Patron of the fifth EDITION DE LA FABRIQUE DES CINÉMAS DU MONDE 2013
FINDING A TRADEMARK STYLE
Beginning your first feature-length film is a key moment in the life of all young directors. You have to be able to resist outside influences harmful or otherwise, decide what goes and what doesn’t and find your own trademark style.
This is an unusual and uncertain time, but also a happy one. It depends on finding the right people – people who are prudent but who also know how to take risks; people who are able to listen, issue warnings and give advice, without blocking or disrupting the creative flow.
It is therefore an honour and a great pleasure for me to support the filmmakers selected to take part in the Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde this year. This special time is, in the end, just a gateway to the biggest adventure there is THE FABRIQUE OF THE LIFE.
Following his first feature-length film Haitian Corner in 1988, Raoul Peck began an international career that spanned Germany, France and the United States. He developed a unique body of work based on his own personal history. He drew inspiration from his childhood in the Republic of the Congo during the first years of independence and his return to Haiti as Minister of Culture. As a result, he came to see film as a way of fighting modern forms of injustice. He has been selected several times for the Festival de Cannes; first in 1993 with The Man by the Shore (in official competition), then in 2000 with Lumumba (for the Directors’ Fortnight). He was a member of the jury in 2012. His most recent film, Fatal Assistance, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, following Sometimes in April (2005) and Moloch Tropical (2009). Since 2010, he has been the chairman of the administrative board at France’s Fémis film school.