Juliette Binoche collaborates with L’Idem Creative Arts School

By 17 November 2020 November 20th, 2020 No Comments

The renowned French actress Juliette Binoche has collaborated with L’Idem Creative Arts School in “Sous les pavés, la plage” production. The audiovisual project developed by 3rd year Audiovisual students of  our campus in France in collaboration with Memorial du Camps de Rivesaltes. This ongoing project will be part of the Festival of Memories, which is carried out with the support of the Occitanie Region.

Juliette Binoche is one of the most appreciated French actresses in international cinema. Various awards recognize her career, such as the Oscar for best supporting actress for the film “The English Patient“.

The genesis of this professional meeting

This year, the Memorial du Camps de Rivesaltes has entrusted the production of a short film to 20 third-year students of L’Idem France. Based on the motto “I am young and I have memory”, our students are developing “Sous les pavés, la plage.” A teamwork that involves different learning profiles of our school: students in higher education, audiovisual work and continuing professional training.

In the short film, students will analyze the role of cinema in two ways. On the one hand, the construction of memory. And, on the other hand, in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism. “Sous les pavés, la plage” will include the testimony of Lise Hanau. A volunteer hospitalized nurse at Camp de Rivesaltes in 1942 who saved many Jewish children from deportation. Juliette Binoche has been commissioned to read her moving testimony.

Filming with Juliette Binoche

Juliette Binoche is one of those women who mark her step both in the cinema and in her interviews. In fact, she does not miss the opportunity to defend the causes that surround her. In particular, the defense of freedoms and the fight against exclusion. She immediately accepted the invitation to take part in the filming, which took place at the Cinephase studios in Vanves.

In the context of confinement currently in force in France, L’Idem France team has had few personnel for filming. This has not prevented all the students in the Audiovisual section from being able to follow the filming by streaming. In this way, a shooting has been carried out behind closed doors. The set has managed to create an intimate and welcoming environment conducive to reflection and the duty of memory. A set and post-sync recording session, carefully prepared by L’Idem France students Orlane Ritzenthaler, Anthony Rodrigues and Laury Morosi. L’Idem France teachers Bernard Giglio, Albert Oriol and Thierry Le Strat have been supervising theyr work.

“Moved by the text of this volunteer intern, Juliette Binoche could not hold back her tears at the time of the first reading,” Orlane Ritzenthaler told us. Our student is a huge fan of the actress. “Her enthusiasm for sponsoring our project, her sensitivity to injustice and her great generosity in front of the camera make her an exceptional woman and actress.” -She added- “We are infinitely grateful for her involvement in the project.”


Rencontres cinématographiques Écrans / Mémoires

Since 2017, the Rencontres cinématographiques Écrans / Mémoires have presented a four-day program in which they invite you to reflect on the past, the present and the way of thinking about the future. Through screenings, readings, film-concerts and multiple moments of discussion, they narrate the history of the different populations that passed through the Rivesaltes camp.
Starting from the consideration of cinema in particular and the arts in general as bulwarks against forgetting, these meetings offer a space for dialogue around collective and individual memory.
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