Journal de France (2012)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 40m
  • 2012

Travelling alone, internationally acclaimed photographer and film-maker Raymond Depardon spent six years capturing his home country with a large format camera. This long, solitary road trip provided fertile ground for the creation – with his long-time partner and collaborator Claudine Nougaret – of an extraordinary travel journal. The journey returned Depardon to important places from his past as a reporter – Chad, Venice, Cannes – and to a wealth of previously unseen footage from his archive – an interview with Jean-Bedel Bokassa, film of Jean Luc Godard, extraordinary glimpses of private and public life. Intimate, compelling, revelatory, “Journal de France” offers a unique portrait of a country and its landscapes, and overview of a truly remarkable career, and a fascinating resume of the art of photography over the past half century.