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Au-delà du papier
Oana Suteu Khintirian
2022 | 130 min
Documentary
English and French, Romanian, Italian, Arabic, Spanish with English subtitles

Awards and Festivals

  • Cercle d’or Best Feature Film – DocumentaryFestival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke (2023)

  • Official Selection – International Feature CompetitionInternational Festival of Films on Art – FIFA (2023)

  • Official Selection - Opening FilmCinemística Festival, Spain (2023)

  • Official SelectionBeirut Art Film Festival, Lebanon (2023)

Trailer


Poster


Long Synopsis


Short Synopsis


One-liner

Excerpts





Images


Director Oana Suteu Khintirian.

The filmmaker’s family archives being digitized.

Mohamed Lemine Bahane and the late Abderrahim Hanchi in Chinguetti, Mauritania.

Ancient manuscripts.

The El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maria Kodama, widow of Jorge Luis Borges and president of the Borges Foundation, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Exeter Library, designed by architect Louis I. Kahn, New Hampshire (USA).

Marilena Șuteu, the filmmaker’s mother, after the fire at the Central University Library in Bucharest, Romania, in December 1989.

Oran Lassu, the filmmaker’s son, whose school is going digital.

Maria Sebregondi, co-founder of Moleskine and president of the Moleskine Foundation, in Milan, Italy.

Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, San Francisco, California (USA).

Internet Archive servers in San Francisco, California (USA).

Team


Oana Suteu Khintirian
Writer, Director and Editor


Photo




Nathalie Cloutier
Producer and Executive Producer


Photo
Photo : Valérie Sangin




Colette Loumède
Executive Producer


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Photo : NFB



Credits

Researched, Written, Directed and Edited by
Oana Suteu Khintirian

Producer
Nathalie Cloutier

Line Producer
Mélanie Lasnier

Images
Etienne Roussy

Sound Design
Catherine Van Der Donckt

Music
Peter Scherer

Narration
Oana Suteu Khintirian

Additional Images
Philippe St-Gelais
Dan Popa
Oana Suteu Khintirian

Sound Recording
Catherine Van Der Donckt

Additional Sound Recording
Gaëlle Komàr
Julien Fréchette
Julia Innes

Research
Françoise De La Cressonnière
Olivier Lassu
Donald McWilliams
Cornel Mihalache

Production and Editing Assistant
Nina Bouchard

Production Assistants
Irina Maria Șuteu
Aude Villiers-Moriamé
Sidi Khattry Abadek

Editing Assistant
Philippe Lefebvre

Final Cut Consultant
Andrea Henriquez

Narration Consultant
Donald McWilliams

Translations
Kamel Bouzeboudjen
Carmen Cristea
Giulia Frati
Patricio Henríquez
Oana Suteu Khintirian

Translation and Subtitling
Trans & Sub Coop

Technical Support – Editing
Pierre Dupont
Marie-Josée Gourde
Patrick Trahan

Animated Graphics and Infographics
Alain Ostiguy

Online Editing and Colourization
Yannick Carrier

Foley
Stéphane Cadotte

Narration and Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Re-recording
Jean Paul Vialard

Participants (in order of appearance)
Noa Davidovici
Oran Lassu
Mohamed Lemine Bahane
Abdoullah Ghoulam
Stefanie Nedelcu
Eloann Tranvouez
Sid Ahmed Habott
Marilena Șuteu
Abderrahim Hanchi
Maria Kodama
Brewster Kahle
Karima Bahaï
Bénédicte Millaud
Andrée Lévesque
Denis Lessard
Maria Sebregondi
Luigi Trentin
Dr Sha Xin Wei
Matei Bulgăr
Jean-Luc Buguet
Corentin Quierry
Lt col David Bernasconi
Dr Ioan Stoica
Ana Bulgăr Murray
Elena Marcu
Anca Dumitrescu
Andrew Scott Duran
Alexis Rossi

Additional Music

“Everything in Its Right Place”
Composed by Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Edward John O’Brien, Thomas Edward Yorke
Published by WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC CANADA LTD. (SOCAN), for WC MUSIC CORP. and WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC LTD.
Performed by Radiohead
Licensed courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.

“Pyramid Song”
Composed by Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Edward John O’Brien, Thomas Edward Yorke
Published by WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC CANADA LTD. (SOCAN), for WC MUSIC CORP. and WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC LTD.
Performed by Radiohead
Licensed courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.

“La Traviata, Act 1, Prelude”
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Ljubka Biagioni
Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

“Veradardziz”
Performed by Yeghish Manoukian
Courtesy of American Recording Productions LLC

Negotiation of Additional Music
Lucie Bourgouin

A very special thanks to
Donald McWilliams and Nathalie Cloutier
for their support and trust throughout the decade it took to make this film.

