European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 30 November 2021
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 30 November 2021

Festival’s guests

Aarni Vaarnamo

Aarni Vaarnamo

Aarni Vaarnamo is an experimental filmmaker and media artist from Helsinki, Finland, working with hand developed film footage and mixed media sources. Vaarnamo is interested in social critique of the rationalistic euro-centric liberal society and individualistic culture – investigating the post-human, deep ecological and post-fossil discourses. He is the author of experimental short films Helsinki Babylon All Night Long (2015), Liberté, Égalité, Copy-Pasté (2015), The Great Personal (2016), The Swamp Didn’t Speak (2017), Forbidden Visions (2019). Sibelius Continuum is his debut feature-length film.

Sibelius Continuum / Sibelius-jatkumo

Sibelius Continuum / Sibelius-jatkumo

(Fiction, Finland, 2019, 99’, C, En ST)with Aino Johansson, Aksa Korttila, Timo Torikka

Angelique Kourounis

Angelique Kourounis

Angélique Kourounis is a journalist, working as a Greek correspondent for Radio-France, Ouest-France, Charlie Hebdo, Reporters Sans Frontières, and a documentary filmmaker. She has shot a number of short films on burning political and social issues in Europe. Her first long feature Golden Dawn, a Personal Affair (2016) received Prix Averroès junior at Primed 2016 (Marseille), special jury prize at LAGAFF in Los Angeles and has been selected in festivals at Thessaloniki, Toronto, Barcelona, London, Lyon, Cannes, Avanca, Berlin, Prague, Brussels, Tirana, New York. Aube Dorée, a Public Affair is her second feature long documentary.

Antoine Barraud

Antoine Barraud

Antoine Barraud is a French director and producer. He is the author of several short films Monstre, Déluge, Monstre numéro deux, Son of a Gun, L’Aube des monstres, Abismo presented in French and international festivals. His first feature film Les Gouffres (2012) is presented in Locarno. His second feature film Le Dos rouge (2015) received the Singular Film Award from the Syndicat de la Critique. In 2021, he completed Madeleine Collins with Virginie Efira, Jacqueline Bisset and Nadav Lapid and developed in parallel Monument Valley, co-written and co-directed with Didier D’Abreu. He has directed several documentaries on radical filmmakers such as Kenneth Anger, Kohei Oguri, Shuji Terayama and Koji Wakamatsu, presented at the Cinematheque Française in 2010 and in multiple festivals. With his production company House on Fire, he produced Tsai Ming-Liang, the experimental filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin, João Pedro Rodrigues and Marie Losier.

Danièle Gould

Danièle Gould

(Documentary, France, 2009, 80’, C, OV)

Ariel de Bigault

Ariel de Bigault

Ariel de Bigault is a French writer and documentary filmmaker who moves and works between France, Portugal, Brazil and Africa. After first documentaries shot in Portugal, she creates a series Eclats Noirs du Samba (1987) in which she gathers some great Afro-Brazilian artists such as Gilberto Gil and Grande Othelo. In Afro Lisboa (1996) and Margem Atlântica (2006) she follows African immigrants in Lisbon trying to forge their identity and find their place in the country. Canta Angola (2000) celebrates the popular music tradition of Angola. Ariel de Bigault also actively participates in promotion of lusophone music, in particular that coming from Cape Verde and Angola.

Ghosts of an Empire / Fantasmas do império

Ghosts of an Empire / Fantasmas do império

(Documentary, Portugal/France, 2020, 112’, C, En ST)

Arne Körner

Arne Körner

Arne Körner was born in 1986 in Hamburg. Following his apprenticeship as a baker, he studied film at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and graduated from Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School. Körner‘s short films were shown at more than 100 national and international festivals and won numerous prizes. His first feature-length film The Bicycle (2015) had its world premiere at the Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal and received the Prix du Jury. His second feature film Gasman (2019) premiered at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival and had its nationwide cinema release in 2021.

Gasman / Gasmann

Gasman / Gasmann

(Fiction, Germany, 2019, 87’, C, En ST)with Rafael Stachowiak, Gala Othero Winter and Kristof van Boven

Chloé Aïcha Boro

Chloé Aïcha Boro

Born in 1978, Chloé Aïcha Boro is a Franco-Burkinabé writer and filmmaker. After studying modern literature, she began a career as a journalist in the written press. She worked in particular with Burkinabé magazines and newspapers. Then she gradually became interested in the audiovisual projects, making short films and working as an assistant director. She is the author of the documentaries Farafin ko (2014), France – Au revoir, le nouveau commerce triangulaire (2016). Her film Le Loup d’or de Balolé was awarded the Etalon d’or for best documentary at Fespaco 2019.

