Florence November 28th – December 5th 2014

International documentary film festival


The Trades of Cinema: Homage to Dominique Auvray

Trades are the soul of cinema. This year, Festival dei Popoli wants to highlight one of the most essential trades in the making of a film: Editing. Therefore, the Festival will pay a tribute to an internationally acclaimed ‘craftswoman’ of cinema, Dominique Auvray, who has edited the films of such film directors as Benoît Jacquot, Philippe Garrel, Marguerite Duras, Barbet Schroeder, Claire Denis, Wim Wenders, Vincent Dieutre, Nobuhiro Suwa, Pedro Costa, and many others. Among the films edited by Auvray, we will screen Orlando ferito / Roland Wounded by Vincent Dieutre, Le Camion by Marguerite Duras, whose birth centenary is celebrated this year, as well as Duras et le cinéma, that Auvray also directed.

The section is realized in collaboration with Embassy of France, Institut Français Italia, and Institut Français Firenze.

On the occasion of the homage, Dominique Auvray will hold a workshop entitled “Making films: thought at work. From project development to editing.”

Sunday, November 30th Dominique Auvray and Vincent Dieutre will meet the public at 4:00 pm at. Institut Français Firenze (Piazza Ognissanti, 2r). The meeting is free entrance and moderated by the film critic Bruno Roberti.

The films by Dominique Auvray which will be presented at the 55th Festival dei Popoli.

Directed by: Dominique Auvray
“Film interrupts text. It strikes to death its child, imagery. In here lies its virtue: to close. To interrupt imagination. This interruption, this closure, is what we call ‘film’. Cinema knows: it has never been able to replace text. Nevertheless, it tries to. Text only is the indefinite bearer of images – cinema knows that”. [M. Duras] Combining archival pictures, readings, quotations, memories, and film excerpts, Dominique Auvray guides us through a journey for the discovery of Marguerite Duras’s cinema. We will see the work of Dominique’s beloved Marguerite “through her eyes and her films.”

Directed by: Marguerite Duras - Editing: Dominique Auvray
In 1977, Le Camion represented France at the Cannes Film Festival and challenged the boundaries of film. “I describe what the film could have been if it had been filmed”, said Duras. Ingredients were a novelist, Marguerite Duras, an actor, Gérard Depardieu, a desk, and a film script. The plot was about a middle-aged woman who carries a suitcase and hitchhikes. A truck driver gives her a lift. She begins to talk.

Directed by: Vincent Dieutre - Editing: Dominique Auvray

In 1975, Pasolini bitterly proclaimed the extinction of fireflies, symbolizing the pure and uncorrupt people, due to the birth of a new fascism originating the cultural and political death of the western world. After almost forty years, Dieutre lands in a Sicily marked by mafia, marginalities, homosexuality seen as a shame and the stories of migrants approaching Lampedusa and he will find right there a chance of survival and social reorganization. He will discover that fireflies have not already disappeared.

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