ABOUT THE TEAM

 

CHRISTINE PIREAUX

 

Member and animator/organiser of the film production cooperative "La Fleur Maigre" from 1980 to 1984.


Script co-writer and co-director of the documentary "Chronique des saisons d'acier" (Chronicles of steel seasons) in 1980.


Script writer together with Jean Louis Comolli, Jean Louvet and Thierry Michel of the film "Hiver 60" (Winter 60) directed by Thierry Michel. Director's assistant for this film in 1981.


In 1982 she founds and has been secretary general of "Wallonie Image Production" (W.I.P.), a non-profit making organisation subsidised for the co-production of documentary and experimental film and video projects.


In the framework of W.I.P. she has also taken part in the production of over 100 projects together with independent producers, Belgian and international broadcasters.


She ensures the organisation's films take part in international film festivals, and that they are present on television broadcasting markets worldwide (MIP -MIPCOM-Sunny Side, …)


In 1984 she founds Les Films de la Passerelle, and has since been its director. 


In 1988 she is co-founder of "Hot Doc", an association of Belgian documentary makers including almost 200 professionals.

Member of PROSPERE, a professional association which includes the majority of Belgian French-speaking professionals of the audio-visual field. 


Member of the Commission de Sélection (Selection committee) of the Ministry of the Belgian French-speaking Community for feature films and television productions from 1992. 


Co-founder of the "Culture à Liège" association, which brings together personalities from all areas of culture in Liège.

IN PREPARATION

14/18 – Les 3 serments (Jacques Donjean, MM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle
 

Le Docteur Mukwege, au coeur de la violence des hommes, un destin exceptionnel (Un projet de film de Nathalie Borgers, LM documentaire)
Production: Les Films de la Passerelle
 

Zion music (Rama Thiaw, LM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, Les Films d’Ici
 

Nestlé, le goût de l’Afrique (Judith Rueff, LM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, Les Films d’Ici

Jean Dufaux, au fil de l’imaginaire (Jacques Donjean, MM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle

RECENT FINISHED PRODUCTIONS
 

2013 Jacques Charlier, pirate de l’art (Jacques Donjean, MM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle
 

2013 The man of sand, the cinema of Thierry Michel (José Luis Penafuerte, MM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, Cinémathèque de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
 

2013 The irresistible rise of Moïse Katumbi (Thierry Michel, LM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle
 

2012 The Korean musical mystery  (Thierry Loreau et Pierre Barré, MM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, RTBF, Euro 1080, Belgacom, Ambassade de Corée

2011 The Chebeya affair, a State crime ? (Thierry Michel, LM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, RTBF, RTS, TV5, DGD, OIF, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, CBA, FIDH, Bruxelles Laïque, ASDI, Pôle Image de Liège
 

2010 Le partage de l’Afrique – Berlin 1885 (Joël Calmettes LM documentaire)
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, les Films d’ici, Looks Films
 

2010 Mémoire Coloniale : by Thierry Michel, documentary 60 min
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle
 

2010 Métamorphosis of a station by Thierry Michel documentary 52 min and 80 min
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle
 

2010 Katanga, the war for copper by Thierry Michel documentary 60 min
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle– Les Films d'Ici – RTBF – Centre du Cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Communauté française et des Télédistributeurs wallons – ARTE – Wallimage – Eurimages – DGCD – PIL – ING Taxshelter – EVS Taxshelter – RTBF – TSR – Sundance Institute – Commission européenne
 

2009 Singing Nun by Stijn Coninx 120 min feature film
with Cécile de France
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, Paradis Films, Eyeworks film & TV Drama, Kunst & Kino - Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique - Wallimage - Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds - Tax Shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge - Eurimages - Canal+ - TPS

2009 Katanga Business by Thierry Michel feature film 90 min
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle – Les Films d'Ici – RTBF – Centre du Cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Communauté française et des Télédistributeurs wallons – ARTE – Wallimage – Eurimages – DGCD – PIL – ING Taxshelter – EVS Taxshelter – RTBF – TSR – Sundance Institute – Commission européenne

2009 Singing Nun : Behind the scenes by Thierry Michel documentary 60 min
Les Films de la Passerelle
 

2009 Mine of worries in Katanga by Thierry Michel documentary 60 min
Les Films de la Passerelle

2009 Ore and lore by Thierry Michel documentary 30 min
Les Films de la Passerelle
 

2008 Toots by Pierre Barré and Thierry Loreau, documentary 60 min
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle,  RTBF, Exqi culture, VRT, Uncle Jazz Productions
 

2007 Afghanistan, the choice of women by Hadja Lahbib, documentary 52 min
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, Les Passeurs de lumière, RTBF, France 3,  Le Centre du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique, TSR, CBC,  Radio-Canada RDI,  la Direction du Développement et de la Coopération suisse – DDC, la Coopération belge au Développement – DGCD, La Loterie Nationale, La Défense Nationale, Réalisé avec le soutien du Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge, Casa Kafka Pictures, EVS
 

2007 Santa Fe Street by Carmen Castillo Feature-length documentary – 2h45’
Production : Les Films d’Ici, Les Films de la Passerelle, MCF, Eurimages, Parox, Shellac, Fondart, Micro Films, Fundaccion ME
 

2006 The Den of Thieves by Gilles Remiche documentary – 52’
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, MCF, RTBF, ARTE.
 

