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THE APOLLO OF GAZA

Nicolas Wadimoff
2018 | 78 min

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  • Official Selection Locarno Festival - Semaine de la critique 2018

  • Official SelectionDok Leipzig 2018

  • Official SelectionRIDM 2018


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Nicolas Wadimoff
Director
Biography
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Nicolas Wadimoff

Nicolas Wadimoff is a Swiss-born writer, director and producer who divides his time between Montreal and Geneva. He studied film in Montreal and in 1990 directed his first documentary, Le Bol, which was selected for the Locarno Festival. In 1991, Wadimoff released his second documentary, Les gants d’or d’Akka, shot in Israel and featuring a Palestinian boxer. After doing reportage for Swiss Romansh television, he returned to Quebec, where he co-directed his first feature drama, Stowaways, with Denis Chouinard. The film met with great critical success and won awards at many international festivals, including Locarno and Namur. The made-for-TV films 15, rue des Bains and Kadogo, l’enfant soldat followed, along with another feature drama (Mondialito) and the documentary Alinghi: The Inside Story.

Sensitive to the political situation in the Middle East, Wadimoff organized a series of documentary workshops for young Palestinian filmmakers. A resulting collection of five short films called My Home was shown at the Visions du réel festival in 2005. That same year, his documentary L’accord, on the Geneva Accord, screened at Locarno and at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) before being broadcast on Télé-Québec. The film was followed by Palestine, Summer 2006, a collection of 13 short films co-produced with the Palestinian Filmmakers’ Collective.

From 2007 to 2009, Wadimoff focused on producing, concurrently supporting numerous projects, including 5 Minutes from Home by Nahed Awwad, Dowaha by Raja Amari and Fix Me by Raed Andoni, that would go on to be selected by some of the world’s most prestigious festivals.

In 2009, right after the end of the Gaza War, he directed the documentary Aisheen (Still Alive in Gaza). It won an award at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and screened at more than two dozen other festivals, including Visions du réel and Hot Docs in Toronto. His next project, Opération Libertad, enjoyed its world premiere at the 2012 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, then screened at Locarno and in commercial theatres. In 2013, Wadimoff co-directed the TV documentary Chasseurs de crimes with Juan José Lozano. He immediately followed that project with the 2014 social-issue documentary Spartans. Shot in the neighbourhoods of northern Marseilles, it highlights Yvan Sorel, who runs a martial arts club and—in his own way—fights against poverty and violence. The feature-length doc was honoured as the closing film at the 2014 RIDM festival, won the prestigious Prix de Soleure at the 2015 Solothurn Film Festival, and took home awards at Palm Springs and Amsterdam, before going on to theatrical releases in Switzerland, Quebec, and France.

Wadimoff’s next documentary, Jean Ziegler: The Optimism of Willpower, focused on the charismatic Ziegler, following him to Geneva, Algiers, Berlin, and Cuba. The film had its world premiere at Locarno, and was released in theatres in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and France.

With his latest film, The Apollo of Gaza, co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Wadimoff returned to Palestine in 2017. It is a region particularly close to his heart—a part of the world whose complex realities he’s borne witness to through many personal projects and collaborations.


Philippe Coeytaux
Producer (AKKA Films)
Biography
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Photo : Karine Sudan


Philippe Coeytaux

Swiss producer Philippe Coeytaux was born in 1965 and is based in Geneva. After high school, he studied business administration and law. From 1989 to 1993, he was a member of the Geneva artist-run cultural centre L’Usine. In 1992, at Documenta IX in Kassel, he co-founded Universcity TV, the first interactive television network, acquired by CanalWeb in 1999. In addition to working as a producer, he wrote a column on new technologies for Le Journal de Genève and PME Magazine. From 1994 to 1996, he was the general coordinator of DigiMedia, an international media convergence conference co-organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Eurêka Audiovisuel and the University of Geneva MIRALab.

In 1997, Coeytaux co-authored a book entitled Demain, j’arrête d’aller faire les courses: Comment devenir cyberconsommateur (Georg Editeur). In 1998, he began working in film as a production assistant, location manager and production manager. During this period, he worked on a number of dramas, made-for-TV films and music videos. In 2007, he was hired as a television producer by Saatchi & Saatchi. Three years later, he became Saatchi’s head of television production, producing or overseeing more than a hundred ads for major international customers.

In 2014, he left Saatchi to return to fiction and documentary. He produced two films by Frédéric Choffat, Les coulisses de l’événement – Terminus Brig (Prix Louise-Weiss 2016) and Non assistance. The latter screened in the official competition at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH). With Palmyre Badinier and Nicolas Wadimoff, Coeytaux co-produced Ghost Hunting, directed by Raed Andoni (Best Documentary, 2017 Berlin International Film Festival) and with Sereina Gabathuler, L’aventure Bolex by Alyssa Bolsey. Having produced the made-for-TV film L’alerte, directed by Moïra Pitteloud, he’s currently developing a series for RTS.

His most recent production, The Apollo of Gaza by Nicolas Wadimoff, will have its world premiere at the Locarno Festival’s Semaine de la critique.


