Angela Schanelec

2020 program

Angela Schanelec’s last film to date, Ich war zuhause, aber, premiered at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, and won the prestigious Silver Bear. But those who have had the privilege of watching the film do not need an award to know that they have been lucky enough to discover a rare, extremely singular and powerful piece of work, which takes the time to weave ever so intricately the issues of loss, love, childhood, transmission, education, animality, daily life, bicycles (!), together with those of creation, cinema and theatre, the nature of speech, silence. In short: a compendium of a film, but progressing with the gravity and lightness of a Bowie song. A masterpiece – let’s not be shy about it – the kind that are few and far between.

This film made us want to share with the audience of the FID part of the film director’s work, which is still too little-known in France. But there were other reasons as well. The original retrospective was organised by Eva Sangiorgi last autumn at the Viennale, the festival that she heads, and seeing the films assembled in such a way made us realise how interesting and stimulating it would be to revisit the work from a different perspective – so it was a critical interest. Following on from this critical endeavour, Marseille-based distributor Schellac appropriately decided to release a DVD box set of some of the films. Besides, Angela Schanelec has visited the FID several times over the years, as a member of the jury first, and then as a spectator, with her students from the Hamburg film school. Not forgetting that in her filmography there is a film shot in Marseille, simply called… Marseille.

The festival will pay tribute to Angela Schanelec in her presence, she will attend the screenings of her films, and take part in a masterclass filmed by the teams of Arte network.

We look forward to making you discover or rediscover a major filmmaker of our time, and we are delighted to welcome Angela Schanelec.

Jean-Pierre Rehm,
General Delegate, FIDMarseille

Angela Schanelec studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, and at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. She started as a stage actress, before she became a film director. Her work is based on fragments and ellipses, bright colour patches and crepuscular lights. Her films treat places, whether towns or airports, as characters in their own right. She scrutinises discombobulated individuals, focusing on their moments of silence – which she rarely clarifies – and on what they do to avoid being alone. Either when they move about in a choreographed fashion, like on a theatre stage, or when they collide clumsily, bodies gravitate around no centre in particular, there is no obvious causality in their behaviour. In these films, life is considered only through the misunderstandings, coincidences and contradictions it is made of.

Marie Hermann,
Éditions Hors d’atteinte

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

 

 

Marie Hermann has been living in Marseille since 2014, and she works there as a publisher, a translator and an interpreter. After working at Wartberg, Diaphanes and Agone publishing houses, she cofounded Hors d’atteinte (literature and essays) in 2018. Among other books, she has published the work of Medhi Charef, Tassadit Imache, Jacques Bouveresse, and an updated version of the American classic Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Synopsis

In the summertime, in a house by a lake near Berlin, a gathering between playwriter Konstantin, his uncle Alex with whom he lives, Irene, an actress who is Alex’s sister and Konstantin’s mother,...

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Festival 2020
24.07.2020 - 16:00
La Baleine
26.07.2020 - 19:00
La Baleine
Synopsis

Schöne gelbe Farbe, a reference to Godard’s Le Mépris, superimposes the story of a flatmate who has become unbearable, read in voice-over, onto images of the empty apartment, then a door that...

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Grand Prix of Honour 2020
23.07.2020 - 20:30
Vidéodrome 2
26.07.2020 - 10:00
Vidéodrome 2
Synopsis

Schöne gelbe Farbe, a reference to Godard’s Le Mépris, superimposes the story of a flatmate who has become unbearable, read in voice-over, onto images of the empty apartment, then a door that...

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Grand Prix of Honour 2020
23.07.2020 - 20:30
Vidéodrome 2
26.07.2020 - 10:00
Vidéodrome 2
Synopsis

Phillip, Astrid’s teenage son and Flo’s brother, comes back home with a badly hurt toe after he run away and spent a week in a forest. Astrid is desperately trying to give a defective bicycle...

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Grand Prix of Honour 2020
23.07.2020 - 14:00
Théâtre du Gymnase
25.07.2020 - 14:30
La Baleine
Synopsis

Schöne gelbe Farbe, a reference to Godard’s Le Mépris, superimposes the story of a flatmate who has become unbearable, read in voice-over, onto images of the empty apartment, then a door that...

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Grand Prix of Honour 2020
23.07.2020 - 20:30
Vidéodrome 2
26.07.2020 - 10:00
Vidéodrome 2
Synopsis

Sophie, a photographer from Berlin, is visiting Marseille; she’s walking down the streets. She looks at things, we can’t see which ones. Schanelec, instead, chooses to film cars driving by,...

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Festival 2020
26.07.2020 - 20:30
Variétés 1
26.07.2020 - 22:00
Théâtre du Gymnase
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« I’m happy. It’s that simple », says Isabel. All around her, everything seems to be very complicated, though: Christian loves her, but he lives with his half-sister Ariane. No-one knows...

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Festival 2020
24.07.2020 - 13:30
La Baleine
26.07.2020 - 14:00
La Baleine
Synopsis

Mimmi is at the age where one listens politely to teachers speaking from a podium at high school and is surprised to find that one can successfully seduce men. Her adolescence is interlaced with...

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2020
23.07.2020 - 17:30
Variétés 1
25.07.2020 - 12:00
La Baleine
Synopsis

Schöne gelbe Farbe, a reference to Godard’s Le Mépris, superimposes the story of a flatmate who has become unbearable, read in voice-over, onto images of the empty apartment, then a door that...

En savoir +
Grand Prix of Honour 2020
23.07.2020 - 20:30
Vidéodrome 2
26.07.2020 - 10:00
Vidéodrome 2