Alexandra Pianelli
Le kiosque
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Le kiosque

Le kiosque

Alexandra Pianelli

78 min.
French and English
Subtitles: Catalan, Spanish and English

A playful portrait filmed in a kiosk in Paris. Printed press is in crisis, the game with the peculiar clientele of the business will be less fun than expected.



Alexandra Pianelli
Alexandra Pianelli
Quentin Laurent, Les Films de l’oeil sauvage
Léa Chatauret
Sound editing
Cyrille Carillon
Olaf Hund
Damien Pelletier-Brun
Alexandra Pianelli, Zoé Chantre

After realizing that her years in art school will not help her find a job, filmmaker Alexandra Pianelli agrees to help her mother in the lifelong family business: a small kiosk located in the frantic Victor Hugo Square, a wealthy area of Paris. Alexandra places her camera — or rather, her phone — and stands behind the counter to serve customers. The kiosk is a two-meter-wide microcosm that can produce claustrophobia and at the same time can be a reflection of the entire universe.

We observe a wide range of amazing characters that end up building an endearing human community. A captivating story, full of humor and warmth, that reminds us of the importance of personal relationships. At a historic time marked by individualism, loneliness and mistrust, it is liberating to remember the pleasure of talking to strangers and letting life surprise us.

DocsBarcelona Panorama Section, supported by ARTE

About the direction
Alexandra Pianelli

Alexandra Pianelli


Alexandra Pianelli is a graduate of the School of Decorative Arts of Strasbourg. As an artist she is...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama
Edició 2021

Awards and festivals

Festival Filmer Le Travail de Poitiers
France, 2021
Festival Les Ecrans Documentaires d'Arcueil
France, 2020
Festival de Cine Champs Elysées de París
France, 2020
Festival Internacional de Cine Documental Beyond Borders de Castellorizo
Greece, 2020
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Le kiosque
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“Le Kiosque” is a delightful little documentary, a real glimpse into a world that we often pass by on our journey.”

— Bianca Garner · In their own league

This is a very sweet, charming film and there is something high-minded and even innocent about this little island of print journalism.

— Peter Bradshaw · The Guardian

A pleasure to watch, the film humanises both everyday customers and major shareholders in a funny and captivating demonstration of simple and effective filmmaking.

— Nick Davie · One Room With A View
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