In response to her recent autobiographical film, this retrospective completes the portrait of a singular voice in filmmaking, writing, producing and acting.
Films in ‘Marion Hänsel, à la vie’
Si le vent soulève les sablesMarion Hänsel IFFR 2020 96′
A village teacher in the Sahara sets off with his family looking for more fertile land in the south. The journey is unpredictable and dangerous.
A village teacher in the Sahara decides to set off with his family and his cattle looking for more fertile land in the south. The journey is unpredictable and dangerous and may involve losing more than if he had stayed at home. The emotions largely remain under the surface in lively yet calmly shot scenes.
Par-delà les nuages – Le cinéma de Marion HänselCaroline D’hondt IFFR 2020 63′
Accurate portrait of Belgian filmmaker Marion Hänsel (1949): an independent, cosmopolitan spirit IFFR is dedicating a retrospective to.
Striking portrait of Belgian cineaste Marion Hänsel (1949), to whom IFFR is devoting a retrospective. The relationship between characters and their natural surroundings plays an important role in her work, which is often based on novels. Hänsel composes precise images and evokes effective atmospheres through sound and expressive landscapes.
DustMarion Hänsel IFFR 2020 88′
Powerfully depicted study of loneliness, love and power on a South African farm. Jane Birkin in one of her best roles.
Resolutely, and with minimal fuss, Hänsel paints a grim, complex picture of love and power on a South African farm in her second feature film. Father against daughter, white boss against black labourer. Indifference, yearning, humiliation. Jane Birkin de-glamourised herself for this, perhaps the best role of her career. After J.M. Coetzee.
Nuages, lettres à mon filsMarion Hänsel IFFR 2020 76′
Autobiographical documentary consisting entirely of clouds, in which Belgian director Marion Hänsel unleashes her thoughts on motherhood.
Belgian director Marion Hänsel views clouds "as the biggest cinema screen in the world". Her documentary Nuages, lettres à mon fils consists entirely of clouds from sunrises to evening mists. A meditative edit depicts all sorts of weather. A voice-over reads letters about motherhood Hänsel wrote for her son.