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Diverciné - L'Image Manquante

(The MIssing Picture)

DiverCiné : les écrans de la Francophonie du monde

Diverciné logoDurant de nombreuses années, j’ai recherché l’image manquante : un cliché pris entre 1975 et 1979 par les Khmers Rouges, alors qu’ils étaient à la tête du Cambodge... À elle seule, bien sûr, une image ne peut pas prouver un génocide, mais elle nous incite à réfléchir, à méditer, elle écrit l’Histoire. Je l’ai cherchée en vain dans les archives, les vieux documents, dans la campagne cambodgienne. Aujourd’hui, c’est une image manquante. Donc je l’ai créée. Ce que je vous propose aujourd’hui, ce n’est pas une image ni même la recherche d’une image unique, mais l’image d’une quête : une quête que seul le cinéma nous permet d’entreprendre.

– Rithy Panh

Poster art for L'Image manquanteRithy Panh's documentary The Missing Picture – Cambodia's entry for best foreign film Oscar – is a sombre, stylised memoir of the director's childhood when his country had been taken over by the Khmer Rouge. Many of his family died in the labour camps that were intended to ‘re-educate’ the people and purify them in the flame of revolutionary socialism. In fact, of course, they were the instruments of mass torture, mass murder, mass psychosis, a vast theatre of cruelty and fear.

Fascinatingly, Panh tells his story through a mixture of Khmer Rouge propaganda newsreels and little clay figurines. It was perhaps the only way of managing the devastating memories. As well as this stratum of tragedy and pain, The Missing Picture has an element of Godardian reflection: the ‘missing picture’ is the definitive image of truth for which he is searching.

– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Festival de Cannes 2013 – Prix Un Certain Regard
Nominated for 2013 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film


Diverciné         Entrée/Admission 1 FILM 5 FILMS 12 FILMS
Adultes Non-membres/Non-Members $10 $30 $40
Membres ByTowne/ByTowne Members $7 $25 $35
Étudiant(e)s à temps plein/Full-Time Students $4 $10 $15


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