The Golden Wolf of Balolé / Le Loup d’Or de Balolé

The Golden Wolf of Balolé / Le Loup d’Or de Balolé

(Documentary, Burkina Faso/France, 2019, 65’, OV)

Elisabeth Kapnist

Elisabeth Kapnist

After a degree in Literature and Journalism at the University of Strasbourg, Elisabeth Kapnist became an editor from 1975 to 1985 and working among others with Jean Rouch. In 1981, together with Jacques d’Arthuys and the Blanchet brothers, she created the Ateliers Varan. She participated in the Varan workshop in Mexico City in 1981, in Nairobi, Kenya with Jean Noël Cristiani in 1982, and in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2006. Since the 1980s, she has directed numerous documentary films and a few short fiction films.

Les frères Morozov, mécènes et collectionneurs

Les frères Morozov, mécènes et collectionneurs

(Documentary, France, 2019, 52’, C, OV)

Emilio Ruiz

Emilio Ruiz

The Spanish director Emilio Ruiz entered movie business in 2006 after a carreer as a BBC correspondent in Latin America during the 1990s. His first feature documentary Lorca. El mar deja de moverse about the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, won prizes in many International festivals, including the award for the Best European Documentary in 2006. He later directed Orson Welles and Goya (2008) and Morente, flamenco y Picasso (2011), a musical about the flamenco singer and composer Enrique Morente, which made it to the finals of the Goya Awards. He also directed features El Discípulo (2009), a controversial feature film about the life of Jesus Christ, La Venta del Paraíso (2012), which won the Luis Buñuel Prize and two more recent adaptations of eponymous Lorca’s theatre works: Yerma (2016) and Bernarda (2017).

Tristesse

Tristesse

(Fiction, Espagne, 2020, 103’, C, En ST)with Enrique Simón, Miguelo García, Rebecca Arrosse

Gaël Lépingle

Gaël Lépingle

Gaël Lépingle has been directing films on the border between documentary and fiction for the past fifteen years. His works have been selected in international festivals such as Cinéma du Réel, Rotterdam, La Viennale or Jeonju IFF (Korea). His films Julien (2010) and Seuls les pirates (2018) each received the Grand Prix of the French competition at the FID, the international festival of Marseille. He has long worked for the rediscovery of filmmaker Guy Gilles (notably through two documentaries, Guy Gilles et le temps désaccordé, Guy Gilles photographe). L’été nucléaire (2020) was presented at the Champs-Elysées film festival, before its theatrical release in 2021.

Seuls les pirates

Seuls les pirates

(Fiction, France, 2021, 90’, C, OV)with Ludovic Douare, Delphine Chuillot, Renan Prevot, Georges Gay

Hakob Melkonyan

Hakob Melkonyan

Born in 1984 in the village of Getazat in Armenia, Hakob Melkonyan is a director of Armenian nationality. After studying film and television directing in Armenia and Germany, his first short film The Tree, made in 2015, tells the story of his grandmother, the only survivor of the Armenian genocide in his family. Blockade is her first feature film.

Blockade / Blocus

Blockade / Blocus

(Documentary, Armenia/France, 2020, 85’, C, Fr ST)

Henrique Pina

Henrique Pina

Henrique Pina (b. 1987) studied Film and Directing at Roehampton University, London. After graduation, he returned to his hometown and worked for two years for Krypton Productions, a film production company based in Lisbon. His first short film, Tejo (2011) was selected for the New York International Film Festival. The same year he was one of four young Portuguese filmmakers invited to make a film to be screened at the Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival, resulting in the short documentary Transeunte. In 2013, he directed his second short fiction film The World Falls Apart (and still people fall in love), which won the award for best national fiction at the International Short Film Festival in Porto. In 2016, he founded his production company, Moonway Films. Aires Mateus: Matter in Reverse (2017) is his first feature-length documentary, which has been screened in numerous festivals.

