dir. Juliette de Marcillac / France / 2023 / 69’ / Polish premiere
Kinoteka, plac Defilad 1, Warszawa, Polska
Director(s): Juliette de Marcillac
Writer(s): Juliette de Marcillac
Cinematography: Florian Berthellot
Editing: Marie Molino
Sound: Florian Berthellot, Elton Rabineau, Marion Papinot, Thomas Besson
Producer(s): Claire Babany & Eléonore Boissinot
Production: Dryades Films in co-production with: Division, Lyon Capitale TV, 8 Mont Blanc
World sales: Mediawan Rights
Language: French, English
Montgenèvre, an idyllic ski resort on the French-Italian border. On paper, the law allows refugees to apply for asylum upon arrival in France. In reality, many are turned back to Italy by the police without ever having the opportunity to file an application. To be able to continue their journey, people take higher and higher routes through the mountains, often risking their lives. On the French side, volunteers of all ages walk the paths every night to offer them help, and guide them to a refuge further down the valley. “Nightwatchers” provides a direct cinematic experience over one night in the mountains by their side.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Visions du Réel (Opening film)
JULIETTE DE MARCILLAC
A graduate from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Juliette directed in 2017 a short film, “Leap Into the Void”, pre-bought by OCS and selected at the Stockholm Independent Film Festival. That’s now with a perspective nourished by fiction that she invests in documentary filmmaking with “Nightwatchers” (Visions du Réel 2023, Opening film, Grand Angle Competition). Convinced that the two approaches complete each other, she is developing a short fiction film taking place at the French-Italian border and is also collaborating on several feature films as a script consultant.