People from all over the world meet on a weekly basis at the Atelier de conversation of the Bibliothèque publique d’information located in the Centre Pompidou in Paris to practice their French. Refugees of war sit together with businessmen, easy-going students next to victims of political persecution. As diverse as its members might be, they have one goal in common that connects all of them: to learn the language and find companions while living abroad – if not to survive living abroad.

Director's Biography
BERNHARD BRAUNSTEIN, born in 1979 in Salzburg, studied at the Communication Sciences Department of the University of Salzburg. He currently lives in Paris and Salzburg and works as an editor, camera operator, and documentary filmmaker. ATELIER DE CONVERSATION was the opening film at Cinéma du Réel – International Documentary Film Festival Paris 2017. // Films (selection): Reisen im eigenen Zimmer (co-directed by David Gross, 2006, doc), Pharao Bipolar (co-directed by David Gross, 2007, doc), Sleeping Image (co-directed by Lucile Chaufour, 2013, short), ATELIER DE CONVERSATION (2017, doc)
European Panorama Documentary 2017
Bernhard Braunstein
Austria / France / Liechtenstein 2017
72 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Bernhard Braunstein
Cinematography Adrien Lecouturier
Editing Roland Stöttinger
Producer(s) Bernhard Braunstein (schaller08, AT), Supersonicglide (FR), Dominik Tschütscher (LI)
Produktion & Weltvertrieb / Production & World Sales
schaller08, Salzburg