Body-Buildings

Body-Buildings

(Documentary, Portugal, 2020, 50’, C, no dialogues)

Isabelle Ingold and Vivianne Perelmuter

Isabelle Ingold and Vivianne Perelmuter

Isabelle Ingold is a freelance editor and director. She graduated from La Femis in the editing department. Since then, she has worked with directors as different as Amos Gitai, Vincent Dieutre, Vivianne Perelmuter, Toshi Fujiwara, Barmak Akram, Bojena Horackova, Itvan Kebadian, Renaud Cohen, Jean-Charles Massera… The features and docs she edited were selected in festivals such as: Venice, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, Locarno, Lussas, Cinéma du Réel, Nyon. She has also directed documentary films documentaires Au nom du Maire (2005), Une petite maison dans la cité (2009), Des jours et des nuits sur l’aire (2016).

Vivianne Perelmuter was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). After studying philosophy and political sciences, Vivianne entered the French film school La Fémis (Paris). Her films, mixing documentary, feature and cinema essay styles, have been widely presented in film festivals worldwide and were awarded on several occasions. The main themes of her artistic approach are the functioning of memory and defamiliarization. Her first solo feature, Le Vertige des possible / Uncertain Time (2012) received high critical acclaim and was on the Magritte nomination list for the First Feature Award in Belgium. Together with Isabelle Ingold she has directed Nord pour mémoire, avant de la perdre (1997), Ligne de fuite (1998), Une place sur terre (2001).

Elswhere Everywhere / Ailleurs partout

Elswhere Everywhere / Ailleurs partout

(Documentary, Belgium, 2020, 62’, C, En ST)

Jonathan Le Fourn and Andreï Schtakleff

Jonathan Le Fourn and Andreï Schtakleff

After studying cinema at Paris 8 and a passage at the EHESS in Arts and Language, Jonathan Le Fourn co-directs two feature-length documentaries: the first shot in Calais (L’Exil et le Royaume, 2008), the second in Brazil in the state of Parà (Sauvagerie, 2017), both selected in numerous festivals (Mostra de Venise, FID Marseille, Entrevues de Belfort, Jihlava IDFF, Cinéma du réel Paris, Etat généraux de Lussas, Les Ecrans documentaires, etc.). He is currently developing several films and runs film workshops in schools in the context of film education. He lives and works in Marseille since 2013.

Andrei Schtakleff was born in Paris in 1979. He lives in Los Angeles. His first film, L’Exil et le Royaume, was presented at La Mostra de Venise in 2008. The Magic Mountain, his second film, won two awards at FID Marseille in 2015. His next film The Detroiters will be released soon.

L’Exil et le royaume

L’Exil et le royaume

(Documentary, France, 2008, 127’, C, OV)

Julien Sallé

Julien Sallé

Trained in cinema in Paris and Prague (at FAMU), Julien Sallé explores the moving image in all its artistic dimensions: fiction, documentary and video installation. His films have been presented in numerous festivals in France and abroad (Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, FIFA Montreal, Côté Court Pantin, Busan International Film Festival, Bratislava International Film Festival, Greenwich Film Festival, Temps d’image Lisboa, Escales documentaire de La Rochelle…). In 2010, he was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros for his documentary Or, les murs.

Or, les murs

Or, les murs

(Documentary, France, 2009, 58’, C, OV)with Thierry Machuel, Régis S., Dominique A., Franck P., Eric, Ilich R.S. and with participation of Brigitte Sy

Krzysztof Zanussi

Krzysztof Zanussi

Krzysztof Zanussi, born in 1939, is a Polish director, screenwriter and producer. He studied physics at the University of Warsaw and philosophy at the University of Krakow. He graduated from the National Film School in Łódź in 1967 with a degree in film directing. He directed The Illumination (1973), The Constant (1980), The Imperative (1982), The Year of the Quiet Sun (1984), Life Is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000), The Heart on Your Hand (2009). Winner of international festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Berlin and Tokyo, he is also a theater director, director of the production company Studio TOR and professor of cinema at the University of Silesia and at EGS (European Graduate School).

Éther

Éther

(Fiction, Poland/Ukraine/Hungary/Lithuania, 2018, C, Fr ST)with Janek Poniedzialek, Andrzej Chyra, Ostap Vakuliuk et Stanislav Kolokolnikov

Manuele Deho

Manuele Deho

Manuele Deho studied Slavic Philology and Art History in Munich and St. Petersburg. After obtaining his Master’s Degree in 2000 he started working as director and editor for German and international TV Channels specializing in social documentaries: Why Did You Leave? Living withSsuicide (2006), a documentary series Behind Bars in Austria (2012), What Really Happened at Lake Starnberg? (2016). He has a daughter and lives in Munich. Football-mad is his first feature length documentary.

