Alain Gomis

Filmmaker

November → December 2021

Réalisateur Gomis, debout avec les mains derrière le dos devant un fond noir

Andolfi/Granit/Cinekap

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  • New York
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC
  • Los Angeles
“Rather than simply exploring a difference, I try to find and enrich the familiar things within that difference – faces or stories that are familiar to me. The challenge lies in attaining that shared space through perception, avoiding determinism.”
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I think I’ve always wanted to make films. The subjects come to me very organically, because they are the kind of things I want to see in the communal space I believe cinema to be, a space of shared intimacy.

 

Rather than simply exploring a difference, I try to find and enrich the familiar things within that difference – faces or stories that are familiar to me. The challenge lies in attaining that shared space through perception, avoiding determinism.

 

I try to construct open spaces, which is why Thelonious Monk’s experience appealed to me. This residency will allow me to continue researching for my film, Sphere, about this renowned pianist and true American jazz legend.

 

Alain Gomis is an award-winning French-Senegalese filmmaker whose work has been shown at major international festivals. In 2002, his first film, “As a Man,” on the struggles of migrants in France, won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. His next films (“Andalucia” in 2007 and “Today” in 2011) were shown at the Venice Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. His latest film, “Félicité”, was awarded the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival and won Gomis his second FESPACO Golden Stallion. He is currently working on a fiction film loosely based on American jazz legend Thelonious Monk.

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