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Consultants
  • DOMINIQUE PAINI

  • FRANCOIS CAILLAT
Dominique Paini

 

DOMINIQUE
PAINI

As an influential figure in the French cultural scene, he establishes links between the cinema and the other contemporary arts. At the Louvre Museum he started the famous documentary series Palette (by Alain Jaubert) and produces La ville Louvre (by Nicolas Philibert).  From 1990 to 2000, he was the head of the French Film Archives before being appointed the director of development at the George Pompidou Centre where he staid from 2000 to 2005. He also held a managing position with the “Fondation Maegth” in Saint Paul de Vence. Dominique Paini has written a considerable number of works and has organized international exhibitions such as Hitchcock and Art, Cocteau through the Century and Jean-Luc Godard – Travels in Utopia. He teaches at the “Ecole de Louvre”.

Fran├žois Caillat

 

FRANCOIS
CAILLAT

In the past ten years, François Caillat has produced documentary films about absence, the traces of memory and the influence of the past on our daily lives.  A number of long length films about these themes were made for the TV channel Arte; among them are La Quatrième génération, a saga about his family, Trois soldats allemands, a historical fiction about a man who disappeared during WW2; and L’Affaire Valérie, an investigation on the collective memory of a trivial news event.

Bienvenue à Bataville, a fable about the necessity of happiness in the 20th century was released in the cinema in November 2008.

Occasionally, his university degree in philosophy leads him to treat more theoretical subjects in the domain of neurological cognitive sciences as in L’Homme qui écoute (The Man Who Listens) and Naissance de la parole (Birth of Speech).  He has also produced film portraits of intellectuals and writers; e.g. Peter Sloterdijk, A German philosopher and Julia Kristeva, étrange étrangère (Strange stranger) or more recently, J.M.G. Le Clézio, entre les mondes (Between the Worlds).

Apart from his work as a filmmaker, François Caillat is involved with a number of other activities related to documentary cinema:

 

He directs the collection Cinéma documentaire, a publication of debates, critical texts and screenplays for the publisher L’Harmattan. His most recent work is: Le style dans le cinema documentaire (The Style of Documentary Cinema), 2007.

He is one of the co-founders of the collectif Gulliver that specializes in the promotion of French and foreign documentary films; the director of the Association Documentaire sur Grand Ecran (Association of Documentary Films on the Big Screen), the member and ex-president of Addoc, an association of documentary makers, and an ex-member of the Commission Télévision, the jury Brouillon d’un rêve and the board of administration of the SCAM.  

He gives regular lectures at the documentary department of the FEMIS, the Images en Bibliothèque, the CNC etc., where he presents his own documentaries and pilot films or gives advice on the writing of screenplays.