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Nicolas Philibert

He was born in 1951 in Nancy (France). After studying philosophy, he turned to film and became an assistant director, notably for René Allio, Alain Tanner and Claude Goretta. In 1978, with Gérard Mordillat, he co-directed his first documentary feature, His Master's Voice, in which a dozen bosses of leading industrial groups talk about control, hierarchy and power, gradually sketching out the image of a future world ruled by the financial sector. From 1985 to 1987, Nicolas Philibert shot various mountaineering and sports adventure films for television, then started directing documentary features that would all obtain a theatrical release: Louvre City (1990), In the Land of the Deaf (1992), Animals (1995), Every Little Thing (1996), as well as a film essay pitched between documentary and fiction: Who Knows? (1998). In 2001, he directed To Be and to Have, about daily life in a "single class" school in a mountain village in the heart of France’s Massif Central. Screened as part of the Official Selection at the 2002 Cannes Festival where it won the Prix Louis Delluc 2002, the film was a huge success in France and around forty other countries. In Back to Normandy (2007), he returned to the settings of I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister and My René Allio, the director who allowed him to take his first steps in film. Shot in 2009 at the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, Nénette is about a female orangutan aged 40, in captivity for 37 years. His last film, La Maison de la radio (2012) was screened at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

1.  Animals / Nicolas Philibert, France
2.  Back to Normandy / Nicolas Philibert, France
3.  Every Little Thing / Nicolas Philibert, France
4.  His Master’s Voice / Nicolas Philibert, Gerard Mordillat, France
5.  In the Land of the Deaf / Nicolas Philibert, France
6.  La Μaison de la radio / Nicolas Philibert, France
7.  Louvre City / Nicolas Philibert, France
8.  Nenette / Nicolas Philibert, France
9.  To Be and to Have / Nicolas Philibert, France
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