FRANCE — RUSSIA 49 MIN
In the Siberian forest, away from any civilization, a feud is opposing two families whose houses are separated by a river. In the middle of the river stands an island where the kids of the two families are meeting on their own.
After graduating from the Strasbourg School of Art & Design (Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg), and the Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts (Studio national des arts contem- porains), Clément Cogitore developed his own artistic practice at the crossroads of cinema and contem- porary art. Combining films, videos, installations and photography, his work explores the potent ques- tions of how images are made as well as their active role in human constructions. His work revolves around the relationship we maintain with sacredness, particularly in its ritualized aspect, by looking at the world and its mysteries: the original darkness of cinema meets the nightly secrets of our actions and gestures. His thought-provoking work examines the visibility and awareness of mankind in the world he is building, and his political position in the spaces conditioned his existence. In 2015, his first feature film Neither Heaven nor Earth addressed, through fiction, the metaphysical quest for meaning in a world at war. With this in mind, he takes us on a journey to Braguino or the impossible Community where he describes the tipping point between the boundaries of civilization and faith.
A former resident of the Academie de France at the Rome Villa Medici, his films have been selected to several international festivals (Cannes, Locarno, Lisbonne, Montreal...) and won numerous awards. His work has been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, as well as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the MoMA in New-York. In 2015, his first feature film Neither Heaven nor Earth was awarded the Prix de la Fondation Gan at the Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la Critique, and nominated for Best First Film at the César. The same year, he was awarded the Prix Le BAL for Young Talent in association with the ADAGP. In 2016, he was also awarded the Prix Science Po for contemporary art and the 18th Prix de la Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard for Contemporary Art.
Clement Cogitore was born in 1983 in Colmar. He currently lives and works in Paris. He is represented by the Galerie Eva Hober (Paris) since 2016, and by the Galerie Reinhard Hauff (Stuttgart) since 2015.
- San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain 2017
- Busan International Film Festival, South Korea 2017
- FICValdivia, Chile 2017
- Thessanoliki International Film Festival, Greece 2017
- BAFICI, Argentina 2017
- ICA London Film Festival, United Kingdom 2017
- Torino Film Festival, Italy 2017
- DocPoint, Finland 2018
- FID Marseille, France 2018
- Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria 2018
DOKer 2018 — Main Competition