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The Real Life
The Real Life
The Real Life
The Real Life
Prawdziwe życie według Simone Weil / La Vie Réelle (sans Défense)
dir. Arnaud Gerber, France/Germany, 2013, 77 mins
Section: Intimate Stories  ·  Competition: Canon Cinematography Award
Screening times
May 10 22:00, Kinoteka 2
May 11 19:00, Kinoteka 3
May 12 13:30, Kinoteka 1
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About the film

A philosophical film work based on the French philosopher Simone Weil’s thoughts, beautifully translated into grainy 16 mm footage from early modernism’s absolute center, Paris, and divided into chapters like stations on a night-time ride with the metro. In 1934, Weil decided to experience life among the workers of a Renault factory. Her notes were turned into the book “The Workers’ Condition”, which lucidly and constructively criticised not just the workers’ conditions, but also the more far-reaching consequences of industrialisation and 1930s capitalism. Weil’s historical criticism, however, becomes highly topical in today’s post-industrial social order, in its dialogue with Arnaud Gerber’s camera which turns the Parisian financial suburb and neo-liberal 1980s utopia of La Défense into an abstract image stream of lines and points, colours and reflections. “The Real Life” is an elegy both of a class, an intellectual position and a desire for political change, all of which seems to belong to a different era – and a work which in itself demonstrates that all three are alive and well. In spite of the current state of affairs, just like in Weil’s own time.


Reżyseria/Directed by: Arnaud Gerber
Zdjęcia/Cinematography by: Arnaud Gerber
Produkcja/Production: Arnaud Gerber

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