Special thanks to
Nathalie Barton
Matei Bulgăr
Ana Bulgăr Murray
Sylvette Cerisey and Sidi Khattry Abadek – La Gueïla Tours, Chinguetti
Françoise De La Cressonnière
Marieta Georgescu
Sabine Gisinger
Françoise Hartman
Inès Heugel
Andreas Hoëssli
Matthias Kälin
Olivier Lassu
Shana Loomis
Colette Loumède
Cornel Mihalache
Katia Nicita
Ian Oliveri
Roberto di Puma
Bujor Rîpeanu
Maria Sebregondi
Alexandru Șuteu
Irina Șuteu
Marilena Șuteu
Valeria Șuteu
Sylvie Trouvé
Theodore Ushev
Sha Xin Wei

Thanks to

Canada
Kerian Agassounon
Leonard Agassounon
Michèle Bélanger
Marc Bertrand
Maud Chayer
Larissa Christoforo
Luc Courchesne
Carmen Cristea
Carlos Ferrand
Michel Giroux
Doïna Harap
Sophie Joyal
Stéphanie L’Écuyer
Hélène Magny
Patrice Mangin
Marjane Meyniel
Myriam Ouellette
Isabelle Painchaud
Christelle Poleggi
Sébastien Tranvouez
Michael Yaroshevsky
Adrian Wills
CIPP, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Mauritania
Mohamed Salek
Habott Library
Hanchi Library
Wananne Library

France
Jérôme Callais
Jura Departmental Archives, Lons-le-Saunier
Military Barracks, Lons-le-Saunier

United States
Exeter Library, Exeter, New Hampshire
Internet Archive and its staff, San Francisco
Internet Archive, The Physical Archive, Richmond

Romania
Dr Doru Badară
Dr Ion Carabă
Ștefania Mazilu
Viorica Prodan
Dr Mireille-Carmen Rădoi
Armenian Church Sfînta Maria, Iassy, Romania
Biblioteca Universitară Carol I, Bucarest, Romania
Daria Tănăsucă, Union of Armenians of Romania, Iassy
Librăria Cărturești Carusel, Bucarest, Romania

Milan
Peter Jensen
Eleonora Kihlberg
Luca Mariani
Katia Nicita
Moleskine Foundation
Sketchmob Italia – Stefan Davidovici, Irina Șuteu, Matteo Schuber and contributors to the Bonvini edition

Argentina
Biblioteca Mariano Moreno and its scanning-service staff
El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

Denmark
Navid Navab
Chris Wood
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

For their inspiration, thank you to
Fernando Baez
Walter Benjamin
Jorge Luis Borges
Jean-Claude Carrière
Douwe Draaisma
Umberto Eco
Friedrich Kittler
Anne Mangen
Marshall McLuhan
Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Walter J. Ong
Erik Orsenna
Orhan Pamuk
Platon
Marcel Proust
Michel Serres
Socrate
Maryanne Wolf
Frances Yates

Archives

Arena – “Borges and I” – RM Arts
Associated Press
BBC Broadcast Archive via Getty Images
Bits And Splits – Pond5
BuzzFeed
Carlo Stanga
CBS News
Cornel Mihalache
Courrier international
Elvin – Pond5
Google Books™ service is a trademark of Google LLC
Google™ search or search engine is a trademark of Google LLC
Government Footage – Pond5
IntechOpen
Journaling Habit
Kamchadal – Pond5
LiquidDream – Pond5
MAXIMUM STOCK – Pond5
Nishandx – Pond5
Ognennaja – Pond5
Pablo Picasso, Étude de têtes de femme 20-06-1940 (1940) © Picasso Estate / SOCAN (2022)
Pavel Ignatov – Pond5
Project Syndicate, 2011
Sergio Ramazzotti – Parallelozero
Swiss Radio and Television, licensed by Telepool GmbH Zürich, 1990
The Archival Collection – Pond5
The New York Times
Tomyt – Pond 5
Understandmag
Unknown photograph, Portrait of Pablo Picasso (no date) © Picasso Estate / SOCAN (2022)
Video Land – Pond5

Developed in co-production with InformAction Films inc.
Ian Oliveri
Nathalie Barton

Legal Advisor
Christian Pitchen

Press Relations
Nadine Viau

Marketing Manager
François Jacques

Marketing Coordinator
Émilie Ryan

Administrator
Sia Koukoulas

Senior Production Coordinator
Joëlle Lapointe

Production Coordinators
Chinda Phommarinh
Coralie Dumoulin
Alexandra Bourque

Studio Coordinators
Gabrielle Dupont
Pascale Savoie-Brideau
Stéphanie Lazure

Technical Coordinators
Daniel Claveau
Mira Mailhot

Interim Producer – Development
Denis McCready

Project Manager
Nicole Hubert

Executive Producers
Nathalie Cloutier
Colette Loumède

Beyond Paper
French Program Documentary Studio
A National Film Board of Canada Production

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