This year, two directors are the guests of the Ateliers: Stéphane Breton, anthropologist and French filmmaker, and the Italian Gianfranco Rosi, winner of many prestigious prizes. The festival-goers will have the unique opportunity to meet them and discover their universe and way of working during two Masterclass.
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.
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.