Benicheti, who passed away in 2011, was an incredibly technologically minded filmmaker who is best known as being on the forefront of artfully using 3D in French cinema, "Cousin Jules" is an achievement of an experimental documentary in which he filmed in Cinemascope and recorded in stereophonic sound the lives of a couple of French farmers in the countryside, providing an immersive window into their lives.
"Benicheti’s 'Cousin Jules' is a breathtaking work, a timeless classic that somehow, inexplicably, almost slipped forever from view. And what a loss that would’ve been. Completed 40 years ago, 'Cousin Jules' still feels bracingly contemporary. In it, one can see many of the great documentary films that would come to follow it. We are grateful to Patricia Matthews and Peter Agoos for bringing this wonderful film to our attention and are eager for audiences to experience it," said Krivoshey.