We Nous

by Alice Diop

France
2020
115 min
French OV
Feature film
Documentary
Color
DCP

Alice Diop will be attending

Out of Competition 2021

Official synopsis

The RER B line takes commuters from the north to the south of Paris. The film offers a journey inside these indistinct places that are called suburbs. One encounters a mechanic at La Courneuve, some believers commemorating the death of Louis XVI at the Saint-Denis basilica, a nurse visiting her patients, the memory of young deportees in Drancy, children, young people enjoying the tranquility of summer, a writer in Gif-sur-Yvette, the follower of a hunting crew and the filmmaker who revisits the place where she spent her childhood. Each is part of a whole, a possible "We".

 

“The day after the march of January 11, 2015, which brought together two million people, following the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attacks, Libération enthusiastically headlined: “We are a people”. 


I, who had curiously felt alone in this crowd, wondered who were this "people" the newspaper was talking about? 


I believe that the desire for this film stems from this question formulated in these dire circumstances: what does "We" stand for?"


(Alice Diop)

The programmer’s eye

While people live in the same territory without understanding or speaking to each other, the director explores her intimate geography to visit the nooks with which she has failed to communicate. The film offers a stroll around the different stops of the RER B line, as well as an exploration of the director’s genesis. We had never seen the suburbs like this. “We” is theoretically very powerful, without ever instrumentalizing its protagonists as political or sociological concepts. What luck to be able to meet these people, their modesty, their dignity. I’m not getting over it.

— Natacha Seweryn

Biography and Filmography

After a Master’s Degree in History, which she obtained from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and a DESS in Visual Sociology, Alice Diop joined the documentary workshop of the Fémis. Since 2005, she has been making creative documentaries that were broadcast in international festivals (Cinéma du Réel, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, Viennale, etc.). In 2017, she won the César for Best Short Film for her film “Towards Tenderness” as well as the Grand Prix at the Brive Medium-Length Film Festival. The same year, she was awarded the Grand Prix of the French competition at the Cinéma du Réel Festival for her feature-length documentary “La Permanence”. Her latest film, “We”, won the award for Best Documentary Film at the Berlinale as well as the Grand Prix in the Encounters competition. Her first feature film, “Saint Omer”, written in collaboration with his editor Amrita David and author Marie NDiaye, is in post-production.

2020 - WE - Alice Diop - Director
2019 - OCÉAN - Océan - Screenwriter
2016 - LA PERMANENCE - Alice Diop - Director
2016 - RER B (Short) - Alice Diop - Director
2016 - TOWARDS TENDERNESS (Short) - Alice Diop - Director
2011 - LA MORT DE DANTON - Alice Diop - Director
2007 - LES SÉNÉGALAISES ET LA SÉNÉGAULOISE (Short) - Alice Diop - Director
2006 - CLICHY POUR L’EXEMPLE (Short) - Alice Diop - Director
2006 - LA TOUR DU MONDE (Short) - Alice Diop - Director

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After a Master’s Degree in History, which she obtained from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and a DESS in Visual Sociology, Alice Diop joined the documentary workshop of the Fémis. Since 2005, she has been making creative documentaries that were broadcast in international festivals (Cinéma du Réel, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, Viennale, etc.). In 2017, she won the César for Best Short Film for her film “Towards Tenderness” as well as the Grand Prix at the Brive Medium-Length Film Festival. The same year, she was awarded the Grand Prix of the French competition at the Cinéma du Réel Festival for her feature-length documentary “La Permanence”. Her latest film, “We”, won the award for Best Documentary Film at the Berlinale as well as the Grand Prix in the Encounters competition. Her first feature film, “Saint Omer”, written in collaboration with his editor Amrita David and author Marie NDiaye, is in post-production.

2020 - WE - Alice Diop - Director
2019 - OCÉAN - Océan - Screenwriter
2016 - LA PERMANENCE - Alice Diop - Director
2016 - RER B (Short) - Alice Diop - Director
2016 - TOWARDS TENDERNESS (Short) - Alice Diop - Director
2011 - LA MORT DE DANTON - Alice Diop - Director
2007 - LES SÉNÉGALAISES ET LA SÉNÉGAULOISE (Short) - Alice Diop - Director
2006 - CLICHY POUR L’EXEMPLE (Short) - Alice Diop - Director
2006 - LA TOUR DU MONDE (Short) - Alice Diop - Director