2005 Congo river  (Thierry Michel 116’ Feature doc & 3X60’)
Les Films de la Passerelle – Les Films d’Ici, Centre du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique – RTBF télévision belge, VRT Canvas, V.A.F, YLE, T.S.R, VPRO, DGCD, Wallimage, EVS, XDC. Avec l’aide de la Loterie Nationale et des télédistributeurs wallons. Collaboration et participation: Eurimages, Canal +, Promimage   - Developed with the support of MEDIA
 

2006 Shooting Diary (The making of the film Congo river) by Thierry Michel 54’ documentary
Production: Les Films de la Passerelle, RTBF, Les Films d’Ici
 

2005 Parabola by Karim Ouelhaj fiction film - 105 minutes
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, Okayss films
 

2005 Aguaviva by José Luis Peñafuerte, documentary 52min & 90min
Production : Les Films de la Passerelle, ARTE, RTBF, CBA
 

2003 The origins of Aids by Peter Chapell Feature documentary 90min
Production : MFP, PATHE (France), Gala Films (Canada), Les Films de la Passerelle, RTBF, France 5, Radio Canada, France 2, Channel 4, MEDIA
 

2002 Iran, veiled appearances by Thierry Michel 90 & 60 minutes feature documentary
Production: Les Films de la Passerelle, Les Films d'Ici, RTBF, VRT, ARTE   France, CBA, RAITRE, Centre du Cinéma

Thierry Michel

Thierry Michel was born on October 13, 1952, in Charleroi, Belgium, an area known as "The Black Country".  At 16 he studied cinema at the Institut des Arts et Diffusion in Brussels where he came back to teach cinema.  He experienced the last tremors before the students' upheavals which was to be the prelude to political enrolment in the militant and lyrical movements of the time. In 1973, he began to work as a filmmaker at the Belgian Television and realized numerous programmes all over the world.  He dedicates his first films "Pays Noir, Pays Rouge" and "Chronique des saisons d'Acier" to the coal basin of his youth and his first fiction feature length "Hiver 60" tells of the insurrectional strikes of 1960.

He alternated documentaries and fiction and managed to bring a camera inside a prison's walls to film "Private Hotel", a poignant hymn to liberty at the heart of confinement.  After a long quest for his identity and his regional and political origins, Thierry Michel explored other continents and other dreams.  The result was his second feature lenth film "Emergency exit", a poetical and mystical work set in the heart of the Moroccan desert which had always attracted him.

He then came back to reality with two very moving pictures, "Kids from Rio" and "From the grass roots" which depicted the street urchins and the favelas of heart-rending Brazil.  This was to be his first encounter with the black culture which he studied in-depth in Zaire with "Zaire, the cycle of the serpent", a many award winning film which ruthlessly portrays the ruling class and the rejects of Zaire society.

He made a brief return to Belgium and filmed a Minister at the centre of a political and criminal scandal which has upset all of Belgium: "La grâce perdue d'Alain Van der Biest"; following this he packed his bags once more to investigate the validity of international armed charity with "Aid for Somalia : a losing battle".

A few months later, he sets off for Zaire to shoot "The last colonials" a film on the colonial heritage and the presence of white people and white culture in the country after years of independence. A few days after his arrival, he is arrested, imprisoned and expelled from the country.  His equipment is seized, and he finishes his film thanks to his own archives and images from the preliminary shooting.

He directs "Post-colonial nostalgia", a film on the historical relationship between the Zairian people and white colons during the years of Congo/Zaire's independence.  He then sets off for Africa once more, this time to shoot a major work, "Donka, x-ray of an African hospital".  This tragic, human and uncompromising portrait of the Conakry hospital in Guinea will win prestigious awards both in Europe and in the United States.

Thierry Michel pursues his work in the wake of his African experience: following the fall of the Zairian dictator, he starts shooting a historical documentary, somewhat reminiscent of great Shakespearean tragedies: "Mobutu, king of Zaire".

After ten years and seven films made in Africa he goes back to Asia and the Republic of Iran, one of the cradles of Islamic fundamentalism.  There he made his latest film "Iran, veiled appearances" in which he paints a portrait of a society that is socially and culturally split.  The eye of the film-maker captures the religious fervour of some which contrasts so violently with the desire for freedom of others. After having been selected in major festivals, Thierry Michel has again gleaned numerous international distinctions.

He then went up the Congo River and once again traveled through Africa’s history, its memory and destiny. "Congo River" is a personal journey to the source and the origin of this country and with it he pursued his quest for light and darkness, being driven by the desire to plunge into the mystery and the depths of the Congolese equatorial forest and its majestic river.

Thierry Michel has an insatiable curiosity and has, for the last twenty years, not stopped filming all the beloved faced that inhabit the "sublime reality" of his camera.  "The themes are the same, where you are.  Man is the same, whether here or there; life and death are perceived identically.  I have yet to stop working".

CÉLINE RAUW

After graduating from the communication department at «la Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège" in Belgium, Céline made another year of training at the broadcasting center of Liège to become a specialist in media's education.  

It is no surprise that, after several internship in the production field, this passionate of cinema is now taking care of the films production and distribution at Films de la Passerelle for more than 4 years.  

In charge, with Christine Pireaux, of the development, the preparation, the shooting and the postproduction of films, Céline Rauw takes also care of broadcasting rights of films from the company's catalogue, as well as relationships with distributors and broadcasters.

Moreover Céline Rauw is the Films de la Passerelle Company’s favored correspondent with the national, communal, local and European institutions, 

FRANÇOIS DOMBRET

Former intern at  Company, François Dombret returned to the team after his directing experiences to become the person in charge of the promotion.

He is in charge of the contacts with the Medias, the festivals ‘organizers and the public. François is also taking care of the DVD's sales. 

For further information relating to a film or a current production do not hesitate to contact him via e-mail:

films@passerelle.be