During the Festival, the Ateliers offer retrospectives and Masterclasses with talented directors.
The special guests of the Ateliers 2018 are Robert Greene (USA) et Philip Scheffner (Germany).
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.
• 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 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.
• 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