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GYMNASTICS, A NO-SWEAT CULTURAL WORKOUT // 70 x 5' - 2019

GYMNASTICS is a new form of timeless cultural programme. Each episode arouses our curiosity, directs our gaze towards extraordinary characters, and creates links between topics that, at first glance, have little in common. GYMNASTIQUE catches the spirit of the time, identifies emerging trends and tells singular, surprising and unexpected stories.
A wide range of topics that combine journalistic rigour, exacting narrative and humour! Previously unheard or little-known stories, (falsely)...

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PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS CABREL // 85' - 2019

An intimate portrait of Francis Cabrel. Who is this discreet man, who stands back from the world and whose songs form part of our cultural heritage? Videos, photos, TV appearances, stage recordings, interviews and everyday footage help us to understand his career, his values and his doubts.

Behind the artist who sings openly about human feelings there’s a very enigmatic man, at once close to us and distant.

It's hard to know who the discreet but hugely popular...

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MASTERS OF ART: A NEW LOOK AT THE ART OF COSTUME // 13' - 2019

They are rare professions of which we know almost nothing. Yet, they nourish French creativity…
Episode dedicated to Christine Leclercq, costume designer

Christine Leclercq is a costume designer for the cinema, opera and theatre. She began in haute couture before creating her own costume design company, Mod'LScène. Joined by stylist and model maker Marie-Pierre Bessac, she has been taking new look at the art of costume by combining artisanal and industrial techniques.

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MASTERS OF ART: MARRYING STONES AND LIGHT // 13' - 2019

They are rare professions of which we know almost nothing. Yet, they nourish French creativity…
Episode dedicated to à Hervé Obligi, lapidary sculptor.

Hervé first dreamed of being a cabinetmaker, but what he carves is much harder than wood. He is a lapidary sculptor; his palette is composed of lapis lazuli, opal, mother-of-pearl, fine marbles, green jasper.
"I wanted a material that fights back," he says with a twinkle in his eye, although the stones he uses soon...

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PORTRAIT OF PATRICK BRUEL // 80' - 2018

An intimate portrait of Patrick Bruel, who, sitting alone in a movie theatre, comments on a film telling the story of his life, composed of archive footage and interviews with those who know him best.

How did little Patrick Maurice Benguigui, born in the middle of the Algerian War and forced to leave the country with his mother after his father abandoned them, become the seductive and mysterious Patrick Bruel, the idol of a whole generation? With him, we explore the wounds of his...

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BELAï, LéLé’S JOURNEY // 52' - 2018

Lélé, a young Kanak artist takes us on a musical road-trip to meet the pioneers of Kaneka, a musical genre combining Pacific and Jamaican rhythms. After spending three years in France to consolidate his knowledge, the musician, originally from Ouvea, travels Grande Terre and Loyalty with the aim of incorporating all the elements of Kanak culture in his music.

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MASTERS OF ART : SHAPING SOUND, WOOD IN VIBRATION // 13' - 2018

They are rare professions of which we know almost nothing. Yet, they nourish French creativity…
Episode dedicated to Judith Kraft and Mathieu Pradels, luthiers (stringed instrument maker).

Judith Kraft is a musician, and it was when she took her bow to be repaired by a luthier in New York that she found her vocation. She now lives in Paris, an American woman in love with French culture, busy in her bright workshop in the 10th arrondissement. Here, she sculpts and planes...

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MASTERS OF ART : UNDERSTANDING, INTERPRETING, INTERACTING WITH GLASS // 13' - 2018

They are rare professions of which we know almost nothing. Yet, they nourish French creativity…
Episode dedicated to the Jean Marc Schilt and Sébastien Maurer, glass workers.

The son and grandson of glass workers at the Saint-Louis crystal factory, Jean-Marc Schilt has moved up patiently through the ranks, and his talent has led him to the top of the art of glassmaking. He is now a Maître d'art (Master of Art) and is passing on his knowledge to Sébastien Maurer.

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE // 60' - 2018

This documentary is the story of professional contemporary dancer Caroline Bo, who discovers her desire to become a mother while creating her first choreography. This film is a journey towards femininity that reveals the way our subconscious inhabits the creative process.

