Regional Competition

Atelier de conversation

Bernhard Bernard
Screening time  
27.02. / Tuesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 1  
01.03. / Thursday, 13:00 - 14:30 Theatre 1  
03.03. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5  
People from all over the world meet on a weekly basis at the Atelier de conversation of the Bibliothèque publique d’information located in the Centre Pompidou in Paris to practice their French.

Refugees of war sit together with businessmen, easy-going students next to victims of political persecution. As diverse as its members might be, they have one goal in common that connects all of them: to learn the language and find companions while living abroad – if not to survive living abroad. At this hopeful place social and cultural borders dissolve. People, who otherwise would never be in touch, meet eye to eye.


Bernhard Bernard

Bernhard Braunstein is born in 1979, in Salzburg, Austria. He is documentarist, editor, and camera operator, graduated in communication sciences from the University of Salzburg and now resides in both Austria and France. Since 2003, when he and Martin Hasenöhrl shot the student documentary Kopfbahnhof, he has co-directed several short and mid-length movies: Reisen im eigenen Zimmer (2006), Pharao Bipolar (2008), Sleeping Image (2013), and The Benevolent Dictator (2016). Atelier de conversation (2017) is his feature-length documentary debut.

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Atelier de conversation

Austria, France, Liechtenstein
2017, 72'

Directed by:
Bernhard Bernard

Screenplay by:
Bernhard Braunstein

Adrien Lecouturier

Edited by:
Roland Stöttinger

Lucile Chaufour

Bernhard Braunstein, Dominik Tschütscher

Produced by:
schaller08, Supersonicglide

Festivals & Awards:

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017 – Special Jury Award; Cinéma du Réel 2017