Le 17ème parallèle (France, Vietnam)

Le 17ème parallèle

The Sky, the Earth – The Threatening Sky
Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan-Ivens
1968, France, Vietnam, 113′

An essential and legendary film on the Vietnam War, The Sky, the Earth - The Threatening Sky is shot in the village of Vinh-Linh, near the artificial dividing line between the north and the south of Vietnam, in the “demilitarised” zone. Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens lived there for two months, connecting with farmers taking refuge in caves and shelters trying to pursue a normal existence. It is this duration of time that enables them to create an intimacy with the villagers and translate, with great accuracy and precision, the hell of a daily life subjected to hunger and the relentless bombing by American B-52s. By documenting the different aspects of the Vietnamese military and economic resistance and the organisation of life in a war zone, the two filmmakers produce a great classic of militant filmmaking. This screening also allows Visions du Réel to pay homage to Marceline Loridan-Ivens, who passed away last September.

Emilie Bujès (Film from Visions du Réel 1969)

  • Thursday 11 April
  • 20:45
Language(s):  Vietnamese, French
Subtitles:  French
VdR edition:  2019


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