FOCUS ON : ALICE DIOP

October

11-12, 2018

FOCUS ON : ALICE DIOP

“ I sometimes fancy correcting each word of presenters speaking lightly, without having any idea of the difficulty and of what they are evoking (…). Because these words are doing things, they create fantasies, fears, phobias, or just wrong representations. » Pierre Bourdieu, About television.
The filmmaker Alice Diop, who comes from human sciences, records documentaries after documentaries, a precious speech, because it is too much rare, throttling popular misconceptions.
Her cinema is the one of the « invisibles », of those who are stigmatized in dominant medias, and whose faces and stories are under represented in french cinema, whose identities and individualities are crushed behind « portmanteaus ». They are « migrants », « young people from suburbs » people politicians often talk about but to which floor is seldom given.
Films from Alice Diop are closely linked to a region, Seine-Saint-Denis where she grew up, and they put back humanity at the core of debates. In spaces often limited, from the faded bar of a building (La Tour du monde), a cramped medical office (La Permanence) to the corridors of employment centres (Clichy pour l’exemple), the filmmaker records stories and life courses, captures faces and looks, records the indescribable, everyday racism (La mort de Danton), state violence and manliness stereotypes (Towards tenderness, César for the best 2017 short film). From her films emerge a dull anger and a heartbreaking humanity, mingling an impactful sociological vision with a very subtle moulding. French cinema is undoubtedly very lucky to have such a fascinating filmmaker.

 

Mélissa Blanco

Film programming
2018

La mort de Danton

Alice Diop

FRA / 2010 / 64 MIN

La mort de Danton follows Steve, a 25-years-old man from the cité des 3000 of Aulnay-sous-bois, when he starts an acting apprenticeship at the Cours Simon, a theatre school among the most prestigious ones in France. Each day, he takes the RER and joins the golden lives of well-born Parisian children.

October 12, 2:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia 

❢ With Alice Diop

Towards tenderness

Alice Diop

FRA / 2016 / 39 MIN

Towards Tenderness gives a voice to young people from Seine-Saint-Denis who are not usually heard when they evoke lovey.

October 12, 2:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia 

❢ With Alice Diop

On Call

Alice Diop

FRA / 2016 / 97 MIN

The consultation place is inside the Avicenne hospital. It is an island at the back of the corridor. It is a worn out room where sick and physically marked men are gathered together, and whose pain transcribes grieves of exile. If they still come back there, it is because they do not lose hope to find here a way to stand up, to withstand the sinking. « Choosing to remain in their closed office, Alice Diop highlights the doctors’ listening qualities and their lucidity concerning the limits of theirs actions. But she just makes resound the outside, the wide off-camera of poverty and violence which also forms our society. » Charlotte Ganson

October 11, 8:30 PM – Cinéma Utopia 

❢ With Alice Diop

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