The Cinema Section
The programming around films is an extension of the Festival’s offerings on the art history and heritage around the guest country and the annual theme. The programming is conceived as a journey through cinematic history, from silent films to the most avant-garde, as well as its genres and forms, whether documentary, drama, animation, or experimental. At the same time, the program is attentive to cinema’s ways of welcoming and integrating other forms of art within. At the core of these two journeys are the dialogues and resonances among the films, regardless whether the length is short or feature-length. Each spectator is welcome to create their own connections among the films, forging new paths through the stories, speeches, forms, gestures, and characters, and finding echoes of themes approached by other Festival events. Designed for all audiences, the screenings of the cinema section bring together well-known and unknown filmmakers alike, great classics as well as works never before seen in France. The cinema program features some forty events : in the halls of the Ermitage Cinema in Fontainebleau, across the street from the chateau, screenings will be introduced by critics and specialists or followed by meetings with filmmakers, artists, actors, and scholars. In the various other sites of the festival, roundtables, lecture-projections, and performances will invite discussion on various other subjects.
Filmmakers and artists including Annik Leroy, Christiane Geoffroy, Sophie Bruneau, Marie-Françoise Plissart, Thierry De Mey, Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes will be onsite at the Festival to meet the public following screenings.