The Sky, the Earth – The Threatening Sky

Joris Ivens & Marceline Loridan-Ivens
France, Vietnam, 113 min

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)

Duration
113 min
Year
1968
Country
France, Vietnam
Section
Cinquante
Languages
Vietnamese, French
Subtitles
French
Production
Capi FilmsArgos Films