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Véréna Paravel is a filmmaker and anthropologist. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It explores evanescent forms of intimacy, mediation, and space in a variety of media.
At Radcliffe, Paravel will work on Pavor Nocturnus, a feature-length nonfiction film that explores the practice of going to sleep, concentrating on its routines, rituals, anxieties, and fantasies. The film will combine documentary, experimental, personal, and performative approaches to this subject, which—unlike that of sleep itself—has been curiously neglected by artists and nonfiction filmmakers alike.
Paravel’s films include Foreign Parts (with J.P. Sniadecki, 2010), the Interface Series (2008–2010), and 7 Queens (2008). Foreign Parts won seven international awards, including the Leopard for Best First Feature and the Best First Feature Jury award at the Festival del Film Locarno (2010) and the Punto de Vista Award for Best Film (2011). A New York Times Critics’ Pick, it was also an official selection of the New York Film Festival (2010) and the Viennale (2010). Paravel earned doctoral degrees in anthropology and communication sciences from the Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail.