The Woods Dreams Are Made Of

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    The Woods Dreams Are Made Of

    Le Bois dont les rêves sont faits

    Directed by

    France, Switzerland

    2015

    144 min

    • French

    Documentary

    Like an accessible form of Paradise Lost, weekend trips to the woods offer a concentrated dose of well-being and a refuge in nature. A place where all life’s possibilities enjoy the right to exist, a place for all, rich and poor, French and foreign, gay and straight, old and young, old-fashioned or trendy, a mirage dreamed up by the exhausted urban dweller. The woods as an island in the urban fabric, a place where the hardships of living in the city fall silent. A place to recover, to play and have fun, to dream. Over the course of the seasons, sharing with others as many utopias as can be dreamed up by as many individuals.

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    Credits

    Cinematography
    Claire Simon
    Aurélien Py
    Rémi Jennequin
    Pierre-Hubert Martin
    Quentin Guichard
    Prisca Bourgoin
    Editing
    Luc Forveille
    Music
    Paolo Fresu
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    Press

    A documentary that is profound and, at the same time, carries with it a liberating lightness.

    Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa

    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.

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