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ALBERT SAUTEUR, A SELF-PORTRAIT // 9'52'' - 2018

This film tells the story of a pictorial adventure. From October 2011 to May 2012, Albert Sauteur painted a self-portrait in 107 sessions. 107 sessions in which a camera framing the painting, placed behind the painter's head and connected to a computer, recorded every dab of paint. 21935 pictures of every stage of the painting, creating an animated painting. It’s this performance that’s related in this 9-minute film.

Albert Sauteur is a Swiss painter who lives and works near...

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SIGNÉ DALI // 52' - 2018

Robert Descharnes and his son Nicolas are the only experts in the world to be unanimously recognized and authorised to formally authenticate a Dali.
The film reveals the astonishing work of these art experts, who formed a close bond with Salvador Dali, and whose task and responsibility in the 1980s was to identify and remove forged and fake Dalis from the art market.
Their assessments and numerous anecdotes give us an unexpected and unique glimpse into a particular, historical...

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GALILEO, THE FORGER AND THE EXPERT: INVESTIGATING A MASTERPIECE OF COUNTERFEITING // 52' - 2018

In 2005, an Italian, Massimo De Caro, succeeded in deceiving the rare-book world by offering for sale a remarkable copy of "Siderius Nuncius" signed by Galileo himself, dating from 1610 and containing four watercolours of the moon painted by the astronomer. The "Sidereus Nuncius" or "Starry Messenger" is certainly Gallileo’s most important work and a scientific revolution for the time.
Experts around the world were unanimous in authenticating the book and there was talk of it selling for...

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MASTERS OF ART // 7 x 13' - 2017 - 2019

They are rare professions of which we know almost nothing. Yet, they nourish French creativity. They are marquetry specialists, master glassmakers, photo engravers, ceramists, instrument makers... but they all have something extra. A distinctive title that protects their skills, while bringing them to light. This status provides them with a precious heritage: that of a rare and singular expertise passed on by a Master of Art. Under their tutelage, their lives will be transformed.

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THE STORY OF THE 80S, 90S & 2000S // 3 x 90' - 2017 - 2018

A journey through the last 3 decades in music! Which artists left their mark? What are the most emblematic tunes? What new musical trends emerged?
Each of these 3 documentaries investigates the artistic aspect of a decade, cross-referencing it with the political and economic events in our history that have often influenced the evolution of musical trends.
Over the last 30 years, the music world has undergone many changes that have had a major impact upon the industry, such as the...

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STORIES OF HIP-HOP // 26' - 2017

Portraits of dancers and artists take us on a journey through the hip-hop of yesterday and today, and tell us about the evolution of an urban dance style that’s become an art in itself.

Forty years after its invention in the Bronx lowlands, hip-hop is filling theatres big and small in France. Festivals celebrating this dance style with its urban roots have multiplied around the world.
Screenwriter and film director Lola Doillon has always been keen to put youth at the...

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MASTERS OF ART : RENEW THE MATERIAL // 13' - 2017

They are rare professions of which we know almost nothing. Yet, they nourish French creativity…
Episode dedicated to Céline Bonnot-Diconne, leather restorer.

Céline has a passion for leather. To such an extent that she is a researcher in the subject. It's a very specialised passion, devoted to polychrome gilt leather. From the 16th century to the end of the 18th century, it was used to decorate the luxurious interiors of the richest European homes. The only problem is,...

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MASTERS OF ART : REVEALING THE GESTURE // 13' - 2017

They are rare professions of which we know almost nothing. Yet, they nourish French creativity…
Episode dedicated to Fanny Boucher, photo engraver.

A meeting between Fanny Boucher and Antonin Pons Braley gave rise to a crazy project: transforming the original art of photogravure in order to give it new horizons.
Fanny is Master of grain photogravure. Antonin is an artisan-researcher. Photogravure, an ink-printing process, is usually done on a flat surface, but...

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MASTERS OF ART : SCULPTING THE AIR // 13' - 2017

They are rare professions of which we know almost nothing. Yet, they nourish French creativity…
Episode dedicated to Bertrand Cattiaux, organ builder.

