MARC-HENRI WAJNBERG

Writer, director and producer

Marc-Henri Wajnberg, born in Brussels, studied cinema at INSAS, the National Higher Institute of Performing Arts and Broadcasting Techniques.

Rich in ideas and new concepts, he multiplies his audiovisual creations, notably with Clapman , a series of 1,200 8-second shorts which were broadcasted daily in more than 50 countries.

In 1993 he directed his first feature film, Just Friends , a movie that immerses us in the musical world of jazz, in Antwerp in 1959, through a talented saxophonist dreaming of a career in New York. Just Friends has captivated criticism with its aesthetic research and the actors' talent (Josse de Pauw, Sylvia Milhaud, Ann Gisel Glass, Charles Berling).

He directed the short film Le Réveil in 1996, awarded Rail d'Or at Cannes and in which he directed a masterful Jean-Claude Dreyfus waking up every morning using a thousand ingenious mechanisms.

His curiosity and his interest in art and history also lead him to devote himself to the making of creative documentaries, such as Evgueni Khaldei, photographer under Stalin in 1997, where he goes to meet this moving war photographer. . In 2001, he produced Oscar Niemeyer, an architect committed to the century , a testimony to the most prolific architect of the 20th century.

During the 2000s, Marc-Henri Wajnberg developed numerous projects. He designs and produces a collection of 33 documentaries for Arte, Kaléidoscope , regards sur un cadre de vie , of which he directed four episodes. In each issue, Kaléidoscope - the guide - chooses a unique place of life, public or private, in Europe or elsewhere, and presents it in a succession of fragmented views.

He is developing and co-producing The Five Obstructions , a feature documentary by Lars von Trier and Joergen Leth. A research film where the preconceptions and opinions of the two men will be continually challenged.

In 2009, Marc-Henri Wajnberg produced a collection of 5 documentaries filmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, La Terre, Des Hommes . As part of the 50 years of Africa's Independence, he directed Portrait de Kinshasa for the Arte web documentary series.

From this encounter with Kinshasa and its inhabitants, Marc-Henri Wajnberg gave birth to his second feature film, Kinshasa Kids . A fiction mixed with the documentary style which tells the story of 8 street children in search of a better life in a bubbling Kinshasa. Invited to more than 60 festivals (Venice, Toronto, Pusan, New York, etc.), Kinshasa Kids has received 8 international prizes, including the Human Rights Prize in Strasbourg and the Magritte for best editing.

He continued his work to raise awareness of children's rights by making an interactive virtual reality film with street children in Kinshasa: Kinshasa Now . The film is selected in VR Expanded competition at the 77th Venice Film Festival. As he did previously, he takes care of the education and reintegration of the street children who play in his films.

After various experiences, in Kinshasa, of documentary film productions, web movie, concert recordings, CD productions, virtual reality movies, Marc-Henri directed a feature documentary Chancelvie about groups of street girls, the " stables "in Kinshasa.

He is also preparing a comedy: The Perfect Movie.

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