Football-mad / Fussballverrückt

Football-mad / Fussballverrückt

(Documentary, Germany, 2019, 91’, C, En ST)

Mika Mattila

Mika Mattila

Mika Mattila is a Finnish filmmaker specialising in the creative documentary films that explore the boundaries of the genre as an art form. He is the founder of the Helsinki based production company Ideasthetic llc and divides his time between the roles of a producer, director and cinematographer, with his cinematography consistently screening at major international film festivals around the world. Between 2005 and 2012 he lived permanently in Beijing, China, and he continues to work in East Asia on a regular basis. Mattila’s directorial debut, Chimeras (2013) examines the identity crisis in Chinese modern society through the lives of two contemporary artists. This thought-provoking film has toured the festival circuit across the globe, gaining few prizes and a high critical acclaim. Carnival Pilgrims (2020) is his second feature-length documentary.

Carnival Pilgrims

Carnival Pilgrims

(Documentary, Finland, 2020, 87’, C, En ST)

NC Heikin

NC Heikin

NC Heikin is an American writer, director and producer. Her first documentary, Kimjongilia (2009), about North Korean refugees and dissidents, premiered at Sundance and won the One World Human Rights Award. International best-selling author Michael Connelly produces her critically acclaimed film Sound of Redemption, The Frank Morgan Story (2014), which premieres at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. It was during the filming of Sound of Redemption that Heikin met Reggie Austin. Life & Life wins the 2019 NYSCA grant. In the fall of 2018, NC completed the documentary Books and Music and a music video, about the collaboration of acclaimed author Lee Child with the roots band Naked Blue. Her screenplay Niki and Joan, about the 1959 meeting of artists Niki de Saint Phalle and Joan Mitchell, is invited to the European screenwriting lab, eQuinox.

Life & Life : A Story of Redemption

Life & Life : A Story of Redemption

(Documentary, United States, 2020, 79’, C, OV)

Nino Tropiano

Nino Tropiano

Born in Monopoli (Bari), Nino Tropiano moved to Dublin in the mid-90s. He trained as an actor and worked as a freelance photographer. He graduated from the National Film School in Dublin with a 50-minute film entitled My Daughter Does Madonna (world premiere at the Krakow Film Festival). Tropiano went on to direct and produce Mary’s Last Show, Class Reunion and the short film The Fall, winner of the Urlo Award at the Unimovie Festival in Pescara. His documentary Chippers (2008) was awarded Best Documentary Memorie Migranti at Gualdo Tadino, 2010. Samira’s Dream (2020) was selected in many festivals around the world. He is currently working on Wild Manjazz, a feature-length music documentary, and collaborating with Elena Leoni on the adaptation of her novel Portami a casa into a screenplay.

Samira’s Dream / Ndoto ya Samira

Samira’s Dream / Ndoto ya Samira

(Documentary, Ireland/Italy/Switzerland, 2020, 88', C, Fr ST)

Olivier Hespel

Olivier Hespel

Olivier Hespel was born in Paris, France, and trained at the INSAS films school in Brussels, Belgium. He now shares his time between film making, sound recording on fiction and documentary features and cinema teaching. He has been working with – among others – Abbas Kiarostami, Costa-Gavras, Claire Simon, Nicolas Philibert, Marianna Otero, Mehdi Charef, Pierre Schœller, Rachid Bouchareb, Benoît Mariage. His work in sound department has been awarded a French Cesar and a Belgian Magritte. His previous films as a director are the documentaries Variations sur une base obstinée (2006) and Mon nom (2011).

Salt / Sel

Salt / Sel

(Documentary, France/Belgium, 2018, 98’, C, En ST)

Rafael Lewandowski

Rafael Lewandowski

A graduate of the directing department of La Fémis, he has directed numerous documentaries and short films that have been distributed internationally. In 2011, his first feature film, La Dette, won numerous festival awards (Best Supporting Actor at the Polish Film Festival, Hollywood Eagle Award at the Los Angeles FF, Best Actor Award at the Montreal World, nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Chicago PFFA and at the Camerimage festival). He is currently finishing the post-production for Arte and INA of a 6 x 52 min documentary series on the survivors of the Algerian war. Herbert. A Barbarian in the Garden, was selected at the Millenium Docs Against Gravity in Warsaw, the PFFA in Chicago and the Mescalito FF in Rome.

