For ten days and two weekends, the festival showcases 88 films, many of which are unreleased, structured around: an Official Selection of recent films; a tribute to the great Japanese studio Shochiku in recognition of its 100th anniversary; the silver screen celebration of 20 years of Produire au Sud, the international coproduction workshop of the Festival des 3 Continents; the programme A Place on Earth; the 70th anniversary of Cahiers du Cinéma; and films for young moviegoers.
Autour d’une Compétition internationale de films inédits en France, le Festival des 3 Continents of Besides an International Competition of eight films premiering in France, the Festival des 3 Continents offers a selection of recent films (fiction and documentaries) presented as special screenings. Viewers will also have the pleasure of discovering the winners of the 2020 Edition whose films remain unseen in theaters.
100 Years of Shochiku
Originally specialized in kabuki productions, Shochiku embarked on filmmaking on February 11, 1920. In the space of a few short years, the studio established itself as one of the most important in Japanese history, a fact that is still true to this day. The Festival des 3 Continents celebrates its 100th anniversary with a diverse retrospective spanning six decades in 27 films. Rare titles by masters such as Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Hideo Gosha, Hiroshi Shimizu and Yoshitarô Nomura, amongst others.
20 years of Produire au Sud
Through the lens of a few emblematic filmmakers and screenwriters, the Festival des 3 Continents will look back on the past 20 years of its international coproduction workshop Produire au Sud. A diverse selection of eighteen films illustrates how successful the workshop and the festival have been in achieving one of their core ambitions: supporting emerging writers and producers. Five online sessions of this programme will also be scheduled all over France.
As part of this 20th anniversary year, the Festival des 3 Continents will also host the 21st Produire au Sud workshop in Nantes. Six producer/director pairs and their respective feature film projects are selected to take part and benefit from the experience, teaching, and on-going support of a group of experts, from development to the beginning of production.
A PLACE ON EARTH
This programme is intended as a dialogue with Miguel Torga’s aphorism, “The universal is the local without walls”, and is certainly a response to our restricted vision for so many months. It is a small digression through eleven films, suitable for all audiences. Some will serve as introductions for secondary-school and high school students.
70 YEARS OF CAHIERS DU CINÉMA
The Cahiers have always considered the Festival des 3 Continents as an unparalleled discovery lab. The festival’s creation in 1979 coincided with the magazine’s increasing exposure of Asian, African and South American filmmaking. It was in Nantes that the Cahiers discovered Philippine cinema (issue no. 332), Guru Dutt and Ritwik Ghatak (issue no. 343), Nikkatsu roman pornos (issue no. 392) and, more recently, South Korean Shin Sang-ok (issue no. 740), to name a few. The five films selected as a tribute to the magazine focus on Asian cinema. They will be presented by journalists from different generations.
First Steps Towards the 3 Continents
First Steps Towards the 3 Continents offers a selection of films for children and families. There are three different programmes according to age group for pupils from kindergarten through elementary school.