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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

As a reachable form of a lost Eden within everyone’s grasp, everybody comes to the Bois de Vincennes to seek refuge in nature. People from all walks of life have the right to be here: rich, poor, French, foreign, gay, straight, alone, accompanied, old school, or hip. The woods are an island surrounded by the towns that encircle it: a mirage dreamed-up by a fatigued city-dweller. The difficulty of living in the city is left behind. Here, we heal, we play, we have fun and we dream. Throughout the seasons, the series of exchanges speak of this utopia that everyone imagines for him or herself.

CLAIRE SIMON, born in 1955, is the director of several award-winning short, feature, and documentary films. Her fiction films Ça brûle and God’s Offices were selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Human Geography won the FEDEORA Award at CROSSING EUROPE 2014. // Films (selection): Est-ce qu’on a gagné ou est-ce qu’on a encore perdu? (2004, short doc), Ça brûle (2006), Les Bureaux de Dieu (God’s Offices, 2008), Géographie humaine (Human Geography, 2013, doc; CE’14), Gare du Nord (2013; CE’14), Le bois dont les rêves sont faits (The Woods Dreams Are Made of, 2015, doc)

European Panorama Documentary 2016


France / Switzerland 2015
DCP / color
146 minutes

Claire Simon
Luc Forveille
Olivier Hespel, François Musy, Gabriel Hafner
Jean-Luc Ormieres (Just Sayin’ Films, FR), Sandrine Dumas (Pio & Co, FR), Francine Lusser, Gérard Monier (Tipimages Productions, CH)



Just Sayin’ Films
47 rue de Paradis
75010 Paris, France
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Be for Films
28 rue Godefroy Cavaignac
75011 Paris, France

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Locarno International Film Festival 2015

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere