La Maison de la Radio

Dir: Nicolas Philibert (2013)

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In these days of rapid change in the media we all consume, one for remains loved and trusted - and largely the same as it ever was - radio! In this wonderful new feature film, Nicolas Philibert bunkers down in the huge Parisian edifice that is the Radio France building, and watches. And listens.

Making a film about a radio station doesn’t sound like the most visually compelling of projects. How many takes do you need before the acoustic transition from the opening to the closing of a door is perfect or the reader's voice correctly modulated? Nicolas Philibert (Être et avoir) has accepted the challenge to portray that which cannot be seen. Shouldering his camera, he spent half a year wandering the endless corridors of Radio France’s ‘round house’ on the banks of the Seine where he filmed people who dedicate themselves utterly and meticulously to their work.

Philibert takes his time, allowing the rich diversity of radio programmes to create a universe of their own, like an echo of the world outside. His film shows the entire spectrum of political and cultural programmes, concerts, readings, location reportage, interviews, and phone-in chat shows. This ‘blind’ medium that stimulates the imagination has always fascinated this image-maker. Philibert’s film is a monument to the diligent creators behind the medium of radio (Berlinale)

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Director: Nicolas Philibert

Year: 2013

Language: French (with English subtitles)

Run Time: 99 mins

Rating: Not rated

★★★★ "[A] typically astute, alert and amusing observational documentary...Superb camerawork [and a] wonderful sound mix that best conveys the immediacy and intimacy that makes radio so unique."

- David Parkinson, Radio Times

★★★★ "A beautifully observed study of Radio France...The tone is affectionate and appreciative...Behind it all lies the sense that here is something worth preserving, a celebration of radio’s unique conversational appeal, a unifying force in times of splintered televisuality."

- Mark Kermode, The Observer

"A textured portrait of human beings and the jobs they do, offering scant commentary but much to chew on, not to mention plenty of laughs -- no small feat in a movie dedicated to something as dry sounding as “public radio.”"

- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"Occasionally humorous as well as continually insightful"

- Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

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