Manu

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    Manu

    Directed by

    Belgium

    2018

    92 min

    • French

    Documentary

    The Belgian documentary filmmaker Manu Bonmariage is among the pioneers of European direct cinema, famous for cult programs like Strip-Tease and films like Allô Police or Les Amants d’Assise. In Manu, his daughter Emmanuelle takes us on a playful and intimate journey through his life and work. Along the way, father and daughter engage in lively discussions about life, fatherhood and filmmaking. Manu, who has always preferred to hide behind the camera—his “lifelong mistress” as he calls it—finally opens up and shares his memories, secrets and fears. At 77, the audacious filmmaker has lost nothing of his wit, stubbornness and keenly observing mind. Both tender and fierce, the dialogue between father and daughter results in a cheerful reflexion on film, authenticity, human ethics and memory. And though he suffers from Alzheimer’s, Manu relentlessly shoots a forthcoming film project and succeeds in creating a tragicomic edge to his illness.

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    Cinematography
    Léo Lefèvre
    Joachim Philippe
    Chris Renson  
    Editing
    Luc Plantier
    Music
    Sacha Toorop
    Production
    CLIN D'OEIL FILMS
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    Emmanuelle Bonmariage

    Emmanuelle Bonmariage

    Belgium

    Emmanuelle Bonmariage is a trained actrice. She started out going between cinema and theatre, playing her first roles in short films, like MON PAPA D’AMÉRIQUE by Daniel Hiquet. She also held small roles in television and feature films and many times took part in the acting work directed by Benoît Lamy at the IAD Film School. She also lent her voice to radio news broadcasts at the RTBF (Belgian Teleradio). For several years, she played in various youth theatre companies. Some of these plays toured for several seasons in Belgium, France and Switzerland. At the same time, she participated in scenario writing workshops led by Louis Dominique Lavigne, Veronike Mabardi and Luc Jabon. Emmanuelle Bonmariage wrote and recorded the play Le soleil luit pour tout le monde (The Sun Shines for Everyone) and took part in several collective writings. She co-authored two short films, Les provisions / Contre sens and adopted the dialogues for the animated film Couleur de peau miel. Her interest in writing continues with the writing of a feature film with Laurent Brandenbourger, Si je t’attrape, je te tue. A docufiction project is in development. She is part of the theatrical reading groupe Lumières pour enfants combined with a philosophical discussion (training with Martine Nolis). MANU (2018) is her first film.