Gare du Nord

At the Gare du Nord, Paris, anything can come along, even trains. We’d like to stay but we have to hurry on… Like the thousands of lives that intersect at the station, Ismaël, Mathilde, Sacha and Joan will meet there. Every day, Ismaël is dazzled, fascinated and exhausted by the place. He sees Mathilde for the first time on a suburban train platform. They gradually fall in love. They meet Sacha and Joan. Sacha is looking for her missing daughter while Joan spends her life in the station between Lille, London and Paris. The station is a world apart, frequented by everyone: the French, immigrants, emigrants, travelers and ghosts. It’s an intersection where each life passes quickly and vanishes.

Director's Biography
Claire Simon, born 1955 in London, Great Britain, grew up in the south of France. She taught herself filmmaking, gaining experience by working as an editor and directing short films in an entirely independent way. She specialized in direct cinema, made several documentaries, and in 1997 made her first feature film SINON, OUI. GARE DU NORD was screened at the 66th Locarno Film Festival in 2013. // Films (selected): ÇA BRÛLE (2006), LES BUREAUX DE DIEU (God's Offices, 2008), GÉOGRAPHIE HUMAINE (Human Geography, 2013, doc; CE '14), GARE DU NORD (2013)
European Panorama Fiction 2014
Claire Simon
France / Canada 2013
119 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Claire Simon, Shirel Amitay, Olivier Lorelle
Cinematography Claire Simon, Richard Copans, Laurent Bourgeat
Editing Julien Lacheray
Sound/Sounddesign Thierry Morlaas
Music Marc Ribot
With Nicole Garcia, Reda Kateb, François Damiens, Monia Chokri
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