A cinema of prototypes

INTERVIEW: Art director Catherine Bizern at Cinema du Reel talks with MTR.

Truls Lie
Truls Lie
Editor-in-chief, Modern Times Review
Published date: March 10, 2020

– Why or what event made you personally enter into the doc world?
– In 1992, a group of documentary filmmakers created the association ADDOC, in order to raise awareness on their specific practice of cinema. They asked me to become their general delegate in 1993 (I remained in post until 1997). At that point, documentary became part of my daily life. In 2002, we published a book that gave an account of the creation methods of documentary filmmakers such as Claire Simon, Nicolas Philibert, Jean-Louis Comolli, Robert Kramer, Raymond Depardon, Frederick Wiseman, Mariana Otero, among many others, where they voiced their concerns as authors.

– What is the overall concept behind your festival this year?
– In a prospective approach, Cinéma du Réel gives an account of contemporary documentary creation, of its evolutions and experiments, in dialogue with the memory of the genre. To explore the history of the documentary genre, we will invite Pedro Costa and will question the effect of his pivotal film In Vanda’s room. With Mosco Boucault, we will question the experience of documentary versus fiction. On the prospective side, the festival will include screenings of works in progress, previews, panel discussions, and very first documentary gestures in a section called First Window.

– Can you …

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