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Marceline Loridan Ivens: A Tribute

Cinema was the weapon of Marceline Loridan-Ivens in permanent struggle against her memories and her ghosts. On a screen, the time of a long shot sequence of the film CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, that she told for the first time her story, that of a girl deported to Auschwitz in fourteen, with his father who never returned. It was in 1961, in the heart of a silent and happy amnesiac era.

And it is by the movies then, but behind the camera, that the survivor has sealed a pact with life, the present, the great causes of her generation. A love pact too, with the great documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens who became her husband.

They left to turn 17TH PARALLEL, on the front line of the Vietnam war.

Then they plunged into the cultural revolution in China from which they shot fourteen short, long and medium-length films collected under the dreamy title HOW YUKONG MOVED THE MOUNTAINS. Marceline was not necessarily in foreign land. War, survival, revolt were part of her. Crushed by history, she now had the feeling of weighing on her.

And it is equipped with a camera, the scenario of THE BIRCH-TREE MEADOW, that she was able to return to Birkenau, to exhume finally the camp which had wanted her death. It was in 2003. "I'm alive! exclaims the heroine from the top of an abandoned lookout. This is the unforgettable cry of Marceline Loridan-Ivens who left us last year, at the end of a life fiercely Balagan.

Avec le soutien de la Fondation pour la Memoire de la Shoah

Opening Event

Prior to the screening, a talk on Marceline Loridan-Ivens and her films

The Birch Tree Meadow

Dir.: Marceline Loridan-Ivens
| 99 minutes

In this eloquent film, Myriam is a French holocaust survivor. 60 years after her imprisonment in Auschwitz, she decides to do something daring. She returns to finally confront her painful past. There, she meets German photographer Oskar, whose grandfather was an SS officer. 

Conversation with director Deniela Schulz

A Tale of the Wind | Bride of the Wind

This is a personal cinematic portrait by a skilled artist who sets out to photograph the invisible – the wind. It is a journey in which Marceline Loridan, his partner in life and in art, sketches a portrait of her partner / Daniela Schulz accompanied Marceline Lordian-Ivens as she filmed her autobiographical film The Tree-Birch Meadow.

Conversation with director Jean-Pierre Sergent

Chronicle of a Summer | Algeria, Year Zero

130 minutes

Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin’s breakthrough film is considered to be a turning point in documentary cinema. Rouch decided to make a film about the Parisian tribe. He captures several Parisian characters in the summer of 1960 / In the summer of 1962, the two directors set out to document the birthing woes of independent Algeria. The result was banned in France and Algeria. 

Conversation with director Yves Jeuland

The Balagan Life of Marceline Loridan-Ivens | The Football Incident

110 minutes

In 2014, Marceline Loridan-Ivens sat down for a candid interview about her life and work – . Even in her 90s, she is still as sharp and energetic as ever / A teacher urges the kids playing ball into the classroom. One of them finds it difficult to separate from the ball and kicks it over the teacher’s head. The next day, they gather for a candid discussion about the incident.