Last year, we set up a new section called “Nouveaux Regards” to include often original and trailblazing films whose makers question the concepts of cinema, explore new territories and, thus, often stand along borders.
Geographical or cultural borders are problems in themselves. From an artistic point of view, limits are never clearly defined, creators are often on a frontier, so to speak, in a borderline situation, regardless of the moral meaning of the term. Are we watching films which belong to realism or fantasy, to canned theatre or proper cinema? Isn’t the current trend in film-making blurring the frontier between documentary and fiction? Because they are perhaps too Cartesian, French filmgoers resent the mixing of genres and forms.
They question the trend. And we wish to encourage them to do so, yet we will not provide them with an answer. Let’s discuss the issue. After all, it does not really matter. It this can make cinema richer and open to new directions, our goal will be achieved.
Philippe and Alain Jalladeau