Les hommes du port

by Alain Tanner, Italy, 1994
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After 40 years Alain Tanner again travels to the port of Genoa, where he worked for a shipping company as a 22-year-old. On the back of his own memories he depicts the rough world of the dockworkers, another of those trades that has undergone fundamental changes as a result of recessions, modernisation and liberalisation. «The visual impression of the harbour and the city has changed very little, but what goes on there nowadays is completely different. The city is still as beautiful and alien and somewhat sad as before. But the port is dying, like so many other major ports. In Genoa, as elsewhere in Italy, the economic, social and political climate is highly explosive. But you also feel that things are in flow and the country is on the verge of some far-reaching changes. In this film I wanted to explore my own memories of Genoa, uncover its present and guess at its future. Genoa, this beautiful, this sad, this alien town has become for me a metaphor for society in change.»

Festivals & awards

Cinéma du Réel, Paris séances spéciales
Potsdam Film Festival
Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dunkerque
Nyon compétition
Solothurn Filmtage
Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film
Cine Suizo para América Latina - Medellín
Ecocinema Festival
Minneapolis St. Paul

San Francisco Film Festival

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Credits

Original TitleLes hommes du port
TitleLes hommes du port
Directed byAlain Tanner
CountryItaly
Year1994
ScreenplayAlain Tanner
Film EditingMonica Goux
SoundtrackArvo Pärt
CinematographyDenis Jutzeler
SoundHenri MaĂŻkoff
Costumes
Production Design
ProductionLes Films du Cyclope, Thelma Films
FormatsDVD, DCP
Runtime64 min.
LanguageItalienisch, Französisch/d+f+e+i+sp+pt
CastDokumentarfilm

Credits

Original TitleLes hommes du port
TitleLes hommes du port
Directed byAlain Tanner
CountryItaly
Year1994
ScreenplayAlain Tanner
Film EditingMonica Goux
SoundtrackArvo Pärt
CinematographyDenis Jutzeler
SoundHenri MaĂŻkoff
Costumes
Production Design
ProductionLes Films du Cyclope, Thelma Films
FormatsDVD, DCP
Runtime64 min.
LanguageItalienisch, Französisch/d+f+e+i+sp+pt
CastDokumentarfilm

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«Ein Dokument des Widerstands, ein direkter und ungekünstelter Blick auf ein Stück Wirklichkeit und zugleich auf ein Stück Utopie in Augenhöhe.» Zoom

«Alain Tanners erster Dokumentarfilm seit vielen Jahren strahlt die gelassene Souveränität eines alten Meisters aus; klassisch gebaut, ruhig erzählt, ganz der Kraft einer stringenten Argumentation vertrauend.» Tages-Anzeiger

«Wahres Kino.» Libération

«LES HOMMES DU PORT, un film vif et enlevé malgré le poids des charges - conteneurs et cargos monstres - qu'on y déplace. Réflexion sur le monde du travail et reflet de l'ambiance de cet univers de dockers, de la sensation de liberté qu'ils éprouvent à faire ce métier qui se transmet de père en fils, il vit de la dignité qui émane de ces hommes, de leur beauté captivante, mais aussi de leurs paroles qui, sans grands discours, vont à l'essentiel. Et si ce film ne tombe pas dans le piège du cliché nostalgique, c'est grâce à l'art du cinéaste qui sait faire le lien entre l'expérience des dockers et son propre travail. (...) Un film qui fait du bien.» Walter Ruggle, Tages-Anzeiger