Colette Loumède
Executive Producer (NFB)
Biography
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Colette Loumède

Colette Loumède began her career at the Coop Vidéo de Montréal, a group that has had a significant impact on Quebec cinema. Alongside Robert Morin, Lorraine Dufour, Jean-Pierre St-Louis, Louis Bélanger and others, she learned every aspect of the film trade long before becoming the veteran producer she is today.

Currently the head of the French Program Documentary Studio at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Loumède is known for producing documentaries that stand out for both their subject matter and artistry. Her productions have screened at many of the world’s top festivals, including Hot Docs, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Berlin International Film Festival, Visions du réel, Sundance, and the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM).

Loumède’s work is driven by a desire to produce films with meaningful content by auteurs intent on addressing the important issues of the day. She has worked with Serge Giguère, Richard Desjardins, Patricio Henriquez, Hugo Latulippe, Benoît Pilon, Sophie Deraspe, Zaynê Akyol, Claude Demers, Jean-François Caissy and many other contemporary Quebec directors.

Over the course of her career, Loumède has collaborated with a wide range of groups and people. She was responsible for analyzing documentary projects for SODEC, Quebec’s public film-financing body, and founded and led the documentary program at the Institut national de l’image et du son de Montréal (INIS), Quebec’s foremost professional cinema training institute. She is actively involved with the Documentary Network, RIDM and other festivals across multiple genres, and has regularly served on panels, juries, and many domestic and international platforms devoted to promoting auteur documentary.

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Credits

A film by
NICOLAS WADIMOFF

In collaboration with
BÉATRICE GUELPA

With

JEAN-BAPTISTE HUMBERT
WALEED AL-AQQAD
JAWDAT ABU GHURAB
NAFEZ ABED
JAWDAT KHOUDARY
HEYAM AL-BITAR
SOFIANE SALMAN
GIL CHAYA
FADEL AL-OTOL
TANIA COHEN-UZZIELLI
JEAN-MICHEL DE TARRAGON
ARCHBISHOP ALEXIOS
MARC-ANDRÉ HALDIMANN
MOHAMMAD KHALLA
SAMI ABU SALEM
SAMI AJRAMI

Produced by
COLETTE LOUMÈDE – NFB
PHILIPPE COEYTAUX – AKKA FILMS

Images
FRANCK RABEL

Sound
CARLOS IBANEZ DIAZ

Editing
CHRISTINE HOFFET

Narration
BRUNO TODESCHINI

Sound Design
BENOÎT DAME

Music
CLAUDE FRADETTE

Editing Consultant
KARINE SUDAN

Additional Images
NICOLAS WADIMOFF
SYLVESTRE GUIDI

Assistant Director – Gaza
AYA EL-ZINATI

Driver – Gaza
HAMAN AHMED

Production Manager – AKKA Films
SÉVERINE PISANI

Technical Advisor – Camera
STEVE HALLÉ

Translation and Subtitles
NAÏMA BACHIRI
CNST

Transcription
KENZA WADIMOFF
LÉO TARAZI

Editing Assistants
MYKYTA KRYVOSCHEIEV
PHILIPPE LEFEBVRE
ARIANE TURMEL-CHÉNARD

Technical Support – Editing
PIERRE DUPONT
ISABELLE PAINCHAUD
PATRICK TRAHAN

Infographics and Titles
MÉLANIE BOUCHARD

Online Editing
YANNICK CARRIER

Sound Editing
JÉRÉMIE JONES

Foley
STÉPHANE CADOTTE

Foley Recording
LUC LÉGER

Narration Recording
FREESTUDIOS
MAXENCE CIEKAWY
XAVIER LAVOREL

Re-recording
SERGE BOIVIN

Camera Equipment
VISUALS SWITZERLAND
PHILIPPE ROMI

Sound Equipment
TECHNIQUES CINÉMA
CARLOS IBANEZ DIAZ

A special thanks to ALEXANDRE DOMINGUE
and POST-MODERNE for their support

Co-produced by
RTS –  RADIO TÉLÉVISION SUISSE
UNITÉ DES FILMS DOCUMENTAIRES
IRÈNE CHALLAND
GASPARD LAMUNIÈRE

SRG SSR
SVEN WÄLTI
GREGORY CATELLA

With the support of
OFFICE FÉDÉRAL DE LA CULTURE (OFC)

With the participation of
CINÉFOROM

and the support of
LOTERIE ROMANDE
SUCCÈS PASSAGE ANTENNE SRG SSR
SUISSIMAGE

With the support of
FONDS D’ENCOURAGEMENT À L’EMPLOI DES INTERMITTENTS GENEVOIS (FEEIG) – ACTION INTERMITTENTS

Legal Advisor
CHRISTIAN PITCHEN

Press Relations
NADINE VIAU

Marketing Manager
FRANÇOIS JACQUES

assisted by
JOLÈNE LESSARD

Administrator
SIA KOUKOULAS

Production Coordinators
CHINDA PHOMMARINH
GABRIELLE DUPONT

Administrative Assistant
PASCALE SAVOIE-BRIDEAU

Technical Coordinator
MIRA MAILHOT

Line Producer
MÉLANIE LASNIER

Co-Produced by
The National Film Board of Canada
AKKA Films



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