… New York and Moscow. Strong promotion of the creative documentary takes place these days in the two cities. Or should we call it the cinema d’auteur?
Anyway, no-one would object to put that characterisation on French Nicolas Philibert, who on monday visits Anthology Film Archives in NY to present his film ”Qui Sait? (Who Knows?) that is from 1998. He is there due to the Flaherty NYC series ”The Infinite Child”. Behind it all stands the director of Flaherty, Danish Anita Reher. A description of the rather unknown film by Philibert you will find at the end of this post.
At the same time, with screenings yesterday, today and tomorrow, the Doker Moscow International Documentary Film Festival, that actually took place in May this year, shows and presents the winners of the festival after a crowdfunding campaign to be able to bring over some of the directors. The winner was the Chinese documentary by Ye Zuyi, ”The Gleaners”, best director was Maciej Glowinski with ”Fish’R’Us” and best cinematography went to the film ”The Silence of the Flies” by Eliezer Arias from Venezuela. Behind it all stands Irina Shatilova and colleagues, all filmmakers fighting to get documentaries to the audience. More about the festival and its films, use the link below.
The film of Philibert: WHO KNOWS?, is set in a military hut where, one winter’s night, a group of fifteen students at the Strasbourg National Theatre assemble to fine-tune a show on that city that they developed at the bidding of the director. Over the course of many hours, they talk, argue, sing, teeter on the brink of exhaustion.
Still from Qui Sait? (Who Knows?) Credit: Dunn Méas.