Cinema du Réel documentary fest
France’s outstanding documentary film festival opened yesterday at the Centre Pompidou. A selection of some 40 international and French films will premiere; the program ‘America is Hard to See’ will present politically engaged documentary films by Cartier Bresson, Paul Strand, Leo Hurwitz, Ralph Steiner, Sidney Meyers, which endeavoured to portray another vision of America from as early as the 1920s; Ecoute Voir!’ explores the ties between the documentary and music and this year the theme is the offstage dimension of performances and concerts; there’s the presentation, staging and screening of ‘The Owl’s Legacy’, a film composition by Chris Marker (1989). Plus there’s two dedications (Richard Leacock and Leo Hurwitz), encounters and debates with filmmakers, a plunge into the festival’s past (20th anniversary of the Prix Marcorelles, classics), a children’s afternoon documentary party…
Until 5 April.
screenings at the Centre Pompidou, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, MK2 Beaubourg and several other theatres around greater Paris.