Jean-Marie Straub and Claire Simon for Andolfi
by Fabien Lemercier
- Arnaud Dommerc’s company to manage Kommunisten and organise the documentary Place aux jeunes that will explore the Fémis (the National French Film School)
Noticed with Under the Starry Sky [+see also:
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film profile]. In the same year, the Venice Film Fesival had awarded him a lifetime achievement award - a Special Lion for Innovation in the Language of Cinema. It’s worth noting that Kommunisten and two of the director’s shorts (A propos de Venise ‘About Venice’ and Dialogue d'ombres) are scheduled for the 67th Locarno Film Festival (from 6 to 16 August 2014).
In September, Andolfi will continue filming the documentary Place aux jeunes from Claire Simon which will be sold internationally by Wide House. Selected three times at Cannes (in the French Cinema section in 1997 with A Foreign Body and at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2006 and 2008 with On Fire [+see also:
film profile] and God’s Offices [+see also:
film profile]) and in competition at Locarno in 2013 with Gare du Nord [+see also:
film profile], this time the director will delve into the daily life of the Parisian cinema school la Fémis. Her goal is to portray it as a prestigious college, a school of Art, a place of learning, where a specific ideal of Republian excellence is practiced and entry into which can be summed up as follows: "everyone’s equal, but only the best get in…". The film will seek to illustrate the ideas shared and transmitted between two generations in one of France’s most prestigious film schools.
(Translated from French)