French films at Worldfilm festival in Tartu

Tartu Uus Teater / Elektriteater

March 27, 2016 / April 2, 2016


From 27 March to 2 April, Tartu will be home of the world’s best antropological documentaries. The Worldfilm Festival will bring you around 60 documentaries that will take you on a journey around the world to see people with their different cultures and societies.

This year’s festival also has a selection of documentaries in French, including “Change of Scenery” with the presence of the film director herself, Gaëlle Boucand. Here are the five films:

Elephant’s Dream

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 74 min
  • Director: Kristof Bilsen
  • Original Language: French, Lingala
  • Country of production: United Kingdom, Belgium
  • Shooting location: DR Congo
  • Distributor: CAT&Docs

Henriette works at the central post office. Her days are filled with waiting for customers that never show up. Some letters waiting to be collected have been covered with years of dust and cobwebs. A stoic fire lieutenant identifies a frightening similarity between the current dictatorship and his Belgian colonial predecessors: both are blind to the interests of the people. Just look at his firehouse in decay as a proof. Railway official Simon sees his job as an opportunity to rest, spending his days singing nostalgic songs.

“Elephant’s Dream” tells the story of three public sector workers who live in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, DR Congo, where the weight of history has not stopped them from pursuing hopes and dreams. Through their eyes we have a poetic and thoughtful insight into a country in transition. Colonialism might be over, but the future has yet to arrive.

Director info

Kristof Bilsen (director/DOP/producer) completed a filmmaking BA in Brussels (2002). He also works as cinematographer, editor and director for the performing arts. His first film “Three Women” (about female detainees in a Belgian prison) was shortlisted for the Henri Storck Prize. He also made the short documentary “Fez-return-ticket”, about a mixed marriage in Morocco before beginning his Masters at the National Film and Television School. He enrolled for the Werner Herzog Film Course in Los Angeles and also attended the Berlinale Talent Campus at 2012. His work has been screened at more than 50 festivals worldwide (IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs, Margaret Mead, Thessaloniki, a.o.).

Projected on the 29 March at 12.00 in the main program of the festival.

Stony Paths

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Director: Arnaud Khayadjanian
  • Original Language: French, Turkish
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Turkey
  • Distributor: Arnaud Khayadjanian

“Stony Paths”  is the story of a trip across Eastern Anatolia, a part of Turkey that Arnaud Khayadjanian has never been to, although his forefathers used to live there. He is not returning home, even though he is somehow returning into the past.

The trek starts in Turkey, on the land of Arnaud’s forefathers who survived the Armenian Genocide. He goes on  to explore the little known issue of the Righteous, all the anonymous people who saved lives in 1915.  Following his great-grandfather’s steps, Arnaud tries to detect the layers of time in the stony landscapes of Kemah Valley.

Director info

Arnaud Khayadjanian has graduated the Sorbonne University of Paris. He has directed “Lost Horizons” in 2012, a short film screened and awarded in twenty international film festivals. In 2014, he adapted a French play into a short film entitled “Bad Girl” which has been viewed more than one million times by streaming. “Bad Girl” has been selected in 11 international festivals and it won both Vimeo Prize and Jury Prize in Sundance Channel Contest. In 2015, Arnaud Khayadjanian released “Stony Paths”, a full-length documentary inspired by the story of his Armenian great-grandparents.

Projected on 30 March at 14.00 as part of the main program of the festival.

Change of Scenery

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 51 min
  • Director: Gaëlle Boucand
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Switzerland
  • Distributor: Olga Rozenblum
A 87-year-old man oversees the internal renovation of his luxurious property. Satisfied by his new house, he urges various people to come to visit it.

Director info

After graduating from Paris Beaux-Arts, Gaëlle Boucand moved to Berlin where she developed multimedia work and took part in different collaborations involved with city life. In 2007, she was resident of the Pavillon, research lab of the Palais de Tokyo. Since 2010, her production has focused on movies that lie in-between contemporary art and cinema. In 2014, she teached film and video in ISDAT, Toulouse Beaux-Arts. Her films have been shown and awarded in festivals like FID Marseille or Pantin as well as in art institutions such as Paris Museum of Modern Art or Centre Georges Pompidou.

Projected on 1 April at 15.30 as part of the main program of the festival.

NB! With the presence of the film director Gaëlle Boucand.

Where the hills are greener

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director: Oliver Dickinson
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Aveyron, France
  • Distributor: LVP
Caplongue is a small village of 80 inhabitants in the South of France where the Loco-Motivés association was created in 2012. Its purpose is to produce and consume local food, respectful of nature and animals, in the friendliest way possible. In this film, we follow Isabelle, Jean-Marc, Vincent and the others over the course of a year as they pursue their ideal.

Director info

Born in London in 1980, Oliver Dickinson is an Anglo-French documentary maker. Director of films with a social and environmental message: “The Forgotten District”, “Caring for the Lagoon” and “Harvesters of the Bay”. Many international festival selections and awards already distinguish his young career. “Where the hills are greener” is his first feature documentary.

Projected on 2 April at 13.30 as part of the main program of the festival.

Family Goldmine

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director: Robbie Fraser
  • Original Language: English, French
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Mali
  • Distributor: Pure Magic Films
Frenchman Claude Nicolay (62) has no experience whatsoever in the mining business. Yet he has chosen to bring his Scottish wife Moira (60) and their two sons Craig (22) and Pierre (19) to Mali in West Africa on one last family adventure: to start an eco­friendly goldmine.
Starting in primitive conditions in a remote mining camp, Claude has acquired a concession of 100 square kilometres with a tiny initial investment of $1m. Learning on the job, he seeks to identify and locate a seam of gold which he is convinced must lie on the land.
Claude’s mission is to create an eco­friendly enterprise where gold is produced without the use of mercury or cyanide, the land is well cared for, and there is a fair deal with the local (technically illegal) mining community. But reality soon intrudes: mistakes, malaria and mishaps lead to delay and soon the money is on the verge of running out as Claude struggles to protect his mine from a mini gold rush and his family from the onset of war.

Director info

Robbie Frazer was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Columbia University Film School in New York, then earned his stripes as a director on many BBC productions in Scotland, including arts documentaries, drama and sketch comedy. Described by BBC’s Paul Arendt as ‘a man to watch’, Fraser’s work in both fiction and factual films is characterised by warmth and off-beat humour, and a humane, gentle approach to its subjects.

Projected on 2 April at 17.00 as part of the main program of the festival.

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