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Journal de France

A film by Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret

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film stillTravelling alone, internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon spent six years capturing his home country with a large format camera. This long, solitary road trip provided fertile ground for the creation, with his long-time partner and collaborator Claudine Nougaret, of a remarkable travel journal.

The journey returned Depardon to important places from his past as a reporter—Chad, Venice, Cannes—and to a wealth of previously unseen footage from his archive: an interview with Jean-Bédel Bokassa, film of Jean-Luc Godard, extraordinary glimpses of private and public life.

Intimate, compelling, revelatory, JOURNAL DE FRANCE offers a unique portrait of a country and its landscapes, an overview of a truly illustrious career and a fascinating resume of the development of the photographic art over the past half-century.

"A fascinating introduction to one of France's major filmmakers." —Time Out

"A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life." —Variety

"[Offers] up an enticing amuse-bouche to an artist whose body of work has become essential viewing." —The Hollywood Reporter

"This fascinating film really belongs to those people whose names never made the history books, barely even their local newspaper headlines." Sight and Sound

"An insight into the emergence of Depardon's still influential 'direct cinema' aesthetic, and an affectionate portrait of a unique visual artist and cultural archivist." Observer (UK)

"An engrossing and valuable personal record of the work of photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon."The Guardian

"Gently moving and subtly powerful."Empire Magazine

"The humanism of Depardon's gaze moves and inspires."Total Film

Nominated, Best Documentary Film, 2013 César Awards
2012 Cannes Film Festival
2012 Telluride Film Festival
2012 Festival do Rio
2012 Vancouver International Film Festival
2012 BFI London Film Festival
2012 Tokyo International Film Festival
2012 Viennale International Film Festival
2012 CPH:DOX

100 minutes / Color
French / English subtitles
Release: 2018
Copyright: 2012

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Biography, Cinema Studies, Cinema Verite, Documentaries, Europe, France, Direct Cinema, Distrib Films, Photography, Raymond Depardon

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The Films of Raymond Depardon

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