International Competition


Alice Diop
Screening time  
08.04. / Friday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 4 Ticket
09.04. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3 Ticket

The RER B is an urban train that traverses Paris and its environs from north to south. Alice Diop takes us through these suburban spaces and confronts us with some of the faces and stories of which they are composed. It is subtle and shrewd in a world which favours shortcuts and easy answers. Justifiably adopting the fragmented structure of a patchwork portrait in order to describe a riven society, Diop displays impressive control of her essay and its impact. Divisions haunt France’s present. But the human urge to give, as well as to receive, stubbornly creeps into every situation, observed or triggered. Could this be the one thing that still keeps a nation together?

*cover photo © Sarah Blum


Alice Diop

Alice Diop was born in Paris suburb, France. Her films, which question French society and its cultural diversity, have screened at festivals including Cinéma du Réel in Paris, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, the Viennale and the documentary film festival in Lussas, France. Her feature-length documentary La Permanence won the main prize at Cinéma du Réel while her short film Vers la Tendresse won the 2017 César French film prize for Best Short Film.

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2021, 115'

Directed by:
Alice Diop

Screenplay by:
Alice Diop

Sarah Blum, Sylvain Verdet, Clément Alline

Edited by:
Amrita David

Sophie Salbot

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Berlinale: Encounters Award; Documentary Award (2021)
DokuFest: International Dox Award (2021)
Visions du Réel (2021)
Karlovy Vary IFF (2021)
Indielisboa (2021)
IDFA (2021)


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