Themed retrospective: Rural Ways
The peasant, a familiar figure in our world, is rarely seen in films. Short films, a space for showing the invisible among us, have always sought to depict peasants.
In their time, behind the emblematic Georges Rouquier, Rohmer, Demy, Depardon, Doillon, and Eustache have shown ancestral peasantry and solidarity in the peasant’s desire to work without a boss, to be the master of one’s own space and time.
This world, of secular culture and know-how, has shaped our society.
Its stamp on men and on the land, has seen deep changes in the 20th century.
Productivism and large-scale distribution have radically transformed the relationship to vegetation and to animals, and indeed to human relations.
A new generation of filmmakers has taken on the universal stakes of a sector in crisis (loss of direction, transmission, solitude) which tries to resist the trend. It is often women who fight for this and try to reinvent themselves. These filmmakers show the poetic and generous realities of these worlds.
As new players in a future with huge ecological stakes where all scenarios are still possible, the peasant worlds (from the digital farm to the short cycle, alongside genetics and conditions for animals) forge the paths of a common future.