L’Impossible – pages arrachées

Dir: Sylvain George
104' . 16mm e 8mm . 2009 . França


Under the auspices of Rimbaud, Lautréamont, Dostoïevski, Kafka and Benjamin,feez jazz and punk, this film testifies to the iniquitous policies that have shaped our time, the “hellish” character of some political lives or enslaved-bodies (those of migrants/immigrants, workers, the unemployed, students…).

Rating 14 years

Sylvain George

Born in 1968 in France. He studied philosophy, political science and law before becoming a director at the age of 38. In contrast to the immediacy allowed by digital technology, Sylvain took around 20 years between the idea and making his first audiovisual project.And it is perhaps in all that time of reflection where part of the strength of his filmmaking lies.

Once a social worker, he was born for contemporary cinema in 2009 when he presented his feature,L’impossible, at FID Marseille. The following year, ate the same festival, he presented Qu’ilsreposent en révolte (2010), which developed a theme that was present in his previous film: a portrait, in high-contrast black and white, of Calais, where immigrants from all over Africa joined up in the hope of crossing the English Channel and reaching the United Kingdom.

Far removed from any ‘tics’ of social cinema loaded with uncritical sentimentalism, George’s work combines militancy with a flight from documentary realism. Combining the reflective gaze of someone who has thought a lot before picking up the camera, with the violence and urgency of someone who knows that the position of the camera is very similar to that held by someone shooting a weapon, Sylvain shows ins his films an overwhelming and surprising vigor.

Check out the filmography of Sylvain George


Production company: Noir Production
Script: Sylvian George
Cinematography: Sylvian George
Sound: Sylvian George
Editor: Sylvian George
Cast: Lionel Soukaz, Tripak

Festivals and Awards

  • FID Marseille 2009
  • CPH:DOX 2009
  • Viennale 2010
  • BAFICI 2010
  • Festival de Avignon 2011
  • Lima Independiente 2013
  • Festival de Milão 2013
  • (entre outros/among others)