Human Geography

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    Human Geography

    Géographie humaine

    Directed by

    France

    2013

    105 min

    • French
    • English

    Documentary

    Gare du Nord in Paris is a transit station for all those coming from the suburbs, the provinces or abroad. Accompanied by Simon Mérabet, the son of Algerian immigrants from the Var, GEOGRAPHIE HUMAINE offers a series of brief meetings with individuals who recount their lives in just a few words before disappearing to take their trains. The crowd of passengers is embodied in these stories, one life after another, and we see how globalization fashions individual destinies, subject to geographical and economic pressures.

    Awards

    • Fedeora Award for Documentaries - Crossing Europe FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Simon Mérabet
    Screenplay
    Claire Simon
    Cinematography
    Claire Simon
    Editing
    Luc Forveille
    Catherine Rascon
    Music
    Miles Davis
    Production
    LES FILMS D'ICI
    Claire Simon

    Claire Simon

    France

    Born in London in 1955, Claire Simon has made several short films, including LA POLICE (1988) and SCENES DE MENAGE (1991). She has also directed documentaries such as LES PATIENTS (1989) and MIMI, which screened at Berlin IFF in 2003. In 1997 she made her first fiction feature, A FOREIGN BODY, which was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes, as were her subsequent films CA BRULE (2006) and GOD'S OFFICES (2008). In 2013 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY and GARE DU NORD were both selected for Locarno. In 2015 she returned to Locarno with her feature documentary THE WOODS DREAMS ARE MADE OF. Her film THE GRADUATION (2016) was screened at various festivals and won the Best Documentary on Cinema at the Venice IFF.

    Selected Filmography