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The Base ​

Written and directed by Vadim DUMESH 

Documentary • 72 mn • 2023



With the cameras of their smartphones, Parisian taxi drivers chronicle the Base Arrière Taxi, a gigantic isolated transit hub on the outskirts of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. Here, more and more aging drivers, immigrants from all corners of the world, spend long hours waiting to be dispatched to the terminals. Here they find refuge from fatigue and the fierce competition from the metropolis. Here, suspended in space and time, they foster community life to escape the decline of their trade and the fast-changing world.

Produced by
Les Films de l’œil sauvage (France) 

In coproduction with

Vià93 (France) 

Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains (France) 

Pictanovo (France)

With the support of

CNC – Fonds de Soutien Audiovisuel & Fonds d’Aide à l’Innovation Audiovisuelle, Fonds Images de la Diversité

Région Île-de-France

Direction Générale des Patrimoines et de l’Architecture


Périphérie - Cinéastes en résidence 

CNAP – Image-Mouvement 

International sales
Les Films de l’œil sauvage
National Distribution
Tangente Distribution (France)
Festivals​​ and awards
Cinéma du réel - Prix des Jeunes Ciné +
Les Écrans documentaires - Special Jury Mention
Traces de Vies

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