Ateliers


Ateliers 2018

Robert Greene

Robert Greene, the reinvention of the North-American documentary

Robert Greene is one of the most outstanding and cutting-edge directors to emerge from the United States in the last ten years. His work has redefined the boundaries of the traditional documentary, challenging the notions of reality and fiction. His films have been shown and awarded in festivals all over the world (Berlinale, Sundance, etc). But it is also at Visions du Réel with the astonishing Kati With an I (2010) that Greene’s work began gathering momentum and international recognition. His following work has confirmed and shown an ever-growing quality, thus making Greene one of the most acute chroniclers of America’s complexities. An all-round talent, he is also a professional editor, working notably for Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip, Queen of the Earth, Golden Exits). With an unparalleled cinematic flair and an articulate cinephilia to back up his projects and films, Greene’s œuvre is a consistent body of work that takes on America’s contradictions and mythologies. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Robert Greene is also a professor and an influential critic and writer.

The Atelier that Visions du Réel dedicates to Robert Greene’s work is the first full retrospective ever presented and will provide an opportunity for students, cinephiles and audiences alike to engage with some of the most innovative films produced in the United States in the past decade or so. Robert Greene will hold his Masterclass on Wednesday 18 April 2018, at 10:00.

Filmography
 Bisbee'17 (2017) 130'
 Kate Plays Christine (2016) 112'
 Actress (2014) 86'
 Fake It So Real (2011) 95'
 Goodbye Engineer (2011) 21'
 Kati With an I (2010) 86'
 Owning the Weather (2009) 93'
 Ghost Towns of Arizona (2006) 7'
 Sports (2005) 13'
 One Dead in Ohio (2004) 10'
• Six Videos About Tourism (2003) 13'
• 
Ye Are the Light of the World (Don't Stare Into the Sun) (2002) 10'
• Rehobeth Trilogy Part II (2001) 3'

Philip Scheffner

Philip Scheffner or the exploration of the folds of history

Philip Scheffner is born in 1966 in Homburg, Saarland, and lives in Berlin since 1986, where he works as an artist and filmmaker. A unique voice in contemporary German documentary filmmaking, Scheffner questions, throughout his work, the construction of "truths", whether these are media-based (Day of the Sparrow, Havarie), legal (Revision), historical or anthropological (The Halfmoon Files). Often starting from news items, his work puts his subjects into perspective in order to examine how they are reported to us. His filmmaking is also marked by a profoundly human process in which the protagonists are approached as equals. His feature-length films have been presented in the Forum section of the Berlinale, at the Yamagata Film Festival and at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York among others.

The Visions du Réel Masterclass will be given as a duo, with the German writer and filmmaker Merle Kröger, who, with Philip Scheffner, co-founded the pong production platform in Berlin. The Masterclass Philip Scheffner and Merle Kröger will be held on Thursday 19 April 2018, at 10:00.

Filmography
• And-Ek Ghes... (2016) 94', co-directed with Colorado Velcu
• Havarie (2016) 93'
• Revision (2012) 106'
• Day of the Sparrow (2010) 100'
• The Halfmoon Files (2007) 87'
• a/c (2003) 42'
• Juristic Bodies (1995) 49', co-directed with Jörg Heitmann

In collaboration with ARTE


Ateliers 2017

Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi was born in 1964 in Asmara (then in Ethiopia, now in Eritrea). He moves to New York in 1985, where he later graduates from the New York University Film School. Following a trip to India, he produces and directs his first medium-length film, Boatman (1993), presented at several international festivals. In 2008, the filmmaker wins the Prix Horizons and Doc/it for his first feature film, Below Sea Level at the Venice Film Festival, and the Golden Lion in 2013 for Sacro GRA. The film thus becomes the first feature documentary to be its holder. In 2016, Rosi goes on to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and is nominated both at the Oscars 2017 and the César 2017 for his documentary Fuocoammare.

