UN FILM DRAMATIQUE
Directed by Éric Baudelaire
2019, 114 minutes
Commissioned as a dedicated artwork for the newly constructed Dora Maar middle school on the outskirts of Paris, Un Film Dramatique is a lively portrait of the first class to attend the school, filmed over the course of four years. The group of 21 middle schoolers discuss the drama of their daily lives and experiment with cameras and equipment. They are the film's subjects, and also its makers.
With a refreshingly uninhibited approach, Baudelaire (Letters to Max, The Anabasis of May...) offers a new perspective on the realities of our current socio-political moment that is both playful and purposeful. As the students debate the approaching elections and the immigration crisis, they also seek to answer a key political question--what are we doing here together?
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
Official Selection - Locarno International Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
"[A] rare film that conveys the capacious lyricism we tend to associate with the cinema of Agnès Varda. This is one of the year’s very best."
– Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope
"A work of refreshing spontaneity and continuous revelation."
– Jordan M. Smith, Nonfics
ALSO KNOWN AS JIHADI
Pulling from real events and court documents in the wake of the 2015 Paris terror attacks, Also Known As Jihadi follows a young man's journey to radicalism not through his actions, but through his surroundings.
THE ANABASIS OF MAY AND FUSAKO SHIGENOBU, MASAO ADACHI AND 27 YEARS WITHOUT IMAGES
Mixing personal stories, political history, revolutionary propaganda and film theory, artist Eric Baudelaire illuminates the idealism and radicalism of left-wing extremist movements of the 1970s by interweaving the stories of two of its protagonists: May Shigenobu, daughter of the founder of the Japanese Red Army, and Masao Adachi, the revered Japanese director who gave up cinema to take up arms.
In 1967, following the success of Blow Up, Michelangelo Antonioni planned to make his next film in Japan. The project was cancelled (Antonioni shot Zabriskie Point instead), but he did publish his ideas for the film.” In this brilliant documentary, filmmaker Eric Baudelaire remakes Antonioni’s lost film through photographs, real life anecdotes, correspondences and critical discourse.