NAPALM

by Claude Lanzmann
NAPALM - NAPALM

Informations

Nation: France

Year: 2017

Length: 100'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Almost sixty years after his first trip to North Korea, Lanzmann returns to the country armed with a video camera but without official permission to use it. However, the journey is above all an opportunity to remember an event he experienced during his first trip in 1958, when, as a member of a European delegation visiting after the end of the war, he met the nurse Kim Kum-sun. Even though the only word he seemed able to exchange with the woman was “Napalm,” Lanzmann never forgot that encounter.

Director

Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann (Paris, France, 1925) is one of the greatest scholars and popularizers of the genocide of European Jews. By the time he was twenty, he fought in the French Resistance. After the war, he worked as a writer and journalist, he taught at the University of Berlin, and he became friends with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. In those years, he started writing for the magazine “Les Temps Modernes,” which he now runs as chief editor. As a film director, his nine-hour documentary Shoah (1985), which took him twelve years to make, is one of the most significant pieces of commemorative culture ever realized. In 2013 the Berlinale dedicated him a homage and awarded him the Golden Bear for his lifetime achievements. Le dernier des injustes (2013) was presented out of competition in Cannes and then at the Torino Film Festival.

Filmography:
Pourquoi Israel (doc., 1973), Shoah (id., doc., 1985), Tsahal (doc., 1994), Un vivant qui passe (doc., 1999), Sobibor, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (Sobibor - 14 ottobre 1943, ore 16.00, doc., 2001), Lights and Shadows (cm, doc., 2008), Le rapport Karski (doc., tv, 2010), Le dernier des injustes (id., doc., 2013), Napalm (doc., 2017). 

Cast and Credits

regia /director
Claude Lanzmann
fotografia/cinematography
Caroline Champetier
montaggio/ film editing
Chantal Hymans
suono/sound
Camille Lotteau
produttore/producer
François Margolin
coproduzione/coproduction
Margo Cinéma, Orange Studio

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contatti/contacts
Pascale Ramonda
pascale@pascaleramonda.com
www.pascaleramonda.com

Director statement

“My affair with Kim Kum-sun has haunted me since 1958. Writing about it in 2009 in my book, The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir, probably rekindled my desire to make a film about it. People who had read the book talked to me about it and François Margolin, the producer, whose son was best friends with my son (Félix, who died of cancer on January 13th, 2017 at the age of twenty-three), persuaded me to give it a try and go there again, but to make a film this time.”

Synopsis Learn more

Almost sixty years after his first trip to North Korea, Lanzmann returns to the country armed with a video camera but without official permission to use it. However, the journey is above all an opportunity to remember an event he experienced during his first trip in 1958, when, as a member of a European delegation visiting after the end of the war, he met the nurse Kim Kum-sun. Even though the only word he seemed able to exchange with the woman was “Napalm,” Lanzmann never forgot that encounter.

Director All about direction

Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann (Paris, France, 1925) is one of the greatest scholars and popularizers of the genocide of European Jews. By the time he was twenty, he fought in the French Resistance. After the war, he worked as a writer and journalist, he taught at the University of Berlin, and he became friends with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. In those years, he started writing for the magazine “Les Temps Modernes,” which he now runs as chief editor. As a film director, his nine-hour documentary Shoah (1985), which took him twelve years to make, is one of the most significant pieces of commemorative culture ever realized. In 2013 the Berlinale dedicated him a homage and awarded him the Golden Bear for his lifetime achievements. Le dernier des injustes (2013) was presented out of competition in Cannes and then at the Torino Film Festival.

Filmography:
Pourquoi Israel (doc., 1973), Shoah (id., doc., 1985), Tsahal (doc., 1994), Un vivant qui passe (doc., 1999), Sobibor, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (Sobibor - 14 ottobre 1943, ore 16.00, doc., 2001), Lights and Shadows (cm, doc., 2008), Le rapport Karski (doc., tv, 2010), Le dernier des injustes (id., doc., 2013), Napalm (doc., 2017). 

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia /director
Claude Lanzmann
fotografia/cinematography
Caroline Champetier
montaggio/ film editing
Chantal Hymans
suono/sound
Camille Lotteau
produttore/producer
François Margolin
coproduzione/coproduction
Margo Cinéma, Orange Studio

**
contatti/contacts
Pascale Ramonda
pascale@pascaleramonda.com
www.pascaleramonda.com

Director statement Read more

“My affair with Kim Kum-sun has haunted me since 1958. Writing about it in 2009 in my book, The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir, probably rekindled my desire to make a film about it. People who had read the book talked to me about it and François Margolin, the producer, whose son was best friends with my son (Félix, who died of cancer on January 13th, 2017 at the age of twenty-three), persuaded me to give it a try and go there again, but to make a film this time.”