Atelier de Conversation, Open City Documentary Festival
Bernhard Braunstein / 2017 / Austria/France/Liechtenstein / 72'


Once a week in Paris a group of individuals from all corners of the world meet in a small room at Centre Pompidou to participate in free French lessons. Asylum seekers, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, and students sit side-by-side and immerse themselves in polite, if stilted, conversation. However, tensions and misunderstandings occur as the nuances which each participant attempts to express become lost as they struggle to access the language. But despite their differences - and linguistic limitations - the disparate group of strangers in a foreign land find, in the small gestures and subtle looks between the words, a way towards understanding.

Minimalist in form, rigorous in its aesthetic yet surprisingly tender and humane, with great warmth and humour, Braunstein’s film reveals those elusive moments where communication moves beyond the spoken word.

A Q&A with director Bernhard Braunstein will follow the screening.

Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Atelier de conversation + Q&A

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 18:00
£12, concs £7/£8/£11
If you like this you might also like:
Spectres Are Haunting Europe, Open City Documentary Festival

Spectres are Haunting Europe

Sat 09 September / 20:30
Regent Street Cinema
Calabria, Open City Documentary Festival

Calabria + Q&A

Sat 09 September / 15:00
Regent Street Cinema


Bernhard Braunstein, Dominik Tschütscher

Production Company

Schaller 08, Supersonicglide

Film Website