23 MAY — 02 JUNE 2024

23 MAY — 02 JUNE 2024

Direct Action

Guillaume Cailleau, Ben Russell

Germany / France
2024, 216'

The title refers to a protest tactic that aims to achieve results by the most effective means. A portrait of an important community in France, which brings together activists, anarchists, farmers and people considered eco-terrorists by the French government. This community has already survived several onslaughts that would have wiped it out, and has even created a movement focused on climate change. The film delves into the heart of the people who make up the community.

Filmmaking processes are made up of chemical reactions with light that end up generating the image on celluloid. It is precisely from this abyss between what is filmed and what is seen that the great power of DIRECT ACTION by Guillaume Cailleau & Ben Russell manifests itself. Shot on S16mm, the filmmakers document, through an intimate and immersive process, part of the daily life of an important collective of activists who occupied a territory against airport expansion on the outskirts of Paris. The portrayal of the group’s direct actions extends to absolutely every aspect of their lives, from the preparation of bread to a long night on watch. By praising extended time in contrast to ultra-mechanistic life processes, Cailleau & Russell build through blatant simplicity a profound portrait of an activism that reflects on what one thinks and what one does. (Lucas Camargo de Barros)



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INFO

PREMIERE TYPE
National
ORIGINAL TITLE
Direct Action
LANGUAGE
French / Arabic
PHOTOGRAPHY
Ben Russell
SOUND
Bruno Auzet
EDITING
Guillaume Cailleau, Ben Russell
PRODUCER
Guillaume Cailleau
PRODUCTION
Caskfilms, Volte Film
SALES
Shellac Films ([email protected])

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