CinéSalon Series

Nicolas Philibert: A Tender Lens

Tuesdays, March 5–26, 2024
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Free for FIAF Members!

French director Nicolas Philibert is one of the most respected European documentary filmmakers working today—he created many essential films throughout the 1990s, but it was the wildly popular To Be and to Have (2002) that solidified him as both a critical and international box office success. The film, which chronicles the struggles and triumphs of a rural French single-class school teacher and his students, was awarded the 2002 Louis Delluc Prize and was screened at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Philibert’s driving desire is to shed new light on contemporary French society, illuminated by his empathetic and unwavering gaze. His films unanimously bear the hallmarks of patient and considered observation, tenderness, and sensitivity. Philibert’s unique lens offers a deeper understanding of his subjects, from a captive orangutan in his 2010 New York Times Critic’s Pick film Nénette, to a glimpse at the off-limits spaces of a storied institution in 1990’s The Louvre City, to patients at a psychiatric clinic in the French countryside in 1997’s Every Little Thing.

To mark the release of Philibert’s latest film, On the Adamant, FIAF is pleased to present six of his most lauded features.


Upcoming Screenings


CinéSalon

Nénette

Nénette

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Happy Hour: 5:30-7:30pm

Dir. Nicolas Philibert, 2010, France, 70min, DCP, Color
With Nénette, Judit Kele
In French with English subtitles

This intimate 2010 documentary chronicles the captive life of a 40-year-old orangutan who was born in the forests of Borneo before becoming the unrivaled star of Paris’ Jardin des Plantes. The thought-provoking story, told from the perspective of Nénette, is essential viewing for animal lovers and those fascinated by the primate psyche.

CinéSalon

The Louvre City

La Ville Louvre

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
4pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Nicolas Philibert, 1990, France, 85min, DCP, Color
In French with English subtitles

This documentary chronicles the first time the Louvre allowed a film crew behind the scenes after museum hours. What results is the discovery of a city within a city; a narrative that blends the mundane and the fantastical, traversing miles of underground passages to reveal the secrets of the revered institution.

CinéSalon

Every Little Thing

La Moindre des choses

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Nicolas Philibert, 1996, France, 105min, DCP, Color
In French with English subtitles

During the summer of 1995, residents and staff at the Loire Valley’s La Borde psychiatric clinic uphold their annual tradition of preparing to put on a summer play. This documentary chronicles the highs and lows of rehearsals for the season’s selection, and paints a touching portrait of life at La Borde.

CinéSalon

In the Land of the Deaf

Le Pays des sourds

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
4pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Nicolas Philibert, 1993, France, 99min, DCP, Color
In French with English subtitles

Meet a group of people who live their lives in total silence: dreaming, thinking and communicating through signs. Discover their world where seeing, touching and signing is a vital part of everyday life.

CinéSalon

Animals and More Animals

Un animal, des animaux

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Nicolas Philibert, 1995, France, 59min, DCP, Color
In French with English subtitles

After being closed to the public for close to 25 years, this film chronicles the renovation of what’s now known as the Grand Gallery of Evolution in Paris’ Museum of Natural History. This playful documentary exposes the meticulous restoration of its fascinating preserved animals, all but left suspended in time.

CinéSalon

To Be and to Have

Être et avoir

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Nicolas Philibert, 2002, France, 104min, DCP, Color
Starring Georges Lopez, Alizé
In French with English subtitles

This 2002 documentary captures the daily struggles and triumphs within one of rural France’s single-class schools. The heartwarming study follows an eclectic group of thirteen children and their colorful leader Georges Lopez as he instructs in the art of cooking, writing, reading, math, and—most importantly—coexisting as equals.