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’ils reposent 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.

 

Filmography

  • 2014 Vers Madrid – The Burning Bright
  • 2012 Les nuées
  • 2011 Les éclats (mas gueule, ma révolte, mon nom) The Out-Bursts (My Mouth, My Revolt, My Name)
  • 2010 Qu’ils reposent en révolte (des figures de guerres I)
  • 2009 L’Impossible – pages arrachées
  • 2008 No Border (Aspettavo che scendesse la sera)
  • 2008 N’entre pas sans violence dans la nuit
  • 2007 Un homme idéal (Fragments K.)
  • 2006 Europe année 06 (Fragments Ceuta)