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It’s July 2012, and film-maker Frédéric Tcheng is following Belgian designer Raf Simons, known primarily for his pared-back menswear, as he starts his new job as creative director of Christian Dior. The post comes with an imminent deadline: in eight weeks he has to present his first haute couture collection for the fashion house.
Yes it’s a few frocks, but when you see the enormous amount of work that goes into them – the intense R&D, the armies of women who put them together, the infinitesimal adjustments at the 11th hour – it starts to look terrifying. Unsurprisingly then, in this elegant little film, Simons does start to crack. (On the plus side however, he wears some great shorts.)
Out on 27 March
Working in a high fashion atelier looks like, well, working in a high fashion atelier compared to the daily grind (pun intended) portrayed in Farida Pacha’s mesmerising film My Name Is Salt. The documentary follows, at a discreet distance, the Indian families who migrate to the desert for eight months of every year to extract salt from the ground.
Whole families come and build temporary villages, putting in hours and hours of hard graft to try to earn their crust (somebody stop us) before the monsoons wash it all away again. It’s a film that almost serves as a meditation – slow, thoughtful, and beautiful – and deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Out on 13 March