Herbert. A Barbarian in the Garden / Herbert. Barbarzynca w ogrodzie

Herbert. A Barbarian in the Garden / Herbert. Barbarzynca w ogrodzie

(Documentary, Poland/France, 2021, 90’, C, Fr ST)with Katarzyna Herbert, Philippe Jaccottet, Al Alvarez

Réka Szabó

Réka Szabó

Réka Szabó (Budapest, 1969) graduated in mathematics and informatics, but then she fell in love with contemporary dance. Now she is the artistic director of The Symptoms, one of the most significant contemporary dance-theatre companies in Hungary. The company recognizes no generic boundaries. They treat everyday problems that preoccupy all of us, addressing these themes in a deeply personal tone. All of this is wrapped in a vision that is grotesque, self-ironic and poetic at the same time. After directing two experimental short films, The Euphoria of Being is her first feature-length documentary.

The Euphoria of Being / A Létezés Eufóriája

The Euphoria of Being / A Létezés Eufóriája

(Documentary, Hungary, 2019, 83’, C, En ST)

Sebastian Brauneis

Sebastian Brauneis

Sebastian Brauneis was born in 1978 in Vienna, Austria. Son of a war correspondent, he spent his early childhood partly in former Warsaw Pact countries and in the Middle East. While pursuing (but not finishing) his studies in medicine and journalism, he took up work in film and television rotating in various departments. He has written and directed 66 episodes of the TV program Broadcast Without Name, as well as Welcome Austria, Bösterreich, Democracy, the Show and Elevate. He also teaches Camera Acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His movie debut Zauberer premiered in 2018 at the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken. The year 2019 saw his first experimental theatre production Inside Lieutenant Gustl, based on the monologue by Arthur Schnitzler, in which he transposed theatre experience into virtual reality. The melancholic comedy 3friends2foes is his second feature film.

3friends2foes / 3freunde2feinde

3friends2foes / 3freunde2feinde

(Fiction, Austria, 2020, 107’, C, VO En ST)with Marlene Hauser, Noah L. Perktold, Christoph Kohlbacher

Tomas Vengris

Tomas Vengris

Tomas Vengris grew up the son of Lithuanian immigrants in Washington, DC. He received his BA from Columbia University. After working as a corporate consultant for a year, he decided to drop everything and pursue his lifelong passion of filmmaking. He began working as a film editor, including collaborations with several internationally acclaimed writer/directors such as Terrence Malick, Kelly Reichardt, and Lena Dunham. Soon after he completed his M.F.A in Directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, CA. His AFI Thesis film, the short Kalifornija was a national finalist in the Student Academy Awards, distinguished as one of the best narrative student films in the United States. His following short Squirrel premiered in the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. Motherland is Tomas’ feature directorial debut. It was shot and edited in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Motherland / Gimtine

Motherland / Gimtine

(Feature, Lithuania/Latvia /Germany /Greece, 2019, 96’, C, En ST)with Matas Metlevski, Severija Janušauskaitė, Darius Gumauskas, Barbora Bareikytė

Tomaso Aramini and Rafiqfuad Yarahmadi

Tomaso Aramini and Rafiqfuad Yarahmadi

Tomaso Aramini is a film producer, writer and director of Italian origin. He holds a Ph.D. in film, music and performing arts from Leeds Beckett University on film language and painters’ ideologies and practices. As part of his Ph.D. he made Impressions (2016) selected at Tirana International Film Festival. His short films have been selected in prestigious independent film festivals such as San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, Suburbinale, Dea Open Air International Film Festival. His debut documentary feature The Lost Shoes has been screened at Urbino’s Signs De Nuit Film Festival, Harrogate Film Festival, Lonely Wolf International Film Festival receiving international accolades.

The director Rafiqfuad Yarahmadi holds an MA in documentary filmmaking from Leeds Beckett University. He has over 12 years of experience as a journalist, photographer and filmmaker. His short documentaries have won many awards worldwide the most successful of which is Evan – A Story of Survivor (2018) a biographical piece accounting the story of a political refugee in UK. His work is focused on Kurdish national question and liberation struggle as well as marginalized refugees.

The Lost Shoes / Le Scarpe Dimenticate

The Lost Shoes / Le Scarpe Dimenticate

(Documentary, Italy/United Kingdom, 2020, 104’, C, Fr ST)