Nicolas Philibert

  • Nicolas Philibert – Sur l’Adamant AKA On The Adamant (2023)

    2021-2030DocumentaryFranceNicolas Philibert
    Sur l'Adamant (2023)
    Sur l’Adamant (2023)

    The Adamant is a unique psychiatric care centre, remarkable for its floating structure. Located on the Seine in the heart of Paris, it welcomes adults suffering from mental health disorders, offering them care that orients them in time and space, helping them to recover or just keep up their spirits. The team running the centre tries to resist the deterioration and dehumanization of psychiatry as best it can.

    Nicolas Philibert’s verité-style documentary (a style he has perfected over his 50-year career) invites us to board this unique facility and meet the patients and caregivers who bring it to life every day.

    Winner- Golden Bear- Berlin International Film Festival 2023Read More »

  • Nicolas Philibert – Nénette (2010)

    Nicolas Philibert2001-2010DocumentaryFrance

    Born in the jungles of Borneo, Nénette is a 40-year-old orangutan — and the oldest (and most popular) inhabitant at the Ménagerie at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Sitting in her gallery, she stays relaxed and indifferent as she looks down at the parade of visitors who file past her daily, commenting on her appearance and behavior.Read More »

  • Nicolas Philibert – Étre et avoir AKA To Be and to Have (2002)

    2001-2010DocumentaryFranceNicolas Philibert


    How do we learn to live with others and their wishes? Director Nicolas Philibert poses this question in a village schoolhouse in Auvergne, where Georges Lopez teaches 13 children, ages ranging from about four to 12. Against a landscape of mountains and farmland, from driving snow to rain to sun, the children gather in Lopez’s warm and colorful classroom, to read, write dictation, cook, and sort things out. At home, the older ones do homework with parents after their chores. At year’s end, they look ahead to the next, visiting the middle school and meeting the little ones coming in the fall. As they learn sums and adjectives, with Lopez’s help, they also learn to live side by side -IMDbRead More »

  • Nicolas Philibert – Le Pays des sourds AKA Land of the Deaf (1992)

    1991-2000DocumentaryFranceNicolas Philibert


    IMDB –
    “I saw this lovely documentary once, some ten years ago, and found it most rewarding. Its tone was dignified and understated, having a gently moving cumulative effect. The most salient impression I had of the film’s subjects was how expressive they were with their faces and bodies in revealing their emotions and thoughts. As a cinephile, I could not help but think of the vanished acting styles of silent cinema, of how so much had to be conveyed through purely visual means, and of how comparatively impoverished, from a visual viewpoint, so much modern cinema is. Rightly or wrongly, I perceived a more direct correspondence between feeling and expression in the people depicted in this film than is the norm among hearing people, and this suggested hidden treasures within these subjects’ lives that could be of benefit to us all. What has traditionally been seen as a handicap came to be seen as an inextricable, richly beautiful thread in the human tapestry, and this film must be conceded to be a masterpiece for showing us this truth.”Read More »

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