2014 / documentary / France / original title : MARIN KARMITZ, BANDE A PART / 52’ / Color / status : completed / French, German, Persian / General Audience / short film / International catalogue
Marin Karmitz – A Life At The Movies is an encounter between 23-year-old director Felix von Boehm and Marin Karmitz, founder of MK2, shot on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the company. This documentary takes you on a journey through 50 years of European cinema history through the intimate portrait of Marin Karmitz, who – from his arrival in France as a child to his first steps in the cinema industry as the assistant of Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rozier among others – has made his way to being today an influential figure in the cultural world. Marin Karmitz has produced more than 100 films (including films from the Taviani brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Alain Resnais, Ken Loach, Claire Denis, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Michael Haneke, Abbas Kiarostami, Hong Sang-Soo, Gus Van Sant…) and distributed about 350 (Wim Wenders, Fatih Akin, Mike Leigh, Steve McQueen, Xavier Dolan… to name a few). He has also successfully developed an independent network of 10 multiplexes in Paris (gathering an average annual audience of five million), bringing arthouse films in their original versions with subtitles into more working class neighborhoods of the capital.