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DAFilms presents an online retrospective of Nicolas Philibert


After successful retrospectives of some of the world’s most prominent documentary directors Agnès Varda and Jørgen Leth, DAFilms introduces another big name of world cinematography. Seven original films by the French director Nicolas Philibert are available for free at until June 23.

To Be and To Have

The documentarist Nicolas Philibert considers himself to be “a bit of an anti-Michael Moore” and, unlike one of the most activist filmmakers, he does not want to “think for the audience”. On the contrary, he „offers them something to think about“.

Philibert gained attention especially thanks to his successful film To Be and To Have, in which he portrayed a French single-class school and its specifics. A combination of a sensitive perspective of a specific world of preparations in one single-class school full of children of various ages and an original topic depicting ordinary life attracted large audiences, resulting in a worldwide success.

Other films in the retrospective also include Nénette, an original feature documentary about a female orang-utan with a Mona Lisa smile, and a film, or rather a return to the world of making a film about a triple murder Back to Normandy. You can see the whole retrospective online at DAFilms

And please remember that until July 16th all EDN members still have free access to watch the 700+ DAFilms for free.

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