Cinéma du Réel 2016: THE DREAMED ONES in competition

Ruth Beckermann’s The Dreamed Ones recently awarded Best Austrian fiction film is part of the international competition at Cinéma du Réel; the Paris based festival also dedicates a focus to Nikolaus Geyrhalter including his new film Homo Sapiens along with French premeire of Over the Years and to former CDR-entries and award-winners The Year after Dayton and Pripyat.

International Competition

 French premiere
At center stage are the two poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Their dramatic postal exchange creates the textual basis of the film. Two young actors meet in a recording studio to read the letters. The tumultuous emotions of proximity and distance, fascination and fear captivate them. However they also enjoy each other’s company, arguing, smoking, discussing their tattoos and favourite music. Yesterday's love, today's love and tomorrow's: where the lines are blurred lies the heart of the film.
with:  Anja Plaschg, Laurence Rupp

Focus on Nikolaus Geyrhalter


French premiere
Homo Sapiens is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain of our lives after we’re gone? Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. It intends to sharpen our eyes for the here and now, and our consciousness of the present.

French premiere
PRIPYAT (1999)
Cinéma du réel 1999 (International competition)
Prix de la Scam
Cinéma du réel 1998 (International competition)
Prix Joris Ivens