Press 24 OCT 2018

"Manu" by Emmanuelle Bonmariage in Competition at IDFA

The International Documentary Filmfestival of Amsterdam has revealed its selection this Wednesday October 24th. Manu, directed by Emmanuelle Bonmariage, will be part of the First Appearance competition programme.

Competing for the best feature debut of the 31st IDFA, Manu tells the story of Manu Bonmariage, a Belgian filmmaker known as the spiritual father of the Strip-tease show, who now has Alzheimer’s at 76. Although his memory plays tricks on him, his daughter Emmanuelle goes back in time to portray a direct cinema filmmaker who was always close to the characters he so loved to film.

After studying communications at IHECS, Manu Bonmariage first worked as cameraman in film, then as cameraman-reporter at the Belgian public broadcaster (RTBF). It was there that he took part in Pierre Manuel and Jean-Jacques Péché’s Faits divers show (the precursor of the TV show Strip-tease). At 38, he became a director himself and today is the author of over 80 films, many of them from Striptease, the show that made him famous. He was also the director of Allo Police and Les Amants d’assises. Passionate about his work, Manu Bonmariage used to film close to people in their everyday lives and in their struggles. His documentaries were shown worldwide being regularly awarded in festivals.

Produced by Clin d’Oeil Films, Manu is Emmanuelle Bonmariage’s debut. Trained actress, she started out going between cinema and theater, playing her first roles in short films, television and feature films. For several years, she also played in various youth theater companies.

Interested in acting, role play, humans, Emmanuelle directed many workshops and theater trainings for different audiences : migrants, future teachers, future childcare workers, children… Meanwhile, she wrote and recorded the play Le soleil luit pour tout le monde (The Sun Shines for Everyone) and took part in several collective writings. She co-authored two short films and a feature film with Laurent Brandenbourger, Si je t’attrape, je te tue, which is a docufiction project in development.

In coproduction with CBA – Centre Bruxellois de l’Audiovisuel, RTBF (Belgian Teleradio) & CANVAS, Manu has received the support of Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), The Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter Empowered by Belfius and King Baudouin Foundation.

During this 2018 IDFA's edition, Separation, vivid dreams will also be presented. Co-produced by Nameless Production and directed by Bonaja Radulović, this short film will compete in the PARADOCS section. The story takes us to the Balkans. Uprooted, although at home, director Bonaja Radulović is at the mercy of international events and political changes, such as her childhood home in Montenegro. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles and Wallonie Image Production.

It’s worth noting that the new documentary by Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez By the Name of Tania will take part in the IDFA Forum. It is one of the main co-financing and co-production markets for European documentary creation, organized alongside the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam. Currently editing, By the Name of Tania tells us the story of a teenage girl forced into prostitution in the gold mines area in Peru. The film is coproduced by Atelier Dérives, BALDR Film, the Centre Bruxellois de l’Audiovisuel (CBA) and supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles.

Since its launch in 1988, IDFA has been one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals. It attracts every year more than 150.000 visitors and 2.500 guests. Dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of ground-breaking creative documentaries, the festival presents more than 250 films over an eleven-day period. This year, it will take place from November 14 to 25.