Le bois dont les rêves sont faits / The Woods Dreams Are Made Of

Le bois dont les rêves sont faits / The Woods Dreams Are Made Of

Our World, Our Lives: A Documentary Series  

Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue

This event is possible thanks to:

Reed Centracchio

Online registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome. Merci !

With Michael Naas, Chair of the Philosophy Department at DePaul University • In French with English subtitles


Le bois dont les rêves sont faits / The Woods Dreams Are Made Of by Claire Simon (2015, 144 min.)

From painters to prostitutes, ornithologists to athletes, men and women, young and old, from all over the francophone world, the Bois de Vincennes plays a central role in so many everyday lives. Veteran director Claire Simon engages the audience in a hypnotic and authentic look at this park on the southeastern edge of Paris. While the overwhelming serenity and comfort of the park is meaningful, Simon tells the story through a curious and honest lens that reflects the defunct experimental university of Vincennes, with a gracious nod to Gilles Deleuze and the free individualism we can find in escape.

Please keep in mind this film deals with mature themes and contains some language.

A true flâneur, Michael Naas has just returned from a year walking along France’s littoral. Educated at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, his recent published work includes co-translations of Jacques Derrida's seminars for the University of Chicago Press. Michael is a Commandeur in the Order of the French Academic Palms.


 Short film: 007/002/015 by Ryan Saunders (2015, 6 min., English)  

This series is made possible in part thanks to the support of Reed, Centracchio & Associates and the in-kind contribution of Kobrand / Louis Jadot and the Sofitel Café des Architectes.


Our World, Our Lives: A Documentary Series

At a time when alternative facts are all the rage, we return to cinéma-vérité and the documentary form at large to examine the world we live in and the people we live with.

Revisit works by seasoned French directors, such as New Wave's Agnès Varda, and discover some of the best of a booming new generation of filmmakers consistently singled out for praise by the international press.

Don't miss out on young Chicago filmmakers with a selection of short documentaries curated by the Chicago International Film Festival and presented prior to each feature. Join our guest speakers as they shed light on facts often stranger than fiction and become a critic during our post-screening discussions

Are you ready? Because anything can happen when you walk out, camera in hand, to meet reality…