Building an organ means giving a place and a community an instrument for many centuries. Virgile Bardin, a pupil of the Master of Art Bertrand Cattiaux and former Compagnon du Tour de France des Devoirs Unis, already knows the secrets of organ making.
But he still has a whole world to discover: learning to sculpt the...

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THE ORATORIO, THE STRENGTH OF THE SACRED // 52' - 2017

An oratorio is a musical work performed without staging, costumes or scenery. How has this art without artifice managed to survive, establish itself and even have a profound influence on music over the last centuries? To guide us in our quest for knowledge, singers, conductors and historians will enlighten us on the originality and evocative power of the oratorio.

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CHRISTINE TROUILLET, SECRET CONVERSATIONS // 26' - 2017

It's a pictorial adventure: the painter at work in her studio, the filmmaker’s point of view in this intimate and silent space, in which only the painter speaks. Over time, between the first stroke of the brush on the white canvas and the finished painting, the filmmaker leads us, without saying a word, into the heart of the creative process, with its doubts, its challenges, its intentions. And in the end, there’s a finished work that the viewer will have seen created in front of his eyes.

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ANTONIO SEGUI, EL GRAN TEATRO DEL MUNDO // 52' - 2017

Antonio Segui is an Argentine painter who has lived in Paris since the 60s. He appears alone on the screen and is the only person to speak. In his studio, in which the filming took place over 24 days, spread over 2-and-a-half years, there is only the painter and the filmmaker.
François Catonné films each stroke of charcoal, each dab of colour, in an intimacy that only the cinema can grasp, as if suddenly the mystery of painting is revealed to us by the camera.
In "The Mystery of...

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MARTINIQUE, THE SECOND HOMELAND OF KONPA // 90' - 2017

In the early sixties, a musical trend born in the Haitian dance halls swept the French West Indies: Direct Compass or Konpa in Creole. It made an indelible mark on the artistic life of the region.
This musical documentary goes in search of those involved in this crazy saga: artists, musicologists, politicians and ordinary people who look back on this time with fondness.
In Paris, New York, Miami, Montreal, Haiti and of course Martinique, they tell us, with nostalgia, passion,...

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FOLLOWING THE LEADER // 52' - 2017

How to lead an orchestra without a conductor? How to bring down the institution that elevated the "Maestro" to the status of demigod?
An investigation within the classical music community into the relationship between power and creation, through the example of the Dissonances (60-piece orchestra playing without a conductor) and the brains behind it, David Grimal.

With the participation of: Daniel Barenboim, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Jurek Dybal, Hans-Peter Hoffman, Paquito Di...

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THE WIND LAUGHS IN THE CORNFIELDS: PORTRAIT OF MAURICE JOFFO // 52' - 2017

Born of Jewish parents of Russian origin, Maurice Joffo, brother of the author of the bestseller "A Bag of Marbles", tells of his childhood and adolescence in occupied France, his life and his amazing journey to becoming the wealthy 87-year old man that he is today.
From his flight to the Free Zone as a small boy in 1942 to his successful hair salon frequented by the stars, we discover a stubborn, inventive, curious and courageous character.

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DÉDÉ SAINT-PRIX, THE GRIOT OF THE ISLANDS // 53' - 2016

An intimate portrait of the popular singer and songwriter Dédé Saint-Prix, on the road in the West Indies, France, Louisiana and Mayotte during his last tour, and in Martinique, where he was born and spent his childhood.

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MY HEART IS IN TWO PLACES – 1917/1931 // 52' - 2016

Covering the period between 1917 and 1931, the documentary tells the story of African-American artists who came to Europe in search of the opportunity to freely express themselves and live a bohemian lifestyle, free from the racist climate of the United States.
The film recounts the events that rocked the world during this time period. It reflects on the atmosphere in which artists lived, and elaborates on the artistic journey of several iconic figures, such as Josephine Baker and Sidney...

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JACQUES GODIN, TOWARDS THE LIGHT // 26' - 2016

It's a pictorial adventure: a painter at work filmed under the eye (the camera) of the filmmaker within the confines of the studio. It’s the filmmaker’s point of view in this intimate and silent space, in which only the painter speaks. Over time, between the first brush stroke on the white canvas and the finished painting, the filmmaker takes us, without saying a word, to the heart of the creative process, with its doubts, its challenges, its intentions, its commitments. And in the end, there...

