La cour de Babel

School of Babel

They come from Romania, Ukraine, Chile, Tunisia, Poland, China, Sri Lanka or Venezuela. The Grange-aux-Belles reception class in Paris welcomes non-French-speaking pupils to enable them to learn French, with the aim of joining the normal school curriculum the following year. Over the course of one year, filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli immersed herself in the day-to-day life of this atypical class. She shows the innocence, the enthusiasm and inner turmoil of these teenagers, caught in the midst of starting out on a new life.

Director's Biography
Julie Bertucelli, born 1968 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. She started her film career as an assistant director, working with internationally acclaimed filmmakers. She has also directed some highly regarded documentaries. Her feature debut, SINCE OTAR LEFT, which she wrote and directed, won several major awards including the Grand Prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival International Critcs’ Week. // Films (selected): UN MONDE EN FUSION (2001, doc), DEPUIS QU'OTAR EST PARTI... (Since Otar Left, 2003), THE TREE (2010), LA COUR DE BABEL (School of Babel, 2013, doc)
Arbeitswelten | Working Worlds 2014
Julie Bertuccelli
France 2013
89 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Cinematography Julie Bertuccelli
Editing Josiane Zardoya
Sound/Sounddesign Stephan Bauer, Benjamin Bober
Music Olivier Daviaud
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