Travelling alone, internationally acclaimed photographer and film-maker Raymond Depardon spent six years capturing his home country with a large format camera. This long, solitary road trip provided fertile ground for the creation – with his long-time partner and collaborator Claudine Nougaret – of an extraordinary travel journal.
The journey returned Depardon to important places from his past as a reporter – Chad, Venice, Cannes – and to a wealth of previously unseen footage from his archive – an interview with Jean-Bedel Bokassa, film of Jean Luc Godard, extraordinary glimpses of private and public life.
Intimate, compelling, revelatory, “Journal de France” offers a unique portrait of a country and its landscapes, and overview of a truly remarkable career, and a fascinating resume of the art of photography over the past half century.
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Director: Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret
Language: French (with English subtitles)
Run Time: 100 mins
Rating: PG (Mild themes, nudity and course language)
"An engrossing and valuable personal record of the work of photographer and film-maker Raymond Depardon, depicting his autumnal journey across France."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"A fascinating introduction to one of France’s major filmmakers, yet also a compilation that leaves you aware there’s so much more to see and know about this remarkable man."
- Trevor Johnston, Time Out London
"A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life"
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
"An enticing amuse-bouche to an artist whose body of work has become essential viewing."
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
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