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BIGUINE - INHERITANCE // 53' - 2016

Martinican musical history is largely marked by colonisation, slavery, the wars of influence between the old European colonial empires and the eruption of the Montagne Pelée in 1902.
The development of its music, like its population, has followed a historical evolution. Martinique music has its origins in music from Africa and Europe. It was then enriched by its proximity to the other islands of the Caribbean and the United States.
One of the major musical trends of Martinique is...

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MEDIAMAN, 2 SEASONS FOR 4 HANDS // 50' - 2016

Mediaman, 6 meters high, sits prominently in the Montauban Hospital roundabout since 26 years.
Unfortunatly this monumental piece of work has been deteriorated due to bad weather. Something has to be done to give it a new life.
A documentary about creation and artistic collaboration.

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MY LIFE AS A DOUBLE BASS // 52' - 2016

« Forgive me if I am a bit of a show-off but I deserve it. I am 140 years old and have a successful musical career behind me. I was born in 1880 in Mirecourt, the birthplace of French stringed instrument making. And then ? Well, follow me along the roads of France and enjoy the trip that my double bass player and I are making to reconstruct my story. This trip passes through Marseille where I played in an orchestra conducted by renowned composers of that time, such as Strauss and Saint-Saëns,...

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THE STORY OF PASCAL OBISPO // 90' - 2016

For more than 25 years, Pascal Obispo has known enormous success with albums such as “Plus que tout au monde”, “Lucie”, “Tombé pour elle” and “Fan”. Surrounded by a selection of personal objects representing his many passions, the artist reveals the different facets of his personality and looks back at the great moments of his life and career. The interview is interspersed with archive material, particularly of his idols, including Marlon Brando, Serge Gainsbourg, Claude François, Michel...

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WW1 AND GRAPHIC NOVELS : WHERE POPPIES GROW // 52' - 2016

Where do the soul-searching images of the First World War come from? Not merely telling the war, but seeing it, showing it in flesh and blood: this is what graphic novels offer us today. Exploring archives and history, the authors in this program converse with the depth of Time. They make First World War live again in our imagination: their drawings are more than strokes. These major artists have made the War the main subject of their graphic tales. We share with them a fascinating task:...

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CHARTRES CATHEDRAL, BACK INTO THE LIGHT // 52' - 2016

Between 2014 and 2016, the most spectacular and emblematic areas of Chartres Cathedral will be restored: the 35m nave with its soaring walls and the windows framed within it, reputed to be the most beautiful in Europe. It’s an exceptional opportunity to take a closer look at this jewel of Gothic art and see its details in a totally new light.
This documentary goes behind the scenes of the restoration work and meets artisans, scientists, architects and curators in order to embrace a much...

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LAURENT DAUPTAIN, A FACE TO FACE // 26' - 2015

Alone with Laurent Dauptain in his studio, who paints a huge self-portrait, 195x135cm in size. The film follows every moment of creation, every stroke of charcoal, every hesitation, every dab of paint. The figure appears in the erasure of a line, the blend of colours, the passage from acrylic to oil. It is a 26-minute shot-reverse shot sequence between the artist and his image, in which the painter’s face is revealed. The viewer follows the creation of the painting from the white canvas to the...

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TRANSSIBERIAN // 10 x 5' (web serie) - 2015

9288 kilometers, 105 train stations, 13 days, 1 album. The French composer Thylacine decided to challenge himself : to find the inspiration and achieve a complete album for the time of a trip from Moscow to Vladivostok on the legendary rails of the Transsiberian Red Arrow.
For Thylacine, it’s an experience of a new kind, to conceive a work inspired from his trip, the people he meets, Russian landscapes, the unexpected, the atmosphere of the East…
At the crossroads of the Ouralian...

