Presentation of the 21st edition of the Brive Cinema Festival by Giulio Casadei, general delegate, then screening of the film:

Le Mot de Cambronne by Sacha Guitry
1937 / France / Fiction / 36′

Exasperated by the allusions and perfidies she hears over and over again, Madame Cambronne (an Englishwoman) tries to find out what the famous word attributed to her husband is. He refuses to tell her, but a clumsy servant finally utters it, and the couple return to marital peace…

Presented by Noël Herpe, writer, filmmaker, critic and film historian.


Wednesday April 10 – 2:30 p.m.

Les Corps ouverts by Sébastien Lifshitz
1997 / France / Fiction / 48′

Paris. A few days in the life of an 18-year-old Arab boy. Wandering, encounters, discovery of pleasure and sex, or how to build other reference points.

Alger la blanche by Cyril Collard
1986 / France / Fiction / 28′

A story of passion between Jean and Farid, of incommunication and different cultures, of impossible departures.


Friday April 12 – 6:15 p.m.

Où finit la vie by Judit Elek
1967-1968 / Hongrie / Documentaire / 56′

The main character of the first part is an old worker retiring after forty years’ work. We witness his tragedy. As a result of his radical change of existence, he finds neither purpose nor meaning in his life. The second part presents the fate of a young peasant who leaves his village and family to go to the city and learn a trade.


Session organized with ALCA Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Les Yeux Verts

Thursday April 11 – 2:30 p.m.

Sardine by Johanna Caraire
2022 / France / Fiction / 30′

Eve, 35, had promised her recently deceased grandmother that she would accompany her to the island of Lanzarote for the Burial of the Sardine, a pagan festival with cathartic virtues. No sooner had she arrived on the rocky island than her retirement was disrupted by the unexpected arrival of her two best friends.

Amour Océan by Héléna Klotz
2022 / France / Fiction / 30′

Jeanne, 17, is spending her last days of vacation in the heat of late August. This morning, with Camille, her little sister, they decided to run away from the barracks where they live with their father to see the ocean one last time.


L’Île aux merveilles de Manoël by Raoul Ruiz
1984 / Portugal, France / 3 épisodes

Three-part mini-series about the fantastic adventures of a seven-year-old boy living on the island of Madeira.

Wednesday April 10 – 4 p.m. : Episode 1

Thursday April 10 – 4 p.m. : Episode 2

Friday April 10 – 4 p.m. : Episode 3


Tuesday April 9 – 4 p.m.

Wave, Coral and Rock by Ebrahim Golestan
1961 / Iran / Documentaire / 41′

A documentary about the oil pipe installation in Khark, Iran in 1962.

Harvest and the Seed by Ebrahim Golestan
1965 / Iran / Documentaire / 30′

A sardonic look at the conditions of a poverty-stricken Iranian village after the so-called agrarian reforms of the early 1960s

Wednesday April 10 – 5:30 p.m. / Friday April 12 – 5:30 p.m.

The Night It Rained by Kamran Shirdel
1967 / Iran / Documentaire / 38′

A modern-day epic that attempts to retrace the true circumstances of a heroic act in the north-Iranian countryside. One rainy night near the village of Gorgan, a schoolboy discovered that the heavy rains had washed away the soil underneath a section of railroad tracks.

Friday April 12 – 5:30 p.m.

L’Attente by Amir Naderi
1974 / Iran / Fiction / 48′

A kind of magical realist parable that follows a boy’s daily chore: bringing an elegant glass bowl to get filled with ice, and then returning home. The simplicity of this ritual stands in contrast to a world in which every glance and every gesture seems loaded with hidden meaning.


Tuesday April 9 – 6 p.m

Strangers in the Night by Anthony Mann
1944 / États-Unis / Fiction / 56′

A war veteran, searches for the woman with whom he had an epistolary relationship during his convalescence. A search that leads to deception and murder.

Thursday April 11 – 5:15 p.m

Bluebeard’s Castle by Michael Powell
1963 / Allemagne / Fiction / 60′

Based on Béla Bartók’s opera, Duke Bluebeard gradually and reluctantly reveals the secrets of his psyche to his fourth wife, Judit, opening the seven doors of his castle to finally reveal his previous wives still alive, among whom Judit must take his place.

Friday April 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Sur la dune de la solitude by Timité Bassori
1964 / Côte d’Ivoire / Fiction / 32′

Two young people meet one evening by the lagoon. The next morning, when they wake up, the girl has disappeared.

Romeo and Juliet in the Snow by Ernst Lubitsch
1920 / Allemagne / Fiction / 48′

The story of Romeo and Juliet played out as a farce: a comedy of manners set in a snowy Bavarian village.

Friday April 12 – 7 p.m.

The Hand by Wong Kar-wai
2006 / Hong Kong / Fiction / 56′

Hong Kong, 1960s. Zhang, a shy tailor, is fascinated by his imperious client, Miss Hua. As soon as he meets her, she seduces him to make sure he remembers her when he designs her clothes. After this first intimate encounter, a passionate relationship develops between the two…

Saturday April 13 – 2 p.m.

Le Banc de la désolation by Claude Chabrol
1976 / France / Fiction / 51′

Herbert Dodd has broken up with his fiancée, Kate Cookham. The young woman, implacable, took him to court and obtained substantial damages. Herbert Dodd’s entire life will now suffer the consequences of this heavy burden.

Wednesday April 10 – 8:30 p.m. / Saturday April 13 – 3:15 p.m.

La Tendre ennemie by Max Ophuls
1936 / France / Fiction / 62′

Annette celebrates her daughter’s engagement for a marriage of convenience. Three ghosts join the party: will they persuade Annette to allow her daughter to join the man she loves?