Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  100 minutes
Date:  2018
Genre:  Expository
Language:  French / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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Journal de France

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A journal, a voyage through time. Depardon photographs France, Nougaret rediscovers the unseen footage he has so carefully kept: his first steps behind the camera, his TV reports from around the world, snatches of their memories and of our history.

Journal de France

Travelling alone, internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker 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 a remarkable 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-Bédel 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, an overview of a truly illustrious career and a fascinating resume of the development of the photographic art over the past half-century.

"A fascinating introduction to one of France's major filmmakers." —Time Out

"A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life, JOURNAL is a natural for docu fests and Euro satcasts." —Variety

"[Offers] up an enticing amuse-bouche to an artist whose body of work has become essential viewing." —The Hollywood Reporter

"This fascinating film really belongs to those people whose names never made the history books, barely even their local newspaper headlines." Sight and Sound

"It's fascinating fare, offering both an insight into the emergence of Depardon's still influential 'direct cinema' aesthetic, and an affectionate portrait of a unique visual artist and cultural archivist." Observer (UK)

"An engrossing and valuable personal record of the work of photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon."The Guardian

"Gently moving and subtly powerful."Empire Magazine

"The humanism of Depardon's gaze moves and inspires."Total Film


** Nominated, Best Documentary Film, 2013 César Awards
** Official Selection, 2012 Cannes Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2012 Telluride Film Festival
** 2012 Festival do Rio
** 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival
** 2012 BFI London Film Festival
** 2012 Tokyo International Film Festival
** 2012 Viennale International Film Festival
** 2012 CPH:DOX


Main credits

Depardon, Raymond (on-screen participant)
Depardon, Raymond (film director)
Depardon, Raymond (screenwriter)
Depardon, Raymond (cinematographer)
Nougaret, Claudine (film director)
Nougaret, Claudine (film producer)
Nougaret, Claudine (screenwriter)

Other credits

Montage, Simon Jacquet; image, Raymond Depardon.

Distributor credits

A film by Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret

Docuseek2 subjects

Documentary Films

Distributor subjects

Cinema Studies
Cinema Verite
Direct Cinema
Distrib Films
Raymond Depardon


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