A documentary by Juliette de Marcillac
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
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.
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