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Clément Cogitore
Screening time  
27.02. / Wednesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 5  
28.02. / Thursday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 4  
In the middle of the Siberian taiga, 450 miles from the nearest village we meet two feuded families: the Braguines and the Kilines.

In the middle of the Siberian taiga, 450 miles from the nearest village live two families: the Braguines and the Kilines. Not a single road leads there. A long trip on the Ienissei River, first by boat, then by helicopter, is the only way to reach Braguino. Self-sufficient, both families live there according to their own rules and principles. In the middle of the village – a barrier. The two families refuse to speak. In the river sits an island, where another community is being built: that of the children. Free, unpredictable, wild. The fear of the other, of wild beasts, and the joy offered by the immensity of the forest, reveals a cruel tale in which tensions and fear give shape to the geography of an ancestral conflict.


Clément Cogitore

Clément Cogitore is a French contemporary artist and director born in 1983 in Colmar, lives and works between Paris and Strasbourg. He directed three short films, which screened and won awards at the film festivals such as Locarno or Cannes. His work has been the subject of regular exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, MoMA in New York, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the European Center for Contemporary Artistic Actions in Strasbourg. In 2015, his first feature film, The Wakhan Front (Neither Heaven nor Earth), was selected for the Cannes Critics' Week, where it was awarded the Gan Foundation Prize. In 2018, he was awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize for Contemporary Arts.

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France, Finland
2017, 50'

Directed by:
Clément Cogitore

Screenplay by:
Clément Cogitore

Sylvain Verdet

Edited by:
Pauline Gaillard

Eric Bentz

Bonin Cédric

Produced by:
Seppia Film

Festivals & Awards:

César Awards 2019 – nomination Best Short Film; FIDMarseille 2018 – Special Mention of the International Competition, Special Mention of the High School Students Prize; Dokufest 2018 – Special Mention; IndieLisboa 2018 –  Best Short Film; Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2018 – Special Jury Mention; International Cinephile Society Awards 2018 – Best Picture Not Released in 2017; Moscow International Documentary Film Festival; DOKer 2018 – Jury Prize, Special Mention; Valdivia International Film Festival 2018 – Jury Special Mention; San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017 – Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award; Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2017; Busan IFF 2017