Skip to main content

A Beach Near Belfast

France, 1996 (MIFF 1996, Documentary)

Director: Henri-Francois Imbert

Ghostly images flicker through the projector. An unidentified family amuse themselves on a beach. This home movie accidently left in the super 8 camera given to the filmmaker by his girlfriend on return from Belfast becomes the filmmakers obsession. Transfixed by the family m the film he sets out to find them, to return to them their film and their memories. Arriving in Belfast the day after the historical ceasefire of October 13 1994, he commences his journey.

An intriguing and delightful personal documentary/roadmovie of which the filmmaker states "I no longer know whether my films are documentaries diaries of fictionI try to tell stories that live " (TP)

See also...

Letter From Childhood

The amazing and involving story of a young Algerian woman with mutiple sclerosis, Letter from Childhood uses a mixture of ethnographic observation, reconstruction and personal reminiscence to tell ... More »

Just a Woman

A vivid and compelling portrait of transsexuality in Iran. Morvarid strives to conciliate her Islamic culture, her family and her sex work. But, more than this, she strives to become a woman. Won the ... More »

Short Lelong

A sound effects specialist meddles with the progress of a story. ... More »

In Harm's Way

As a dynamited building collapses in slow motion, professor of film Jan Krawitz declares that ten years ago a moment came in her life when the earth shifted and nothing would ever be the same again ... More »

Insight

The sense of sight is central to the experience of cinema and of the world for most people. This simple but profoundly moving documentary intimately suggests through the daring use of photographic ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director