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La rivière Tanier

Filmmaker : June Balthazard France, 2018 PRODUCTION : Le Fresnoy
French English

About this film


"My grandmother is a mystery." Since the filmmaker's grandmother lost her memory, the mere mention of it is enough to stiffen her up. What are you hiding from us, Marie-Lourdes, in your thick silence? All of a sudden, tongues are set loose. By telling her story, her relatives conjure up the past, exorcise suffering through laughter, vital laughter. In a process close to engraving, this film borrows from archaeology what digging entails, that is, revealing.

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June Balthazard

Born in 1991 in France, June Balthazard studied at the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts (ISBA) in Besançon and, in parallel, at the Haute École d'Art et de Design (HEAD) in Geneva in the Department of Cinema/Cinéma du réel. She also did a post-graduate degree at Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, where she directed two documentaries: La rivière Tanier and Le Baiser du silure.

Her work mixes heterogeneous elements: in particular, she confronts the documentary form with forms that are further apart from reality, all the while not betraying it but on the contrary, enlightening it, even transfiguring it. In this sense, her films are imbued with a magical realism. Her work has been shown in several international festivals such as the Winterthur Short Film Festival in Switzerland, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France, the Hong Kong Film Festival in China, Go Short in the Netherlands, the RIDM in Canada, and Visions du réel in Switzerland, where she received the Opening Scenes award in 2018.