May 24, 2022

the second edition of Reims Polar will take place from April 5 to 10, 2022

There will be an air of the Cannes festival in Reims in April. Carpet and red and movie stars will occupy the Opéraims for the 2nd edition of the detective film festival. On the program: film screening, photocall, award ceremony and masterclass.

The detective film festival will therefore take up residence in Reims. After Cognac (1982-2007) then Beaune (2008-2019), in 2021, the festival had taken up residence for the first time in Reims.

An edition of Reims Polar entirely dematerialized because of the covid: film screenings were done online and personalities from the world of cinema did not make the trip to Reims. Despite this, the festival revealed two films that were subsequently successful in cinemas: “Black Box” with Pierre Niney and “The law of Tehran” (over 300,000 entries).

This year, the festival will take place in Reims. The organizers have been working on it since the end of the previous edition. “You have to organize security, production, hotels, the police… It’s a huge job, it takes time!”, confides Bruno Barde, the director of the festival.

For the first edition physically in Reims, he insists on the fact that this festival is intended for the people of Reims. “The festival is made for the general public. The public of Reims must seize the festival. Reims is lucky to have the Opéraims, eleven superb cinemas, we are going to use seven of them”.

The festival is made for the general public. The public of Reims must seize the festival

Bruno Barde – festival director

It is impossible to know which films will be screened at the festival: the list is being drawn up. And the choice is vast for the director of the festival. “7,000 films are released each year worldwide”. It promises an eclectic selection, “there will be French films of course, but also Asian, Hungarian, Polish… It’s wonderful to discover countries, habits, all in the thriller genre, with an investigation that guarantees that you won’t get bored not”.

It’s wonderful to discover countries, habits, all in the thriller genre, with an investigation that guarantees that you won’t get bored

Bruno Barde – festival director

The films will be presented in several categories: those in competition, decided by a jury, “new blood” films which approach the thriller from a new angle, and the category out of competition. “All films will be unreleased. guarantees Bruno Barde who says to himself “happy to find films and reveal talents to the public, so that they leave the cinema happy”. It will be necessary to wait 15 days to a month before the start of the festival to know the films selected to participate.

The list of jury members is also being drawn up. The mystery is complete as to who will succeed Jacques Weber as president of the jury. In any case, several juries will decide between the films. In particular one composed only of professional police officers.

The month of April will therefore not only be synonymous with the presidential election, but also with cinema. With Reims as the capital.