at the given address. The director spent four years looking for him, less in the aim of physically finding him but to record the traces of his existence, to try to reconstitute his personality and put together his different portraits. Could there be several Frank Burns?
Written and directed by Cathie Lévy

DoP Samuel Dravet, Emmanuel Broto

Sound Pierre Armand, Frédéric Salles

Editing Dora Soltani

Re-rec-Mixer Pierre Armand

 

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Marseille Transit

  • by Gerry Meaudre
  • 52′
  • Au Fil de l’Eau – 2006
  • Broadcast: France 5

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Marseille symbolizes and summarizes a century of immigration history in France. Being focused in Belsunce, symbolic district of the migratory waves for more than a century, Gerry Meaudre’s movie questions historians and inhabitants of Marseille, recounts the construction of the multicultural identity of the city and notices that the renovation of the center alters the city vocation of transit.

Director Gerry Meaudre

Assistant director Mo Abbas

Image Gerry Meaudre

Sound Maxime Gavaudan, Frédéric Salles

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In the wardrobe of the world

  • by Hélène Lioult & Young Perron-Kim
  • 52′
  • Copsi video – 2006
  • Broadcast: France 3

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Geneviève Sevin-Doering, artisane et artiste d’avant-garde a révolutionné la conception du costume et du vêtement. A soixante-quinze ans, elle est aveugle depuis quelques années. Elle aurait pu abandonner son activité mais elle a compensé son handicap en décuplant ses capacités d’intuition et de perception tactile. Elle reçoit des élèves du monde entier dans son atelier à Marseille et transmet sa recherche, celle de l’équilibre, de la justesse du vêtement coupé en un seul morceau adapté au corps et à la personnalité de chacun.
Geneviève Sevin-Doering, craftswoman and cutting edge artist, revolutionized the conception of the costume and the clothing. At the age of seventy-five, she is blind for some years. She could have gave up her activity but she made up for her handicap by increasing her capacities of intuition and tactile perception. She receives students from all over the world in her workshop in Marseilles and passes on her research, that of the balance, the rightness of the garment cut in a single piece adapted to the body and the personality of each one.

Written and directed by Hélène Lioult et Young Perron-Kim

DoP Laurent Fénard, Jean-Luc Chaperon

Sound Pierre Armand, Frédéric Salles

Editing Eric Falconetti

 

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It is dawn and the night falls on me

  • By Florence Lloret
  • 80′
  • Les Films du Tambour de Soie – 2003-2006
  • Broadcast: France 3

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At the beginning of the 2000s Florence Lloret begins to visit regularly and to film the district of The Joliette in Marseilles. She transcribes little by little the slow transformation of the space, the fantasies and the fears which it inspires. She meets those who live there and observes with them the arrival of newcomers, their way of being and to live this territory, and try to understand what takes place there, for the city and for us who live in it.

Director Florence Lloret

Director assistant Michel André

DoP Florence Lloret

Sound Frédéric Salles, Pierre Armand

Editing Catherine Catella

Re-rec-mixing Pascal Hochenedel
 

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