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France, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Documentaries)

Director: Raymond Depardon


“A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life.” - Variety

Part travel diary, part retrospective, Journal de France trails acclaimed documentarian Raymond Depardon (Untouched by the West, MIFF 02) on his six-year journey around the French countryside photographing the landscape with a large format plate camera. Interspersed with images of a disappearing France are documentary clips and never-before-seen footage from Depardon's incredible 40-year reporting career, in which he covered civil wars in combat zones around the world as well as political subjects closer to home.

Put together and narrated by Depardon's long-time collaborator, sound engineer and companion Claudine Nougaret, Journal de France is in an intimate and revelatory portrait of a remarkable filmmaker and photographer.

“Watching Depardon take his precious time to snap the perfect street scene offers up a powerful antidote to an era inundated with disposable digital imagery.” - Hollywood Reporter

D Raymond Depardon P Claudine Nougaret S Raymond Depardon, Claudine Nougaret Dist Hi Gloss Entertainment L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

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