To Be and To Have|February 24|
Nicolas Philibert in Person. A witty, beautifully observed documentary on the behind-the-scenes workings of the Louvre, filmed, says Philibert, as you would a ballet, as curators, restorers, and attendants all prepare for the grand reopening following the construction of I. M. Pei's Pyramid.
For description, please see February 26, above. Followed by Louvre City (see description above).
Nicolas Philibert in Person. Every summer the residents and nurses at La Borde psychiatric hospital put on a play. In 1995 they performed a work by Witold Gombrowicz, who fully understood what the residents also know: that feelings can't be "crammed into words."
Nicolas Philibert in Person. A droll and engrossing look at the restoration of Paris's National Natural History Museum and the reinstatement of its inhabitants-elephants, badgers, and butterflies who with their fixed stares observe us observing them.
An informal and intimate conversation with the artist about his work, designed for students but open to the public.
Nicolas Philibert in Person, Sign Language Interpretation Provided. Following the lives and stories of a number of deaf people, Philibert "carries viewers into a different but completely understandable culture, a world with its own rich language. Film is the perfect medium for capturing this beautifully lyrical, visual language of gestures."-NY Times
Lecture by Nicolas Philibert. This gentle and illuminating film on a teacher and his students in rural France has been that country's most successful theatrical documentary feature ever, and here made critics' Top Ten lists. In a one-room school Philibert finds "an ardent celebration of one special stop along the difficult road of becoming a human being."-The New Yorker. Philibert's Documentary Voices lecture precedes the film.