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KING COAL by Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Coal Money by Wang Bing

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Reservations now open for March screenings!

MARCH⎟Theme: Swamp
Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.: The Towrope by William Vega Donneys
Saturday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m.: Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin

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Each last weekend of the month from October to March, LUMA Arles organizes a series of screenings followed by discussions at the Parc des Ateliers.

These films will explore the relationships between humans and non-humans, interspecies relations, mythologies, and the natural world. Focusing on a different theme each month, these sessions are part of a proposal that also includes exchanges with speakers, researchers, filmmakers, and the audience, on how these films contribute to changing our perceptions.

February's theme: Coal

Friday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.
KING COAL by Elaine McMillion Sheldon

USA | 2023 | 1h20
Original soundtrack: English / Subtitles: French

A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, KING COAL meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon reshapes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking in a spectacularly beautiful and deeply moving immersion into Central Appalachia where coal is not just a resource, but a way of life.

While deeply situated in the communities under the reign of King Coal, where McMillion Sheldon has lived and worked her entire life, the film transcends time and place, emphasizing the ways in which all are connected through an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and imagination. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, KING COAL untangles the pain from the beauty, and illuminates the innately human capacity for change.

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"The Best Documentaries of 2023 (So Far)"

Wall Street Journal

"Melancholic, thoughtfully attuned cinematic essay"
The New York Times

Saturday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Coal Money by Wang Bing

China | 2009 | 53 min
Original soundtrack: Chinese / Subtitles: French

Still from the film "Coal Money"

An insight look to the coal industry in China, the conditions under the workers must their job and the risks that they are constantly exposed. In the coal route that goes from the mines of Shanxi to the great harbor in Jianjin, the drivers of the trucks goes up and down this road day and night.

A discussion will follow the screening with Elio Della Noce, teaching and research associate in film studies at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, moderated by Martin Guinard, curator at LUMA Arles, and Salma Mochtari, researcher at LUMA Arles.

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2019 • Sundance Winner • Award for Cinematography
2012 • Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films


Lucides Afters offer a chance to prolong conversations between the attendees after the Lucid Intervals screenings.

The Drum Café team will be delighted present original creations specially made for the occasion. Chef Laurent, and Arnaud, head bartender, both have come up with a variety of preparations, some of which are linked to the screenings' theme.

A 20%-discount will be available for students.

Dates: Saturday February 24 and Saturday March 30
Times: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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The series of screenings has been curated by Rasha Salti, Independent Curator, Jean-Michel Frodon, Film Critic with Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Director of Exhibitions and Programs, LUMA Arles, Martin Guinard, Curator, LUMA Arles and Salma Mochtari, researcher associate, LUMA Arles.


Rasha Salti is a researcher, writer and curator of art and film based in Beirut and Berlin. At present, she is the commissioning editor for the experimental documentary program “La Lucarne” for Arte France.

Jean-Michel Frodon is a film critic, journalist and teacher at Sciences Po. He is the author of thirty books on cinema, and was notably head of the Cinema section at Le Monde and director of Cahiers du Cinéma.

In 2022, during the first Lucid Intervals session, Rasha Salti and Jean-Michel Frodon talked to us about this program. Victor & Simon


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