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FRANÇOIS MAURIAC, A STORY OF FAITH... // 52' - 2015

This film examines François Mauriac artistic and political career by understanding the author’s faith, the driving force of his creative work.
Mauriac is a wonderful witness of his time. Although he never renounced his Christian and humanist values, through his work and his commitment to changing society he denounced hypocrites of all kinds, including those who feigned piety. Mauriac probed the depths of evil and described a world seeking to shed its spiritual identity. He was a...

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THE ABC OF HIP-HOP // 26' - 2014

A dip into the incredible world of Hip-Hop at the Suresnes Cités Danse Festival.

A documentary that takes us behind the scenes of the festival - with a twist: the artists we meet all define their universe by choosing 26 words emblematic of hip-hop, one for each letter of the alphabet.
Compiled with love, this short dictionary of urban dance gives us a better understanding of the discipline. Artist, Determination, Emotion, Girls, Youth, Fear, Respect... a real panoply of...

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GARDEN OF LOVE // 52' - 2014

This documentary highlights the importance of sharing and miscegenation in musical creation, through accounts by reggae musicians.

For over 15 years, the Sakifo Music Festival has drawn thousands of spectators to the most beautiful sites on the island of Reunion.
Thanks to the trust placed in him by artists from around the world, Florent de la Tullaye, a specialist in music and Africa and writer/director of a feature-length documentary about the Congolese group Benda...

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TIKI POP // 52' - 2014

TIKI POP traces the history of the Tiki movement, popular in the United States during the twentieth century.
Created in the 1930s, the Tiki style is a subtle cross between the culture of the South Seas and American pop culture, and reached its peak in the 1950s. The term Tiki, which can be translated to “Man,” “God,” or “Man-God,” is a representation of Hawaiian gods. The Tiki style is found mainly in sophisticatedly decorated bars and restaurants, where strange music, sounds of flowing...

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MARCUS (PORTRAIT OF MARCUS MILLER) // 96' - 2014

Beyond its autobiographical dimension, this film is the story of a young man who has forced his destiny to live his dream and become one of the greatest jazzmen. At an age when most kids focus on their A level, Marcus Miller was already a prodigy and a well known session musician. Before his 30s he was one of the main producers and had worked with some of the biggest names. His solo career started in the early 90s and 2000 made of him the bass soloist that we now know. At almost 54, Marcus...

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VLADIMIR VELICKOVIC, THE LARGE DRAWING // 26' - 2014

In this film we see the artist, alone with the filmmaker, working on a very large drawing, 225x165cm in size. He begins it in the whiteness of the immense canvas covered with paper, the filmmaker following his work through to completion. Velickovic talks about himself as he draws. He reflects out loud on the composition of the work and the elements he’s drawing, sharing his doubts, reflecting on the progress of the drawing and its composition, his voice accompanied only by the squeaking of the...

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THE ART OF THE SOUNDTRACK // 47' - 2014

Cyril Morin, French film composer, working magic with our emotions, has set out to conquer the United States.
Through a portrait of this unique artist, tracing his original career (from rock to film music via advertising), his decisive meetings, the professionals with whom he has worked and clips of films enhanced by his music, this documentary not only reveals a little-known facet of contemporary cinema, but questions the artist on his decisions, the rituals accompanying his creations,...

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THE MAN WHO LOVED ARTISTS // 52' - 2014

Guy de Labretoigne is a horseman, equestrian art enthusiast and art expert. We go behind the scenes of the annual AR (T) CHEVAL contemporary art exhibition in Saumur, of which he is President, to discover the issues and secrets of the art world.
Through his thirst for knowledge and taste in artists, Guy de Labretoigne introduces us to artists, collectors, experts and auctioneers ... and we find out how much the equine and art worlds coexist and resemble one another!
And when the...

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TOWER PARIS 13 : BUILDING A STREET ART // 52’ - 2014

Immerse yourself in the most important collective exhibition of street art ever imagined.
October 2013: For one month, Paris became the world capital of street art. Neither museum nor gallery, an apartment building doomed to destruction became home to the biggest collective exhibition ever imagined.
4500 m2 of street art, with more than 400 works spread over 10 floors: over six months, Mehdi Ben Cheikh, founder of the Galerie Itinerrance, and more than 100 artists from around the...