These prizes are clearly a confirmation of a body of work that has successfully reached the eyes and hearts of the public all over the world. A prestigious guest, loyal to Visions du Réel: he came to Nyon in 2012 to present Sacro GRA, which was still at the project phase. El Sicario, Room 164 and Fuocoammare were screened in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Learn more >

Stéphane Breton

Stéphane Breton was born in 1959 in Paris. He lived several years in the mountains of New Guinea to do is job as an anthropologist. He found there barefoot people, armed with bows, whose language, humor, greed and disputes he has learned. From that he makes his first film, Eux et moi (2001), in which, watched by the ones he's watching, he endorses the role of the "good savage". See and be seen will become the thread of his next films shot in the streets of Paris (Le monde extérieur, 2007), in Kirghizstan (Un été silencieux, 2005), in New Mexico (La maison vide, 2008), or in the Siberian Russia (Quelques jours ensemble, 2012, and Les forêts sombres, 2014).

The French filmmaker Stéphane Breton made waves in visual anthropology in 2001, exploding the pseudo-neutrality of ethnographical observation with his film Eux et moi, shot with the Wodani people in New Guinea. Since this rebellious film, the trained philosopher has continually observed the specific way those in remote parts of the world experience the concept of time. His work is a profound reflection on the art of looking at others and, thus, at oneself. Learn more >


Les Ateliers 2016

Dominic Gagnon: le cinéaste du chaos

Réalisateur, artiste d’installation et de performance, Dominic Gagnon travaille à partir d’images issues principalement du web. Collages faits de vidéos insolites et d’images quotidiennes, il dresse par ce biais d’étranges portraits de société. Son travail l’a amené à s’interroger sur les problématiques contemporaines de la violence, de l’économie en déclin, des sans-abris, de l’identité ou encore du sadomasochisme.

Audrius Stonys : le cinéaste de l’invisible

Le travail d’Audrius Stonys prend la forme d’une quête ouvrant sur un imaginaire fait de fragilité et de poésie. Accidents de pellicule, caméra numérique ou 35mm, son travail interroge le geste même de filmer et la question de la représentation. Grand adepte de courts métrage, son cinéma est une prise de parole poétique et sociale passant par l’image.


Les Ateliers 2015

Vincent Dieutre: le cinéaste français de l’autofiction

Fils spirituel de Chantal Akerman, Marguerite Duras, Eustache et Pasolini – ou encore « frère » d'armes de Naomi Kawase ou de Pierre Huygue –, Vincent Dieutre est un cinéaste français de la parole qui creuse l'apparente banalité du visible. Chacune de ses œuvres est le free replay d'un voyage, vécu comme expérience de décentrement et de fragilité créatrice.

Harutyun Khachatryan, le poète nomade du cinéma arménien

Auteur d’une œuvre incontournable et insensible à la différenciation artificielle entre documentaire et fiction, Harutyun Khachatryan a replacé l’Arménie sur la carte de la cinéphilie contemporaine avec une douzaine de films. Avec ses films, il a réussi à renouveler le dialogue entre Histoire et geste cinématographique en inscrivant la diaspora arménienne dans le cadre de la dissolution de l’Union soviétique.Son regard, d’une richesse rare, imagine une nouvelle possibilité d’existence commune, entre tradition et modernité, nostalgie et futur; c’est ce qui fait l’originalité de son œuvre nomade, échappant à toute catégorisation esthétique.


Les Ateliers 2014

Ross McElwee: le personnage derrière la caméra

Ross McElwee est un paradoxe: si ses histoires sont profondément ancrées dans son Amérique natale, sa façon de raconter est à des lieues du cinéma américain classique. Ross McElwee, dont les films sont sélectionnés dans les plus grands festivals (Berlin, Cannes ou encore Venise), propose une nouvelle façon de penser l’acte de filmer: ne visant pas à l’universalité des films hollywoodiens, il assume la subjectivité de son regard, joue avec elle, à tel point que l’homme derrière la caméra devient un personnage à part entière. Connu avant tout pour ses films autobiographiques, il aime à mêler une dimension intime avec l’Histoire.

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd: le réel sublimé par l’image

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd s’empare du réel, se l’approprie et le transcende. Connu notamment pour Le Cercle des Noyés (2007) et Territoire Perdu (2011), ce réalisateur belge, anthropologue de formation, se plonge corps et âme dans les histoires qu’il raconte, se laissant porter parfois dans des directions insoupçonnées. Sa démarche commence avant tout par une observation intense, voire une immersion totale dans un univers. Il se poursuit par un travail esthétique fort qui sublime son propos et lui donne du sens au-delà de toute attente.


Les Ateliers 2013

Eyal Sivan
Laïla Pakalnina

Les ateliers 2012

Samir
Arnaud Des Pallières
Kevin Jerôme Everson

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