Open City Documentary Festival

April 2024
across London
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Treasure Island + Q&A

[1] Director Guillaume Brac, [3] Country France, [4] Duration 96, [7] Awards Karlovy Vary 2018, Jeonju 2019, Indie Lisboa 2019,

Set over the course of one long, hazy summer, Treasure Island is a sundrenched portrait of a private beach and water park in the socially disadvantaged suburbs of Paris. Guillaume Brac’s languorous camera drifts freely through the park’s beaches, lakes and trails, encountering an eclectic cast of characters: mischievous youngsters breaking into forbidden areas, Uber drivers catching a few hours of sun before the night shift, and teenage employees slacking off to flirt with customers. However, the tensions and pressures of city life never feel too far away and another, harsher world awaits beyond the park’s walls, when the summer ends.

UK Premiere

Followed by a Q&A with editor Karen Benainous

Read an essay on Treasure Island by Andrew Northrop

Guillaume Brac (France). Selected filmography: Le funambule (2006, short), Stranded (Le naufragé, 2009, short), A World Without Women (Un monde sans femmes, 2011, medium-length), Tonnerre (2013), Le Repos des braves (2016, short doc.), Contes de juillet (2017).”