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CITY OF DANCE // 56' - 2013

This documentary gives the floor to hip-hop artists and dancers on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Suresnes Cités Danse festival. For several weeks, we follow the dancers and choreographers from the first auditions through rehearsals to the final show, sharing their lives, their joy and occasionally their pain.

The Festival Suresnes Cités Danse has allowed the hip-hop movement to shed its "suburb and hoodie" label and to evolve and mix with other styles at an annual...

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LIKE A STAR (MIGUEL ANGEL ESTRELLA) // 52' - 2013

The story of Miguel Angel Estrella, a talented musician, lauded by his peers, who has turned his back on the comforts of fame to follow his heart and conscience and become a social musician at the service of the poor.
We go back over his life, through the values that guide and inspire him.

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VLADIMIR VELICKOVIC, INTO THE DARK // 52' - 2013

Vladimir Velickovic is a Serbian painter. He has been living and working in Paris since 1965. Never leaving his studio, day after day, we see him working on huge paintings and large-scale drawings. While he is painting, Velickovic talks about himself and his work. He is a man who thinks out loud about creating art... In the grandiose setting of his studio, Velickovic is the only actor, accompanied by only the filmmaker. At the end of this 28-day shoot, there is beauty: that of an artwork, and...

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RICARDO CAVALLO OR THE HAWK'S DREAM // 52' - 2013

The painter Ricardo Cavallo, an exile in France from Argentine, has settled in the Finistere where he has become the master of many pupils. Whatever the colour of the sky, Cavallo sets his easel in a kind of World's End by the ocean or at the foot of the great Morlaix viaduct. As if in all these landscapes he was seeking familiar features, a buried past. Maybe all those surroundings and landscapes are here to hide a face, the secret face at the center of his cathedral...

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VALERIAN : THE STORY OF PAGE 52 // 43' - 2013

Few months before Luc Besson' movie "Valérian and the city of the 1000 planets" release, this documentary is an immersion” within the studio of JEAN-CLAUDE MÉZIÈRES, a master of the 9th Art and co-creator with PIERRE CHRISTIN of the “VALÉRIAN” series.
A day-by-day, real-time tutorial in the art of comic strip illustration.

An artist sits down at his drawing board. In front of him is a blank page. Within seven days, the blank page will have become a comic strip plate....

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THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, DIARY OF A CREATION // 52' - 2013

In June 2012, a new version of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro opened at the Opéra de Bordeaux, directed by Laurent Laffargue. The filmmakers followed the director and his team throughout the nine months it took to produce the opera. From the first preparatory meetings to the night of the dress rehearsal, their camera moved between the scenic workshop and the costume department, the dressing rooms and the backstage area, the stage of the Grand-Théâtre and the rehearsal rooms; it followed the...

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THE BEAT OF THE GAMBA: AFRICA IN THE HEART OF BRAZILIAN AMAZONIA // 52' - 2013

Gamba is a fusion of African music brought to Amazonia by the slaves with Indian songs and missionary hymns. In the 19th century, slaves fleeing the plantations and the hardships of captivity took refuge in the forest. They lived there with the Indians, who taught them to survive in the hostile environment of the big forest. From their meeting sprang this astonishing Afro-Indigenous music, based on drums, song and dances.
Barro, a descendant of slaves, started his Gamba group, Pingo de...

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PIAF'S SECRET STORY // 70' - 2013

The only film about Piaf including a large part of totally unique, private and unpublished archive footage !

The whole of France followed her sensational love affairs, misfortunes, health problems and comebacks like a soap opera… Her refrains were heard all over the world. She had just celebrated her 48th birthday. But on Friday, 11th October 1963, everything stopped... France was plunged into mourning. Despite the fact that she was denied a Mass, L’Osservatore Romano, the organ...

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LANG LANG // 52' - 2012

Chinese virtuoso pianist Lang Lang is a "Wunderkind" like Mozart. Half-god in China, superstar in the United States, darling of the classical music record label Deutsche Grammophon, he is a UFO in the muffled world of classical music. Lang Lang is the engine of an incredible piano-boom in China that has chained thousands of children to their keyboards. This film investigates this phenomenon by tracing the journey of a child who was spoiled by the music gods.


