Journal de France

Dir: Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret (2012)

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.




Director: Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret

Year: 2012

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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