World Premiere : Bavaria-Quebec "Portraits croisés" at Munich International Documentary Festival 2012


Mrs Schiefner, « The Last Of The Family » © DOK.fest München

"There are a few seats left on the balconies" - an often-heard sentence at the opening evening of Munich’s International Documentary Festival DOK.forum on May 4th. More than 300 guests attended the world premiere of the two short documentaries of this year’s “Portraits croisés” exchange program between Bavaria and Quebec.

The two films, “Life through the lens of inkedkenny”, by Denize Galiao and Marie Elisa Scheidt (Munich’s University for Television and Film – Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen München) and “Die Letzte der Familie”, by Claudia Gama and Philippe Miquel (Montreal’s National Institute for Image and sound), both movingly portray two very different persons. Kenny, a fetishistic Montreal photographer, works on his own family and personal history throughout his passion for photography. Mrs Schiefner, aged 91 and “the last of her family”, shares her day-to-day and her turbulent past with the public.

After the films’ presentation, guests were offered the opportunity to discuss with directors Claudia Gama, Denize Galiao and Marie Elisa Schmidt, to learn more about the challenges they encountered during research and production. In his welcoming address, Quebec’s Delegate General in Munich, Dr. Charles Villiers, stressed the importance, for young directors, to broaden their horizons. He confessed to being very impressed by the artistic and technical quality of the “Portraits croisés” films. Mr. Michael Hinterdobler, representing the Chancellery of the State of Bavaria, promoted the dynamic cooperation between Bavaria and Quebec, emphasizing the cultural identity as the unifying characteristic between the two regions.

Montreal’s Institut national de l’Image et du Son (INIS) and Munich’s Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) coordinated the cultural exchange program « Portraits croisés » in 2008 and 2010. Students and graduates of both institutions had the opportunity to stay for 1 month in the partner region in order to shoot a short documentary there. “Portraits croisés Bavière-Québec” is supported by the Bavarian and Quebec governments as part of their bilateral cooperation.

Source : MRI