The year 2015-2016


Focus: Weather in Cinema


Ressources & Supporting Materials




Drifting Clouds,
The children of the world film the Climate 

This year Cinéma, Cent Ans de Jeunesse has been accredited as an event   Cop21related to COP 21, the climate conference that took place in Paris from the 30th of November to the the 11th of December 2015.

The question of climate is fundamental to cinema, as borne witness to by the powerful images seen in recent films that evidence changes in the environment, such as documentary and educational films, as well as footage of natural disasters.

The weather reveals aspects of life all over the world through the movie camera.  Through its eye we see landscapes, light, ways of being in the world, ways of living and contributing to a place, transformations, strategies of survival and preservation.  It shows us the diversity of how we, across the world, are influenced by climate -  how we behave physically, how we carry ourselves, how we interpret the skies, both practically and symbolically.

As the groups work throughout the course of the year, the topic will allow the young participants to take note of and observe the weather and climate, a topic they are often not very aware of as it surrounds the totality of their life, and has often been come every day and banal to them.  This work will allow them to build a consciousness of climate and weather as the year progresses.

Events and features of this exceptional year include :

- The programming of a series of films under the heading Cinema and Climate at the Cinémathèque Française from December 2015,

- The presentation of a short film, Lumiere Shots on Climate, which has been gathered together from specially selected shots from participants across the project, at the COP 21 conference in their Generations of Climate space in December 2015).

- Participation in exercises by filmmaking Godmothers & Godfathers in various different countries across the project.

MoonriseKAmarcord Slow New


Cinema – The Art of Climate and Weather

“The cinema is the weather”
Serge Daney

The question of climate and weather is a constituent of film itself, of its colours, its light and its atmosphere.  The weather isn’t just a simple component of the cinematic shot, it is a fundamental element in the construction of the image.  Landscapes and out door scenery, so important to cinema, are fundamentally different in each type of weather and each season. 

In all film making the question of interior or exterior filming is of structural importance to the work.  It lies at the centre of scheduling and planning, as filming in an interior location, protected from outside elements and the weather itself, proposes different challenges to filming outside, which is much less controllable and weather dependant, influenced by the state of the climate and natural fluctuations in light.  Weather can affect how things are organised and even sometimes how dialogue is rewritten.  An exterior shoot is much more at the mercy of the light and elements than an interior location shoot. 

Mise en scene, with its interplay of character movement, framing and spacing choices, is different according to the choice of sequences to be filmed in interior or exterior locations.  The human body, limited in its sphere of movement in an interior shot, will explore a more internal, psychological state in an interior sequence, whereas when shot in the exterior the body has a greater liberty of movement in a space that exceeds it. Filmed inside or out, films keep hold of a memory of a certain quality of light, or a unexpected shower, they capture a moment which gives them their unique narrative and aesthetic identity.

This year we work around the question of the relationship between shooting in the interior and exterior, rich with cinematic interplay, which will also allow the children to creatively explore the weather and climate, which contributes to their lives in such a significant way. Exercises and films will be shared with children who live in different climactic conditions to each other, allowing them to become aware of the importance of climate and to experience the different sceneries of a multitude of locations: other regions of France; from one European country to another and from one hemisphere to the other on the other side of the world.  This question also allows the development of several different models of operation and a profound exploration of mis en scene.

Alain Bergala


In 2015-2016, we are welcoming new participants: Corsica, Lithuania, Finland and Mexico. Here are all the partners from the 12 countries and the 8 French regions who coordinate the workshops this year:

Germany : Deutsche Kinemathek-Museum für Film und Fernsehen and Arsenal-Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin, University of Brême. / Belgium : Service de Culture Cinématographique et Cinémathèque royale de Belgique, Brussels. / Brasil : Imagens em Movimento (association Raiar) with la Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio) / Escola Carlitos with la Cine-mateca brasileira, São Paulo. / Bulgaria : Lycée et Institut français, Sofia. / Cuba : Escuela Internacional de Cine y Tv with la Cinemateca de Cuba (ICAIC). /
 Spain : Cinema en curs (association A Bao A Qu) with la Filmoteca de Catalunya, Barcelone.  / Finland : IhmeFilmi ry and la Cinémathèque finlandaise, Helsinki. /
 France : La Cinémathèque française, Paris. / Cinéma Jean Renoir, Martigues (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)  / Le Lux, scène nationale, Valence and Cinéma Mon Ciné, Saint Martin D’Hères (Rhône-Alpes) / Tropiques Atrium Scène nationale de Martinique. / Ciné Woulé en Guadeloupe. / Corsica.Doc and La Cinémathèque de Corse. / Institut Jean Vigo-Cinémathèque euro-régionale, Perpignan and association Docs aux sels, Nîmes (Languedoc-Roussillon) / Vidéo Les Beaux Jours – Pôle régional d’éducation artistique, Strasbourg (Alsace). / Lithuania : Meno Avilys, Vilnius. / Mexico : EduKino with la Cineteca Nacional de México. / Portugal : Association Os Filhos de Lumière with la Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema, Lisbon. / United Kingdom (England and Scotland) : British Film Institute, London. / The Centre for the Moving Image, Edinburgh.

The list (in French only) of all the teachers and other professionals taking part this year in each workshop is here






Resources & Supporting Materials

Weather & climate in film:  Resources - reading list, links and supporting materials
to allow you to  explore the topic in greater depth.


On the attached file (in French only):

Climate and the weather:  Some considerations
The history of climate and meteorology
The representation and perception of climatic phenomena.
Climate and Weather in Cinema.
Focus on huts
Teaching resources on climate change
Literary texts.





The blog allows participants to get to know each other and keep in contact throughout the course of the year,
discussing their work, their discoveries and how they are progressing through the project.





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