Jorge León

Filmmaker, Belgium

Jorge León studied at INSAS. He took a very early interest in documentary cinema. His recent films Mitra (2018), and Before We Go (2014) enjoy wide distribution and received numerous awards in international festivals. He is an author, theater director and teaches documentary practice as INSAS.


Winter 2012 – Committed against her will to a psychiatric hospital in Tehran, Mitra Kadivar, an Iranian psychoanalyst, starts an e-mail correspondence with Jacques-Alain Miller, founder of the World Association of Psychoanalysis.
Summer 2017 – an artistic team creates an opera based on these exchanges while delving into the reality of a psychiatric hospital in Aix-en-Provence.

Jorge León has been in residence at the Camargo Foundation on several occasions to develop his work on Mitra, in partnership with FIDLab.


Through the fantasy of immortality, Incandescences questions our desires, our fears and our burning aspirations to go beyond the limits of our finitude, at a time when the end of the world is continually announced. Lucy, our ancestor of three million years, whose voice and body are invented for the film, joins our present on which she delivers her perceptions, reflections, perspectives, and projections. She becomes the lucid and critical guide to a cinematographic meditation celebrating life despite the social, ecological and political choices threatening it.

In 2019, Jorge León came back to the Camargo Foundation with writer Caroline Lamarche (Goncourt de la Nouvelle 2019 for her collection of short stories "Nous sommes à la Lisière") and playwright Isabelle Dumont for a writing residency around a question: Lucy, what voice?

Residency in partnership with the CIRVA and the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers (OSU) Institut Pythéas (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IRD).