Born in 1991 in France, June Balthazard studied at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (ISBA) in Besançon and alongside this, at the Higher School of Art and Design (HEAD) of Geneva in the department of Cinema and Cinéma du Réel (film of reality). She also took a postdiploma at the Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts where she directed two documentaries: La rivière Tanier (The River Tanier) and Le baiser du silure (The Kiss of the Catfish).
In her work, she mixes heterogeneous elements. In particular she confronts the documentary with forms that are more detached from reality. But these, rather than betraying it, throw a new light on it and transfigure it. In this sense, her films are marked with touch of magic realism.
Her work has been shown in international festivals such as the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia, the Busan International Short Film Festival in South Korea, Go Short in the Netherlands, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, RIDM in Canada or Visions du réel in Switzerland, where she received the Opening Scenes Award in 2018.
La Rivière Tanier (2017)
Le Baiser du silure (2018)