In Poitiers, for eight days, young international artists, professionals and the audience share together in a creative buzz: previews, screenings of short films and feature films, debates, master classes, ciné-sandwiches, Piou-piou sessions for kids… The Poitiers Film Festival continues to fulfil the mission of its founder, Henri Langlois, forty-one years ago: to seek out and support cinema in the making.
This year, alongside the International Selection of school films, which is split into two competitions (short films and feature films), the festival is presenting, as part of the France-Rumanian season, a focus on the inventive Rumanian cinema. Christophe Honoré, honoured at this 41st Poitiers Film Festival, will lead the Cinema Lesson on the transmission of knowledge.
For this carte blanche at the War on Screen festival, we have chosen four films from the various sections of the 2017 edition. Depicting unique worlds, these films bear witness to a variety of points of view and subjects related to armed conflict.
“What strikes you in Poitiers, is the general quality of the work on show. Fiction or documentary, live or animated, big budgets or penniless productions, all have their place in a competition surprisingly homogenous and cheering.” Écran noir
AREA 51, NEVADA, USA, by Annabelle AMOROS (2017) - France
School : Le Fresnoy - France
ATLANTIS, 2003, by Michal BLASKO (2017) - Slovakia, Czech Republic
School : FTF VSMU - Slovakia
JULIA, by Jaime AVENDANO (2015) - Colombia
School : Universidad del Magdalena - Colombia
WHERE EUPHRATES AND SAVA FLOW TOGETHER, by Andreas MUGGLI (2016) - Switzerland
School : Haute École de Lucerne (HSLU) - Switzerland