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Due to lack of open cinemas, the “Best of Doc” festival presents its selection online


Closed since October 2020, cinemas offer online film screenings, at a fixed time, as well as in theaters. In this way, the “Best of Doc” festival presents its selection of the most outstanding recent documentaries.

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The “Best of Doc” festival, 100% online, starts on Wednesday March 3rd. The opportunity to see or see again Teenage girls by Sebastien Lifshitz, in the running for six César including that of best film, Monrovia Indiana by American documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman or To be alive and to know it Alain Cavalier or M by Yolande Zaubermanpour. A selection of the best documentaries of 2019 and 2020 to be found online, in video on demand on the La Toile platform, but also via paid virtual screenings offered by cinemas, at a fixed time, as in a theater, and hosted on the La 25e hour website, linked to local cinemas.

Due to the lack of rooms open since the end of October, several cinemas have converted to this mode of distribution. “In face-to-face programming, outside school holidays, I have 38 weekly sessions, during holidays at 44. In my virtual room, it’s infinite: currently I sometimes have 70 weekly sessions, which would be impossible to do in two face-to-face rooms “, notes Jean-Serge Pennetier, the director-programmer of Jean-Vigo in Genevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine).

To allow exchanges, contact and interactivity, live meetings with the directors are also scheduled. This is particularly the case with the “Best of Doc” festival.

Best of Doc, online documentary film festival: report by Matteu Maestracci

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