THE VENERABLE W.

A film by Barbet Schroeder

French Distribution • International Sales • Losange Production

THE VENERABLE W.

A film by Barbet Schroeder

French Distribution • International Sales • Losange Production

Releases
French Release on 07-06-2017
World Premiere: Sélection Officielle Festival de Cannes 2017

Synopsis
In Burma, the “Venerable Wirathu” is a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk. Meeting him amounts to traveling to the heart of everyday racism and observing how Islamophobia and hate speech lead to violence and destruction. Yet this is a country in which 90% of the population has adopted Buddhism as a faith: a religion based on a peaceful, tolerant and non-violent way of life.

« Magistral. »

Télérama

« Fascinant. »

Première

« Un très grand film. »

L'OBS

« Audacieux. Un film qui déboulonne les clichés. »

Les Echos

« Un film qui démonte la mécanique de la haine. »

Philosophie Magazine

« ““W.” shows that it’s sometimes necessary to look directly at the face of evil if we are to eradicate nefarious beliefs.” »

Indiewire

« “The Venerable W. is a necessary, up-close portrait… It isn’t just an examination of hate speech, but a reflection of our worst instincts when it comes to how we process and act upon information.” »

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Producers: Margaret Menegoz (Les Films du Losange), Lionel Baier (Bande à Part)
Co-producers: Arte France Cinéma, RTS – Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR
France Distribution: Les Films du Losange
International Sales: Les Films du Losange

Participation: Arte France, Ciné +
Support: Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, Office fédéral de la culture (DFI - Suisse), Cinéforom, Loterie Romande

Script: Barbet Schroeder
Photographer: Victoria Clay Mendoza
Editing: Nelly Quettier
Sound: Florian Eidenbenz, Georges Prat
Mixing:
Music: Jorge Arriagada

Duration: 1h40
Sound Format: 5.1
Visa: 145 527
Production Year: 2016