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A documentary by Juliette de Marcillac

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 69' min I French, English




Montgenèvre, an idyllic ski resort on the French-Italian border. On paper, the law allows refugees to apply for asylum upon arrival in France. In reality, many are turned back to Italy by the police without ever having the opportunity to file an application. To be able to continue their journey, people take higher and higher routes through the mountains, often risking their lives. On the French side, volunteers of all ages walk the paths every night to offer them help, and guide them to a refuge further down the valley. Nightwatchers provides a direct cinematic experience over one night in the mountains by their side.


Written & directed by Juliette de Marcillac

DOP & Sound: Florian Berthellot

Additional sound: Elton Rabineau

Editing: Marie Molino

Color Grading: Olivier Dassonville

Sound editing: Marion Papinot

Mixing: Thomas Besson

Music: Oiseaux-Tempête 

Produced by Claire Babany & Eléonore Boissinot


In coproduction with Lyon Capitale TV, 8 Mont Blanc, Division with the participation of Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Fonds Images de la Diversité – Agence Nationale de la Cohésion des territoires – CNC, with the support of Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with the participation of CNC, with the development support of Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, with the support of Un Monde Par Tous Foundation, Procirep – Société des Producteurs and Angoa, Brouillon d’un rêve de la Scam et du dispositif La Culture avec la Copie Privée. International Sales: Mediawan Rights.


Selected at IDFA Forum 2022 – Rough Cut Presentations

Selected at the Villa Médicis residency x Tënk 2022

Poster by Emmanuelle Dorot
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WORLD PREMIERE ! Visions du Réel 2023 (Nyon, Switzerland) Opening Film, Grand Angle Competition


Screenings: Friday April 21, 7:30pm and 9:30pm / Friday April 23, 4:30pm / Wednesday April 26, 4pm


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IDFA Asmterdam  "Best of Fest" 2023

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