PHOTOS : ...

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JAZZANINI // 52' - 2012

Musical documentary about the French jazz musician Marcel ZANINI, who achieved the fame in the 70s with the song, " Tu veux ou tu veux pas".

Since his youth in Marseilles, Marcel Zanini has had a passion for music.
He’s adapted more than one song, often Jazz standards, from the days of swing. Having rubbed shoulders with the greatest jazzmen, he continues to sing and play sax and clarinet today. His hat, his suits, his moustache, his round glasses, all worn with elegance,...

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AUCTIONEERS! // 52' + 4x26' - 2012

Two million objects, from the most ordinary to the most precious, change hands every year in the 400 auction rooms in France.
This is the story of life in the provincial auction house in Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher, owned by Philippe Rouillac and his son Aymeric.
Every year, they hold an auction at the Château de Cheverny, which equals any at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris or Christie’s in London.
A few months before the annual sale, Philippe and Aymeric Rouillac set off on a...

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A BARREL OF LAUGHS, 25 YEARS OF TAMBOURS DU BRONX // 52' - 2012

Evoking the Tambours' carreer this documentary takes us on a journey inside one of the most special bands in today's musical landscape. What started as a small band in a small industrial town of France has turned into an international phenomenon and their concerts have become major events in international festivals and celebrations.
The film combines concerts and rehearsals to share the energy of live shows and interviews of artists and personalities who can witness their dramatic...

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LAURENT VICOMTE, SOLITARY CROSSING // 64' - 2012

Laurent Vicomte is considered to be the slowest author in the entire history of comic strips.
For almost 12 years, hundreds of thousands of readers have been awaiting his next album, the sequel to the mythical first volume of Sasmira published in 1997.
Behind this editorial silence lies a complex artist, whose fastidiousness has become legendary.

For the last six years I have been following him on his quest for the absolute, filming the genesis of this much...

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MAORI // 524 - 2011

Maori is an immersion in the contemporary Maori society of New Zealand, to meet those who contribute every day to its cultural vibrancy.

PHOTOS :
© DR / TANGARO, MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY

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GOUDJI, SACRED ART ! // 52' - 2011

Goudji, the goldsmith dearly beloved by bishops and Academicians, is known in artistic circles as a creator who defies classification: gold working would seem to be a forgotten art, but yet, impressed by his talents, numerous museum curators have opened their doors to him. Goudji is the first artist to have designed a collection of jewellery for the Louvre Museum. Influenced by the great western myths and long-gone civilisations renowned for their artistry, his skill as a goldsmith, his...

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MICHEL ONFRAY, A PHILOSOPHICAL LIFE // 2x52' - 2011

These intimates documentaries have been put together from more thirty hours of previously unseen, unedited interviews, and a large amount of personal archive material, also never previously seen: family photos and films; rare and profound moments generously shared with us in his village, Argentan, in the places in which he grew up, at the People’s University in Caen, in the rehabilitation gardens he created, and with neighbours from his University of Taste.

The 2 x 52-minutes...

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PIETRAGALLA, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH // 52' - 2010

Portrait of the French dancer and choreographer Marie-Claude Pietragalla.

Discipline, rigour, will and commitment are all adjectives that define the temperament of Marie-Claude Pietragalla, who was named principal dancer of the Ballet de l’Opera National Opera de Paris in 1990.
At 35, she decided to go it alone and, after succeeding Roland Petit at the National Ballet of Marseille, created her own company in 2004 with her husband, the dancer Julien Derouault. Since then...

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IN THE CLICK OF A SHUTTER // 52' - 2010

In this film we follow the photographer Malik Nejmi on a journey through the world of horse-race betting. A world with its own symbols, gestures and rituals; a world in which passion, energy and hope are concentrated in a fraction of a second, but also in seemingly endless waiting.
It’s also a road-movie, a chance to discover a photographer and his world through his own personal story and his perpetual desire to experience new cultures. Malik Nejmi is in search of a face, a hope, a...

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UNITED STATES OF AIRNADETTE // 52' - 2010

AIRNADETTE, the first Air Band of the world was born from the melting of Air Guitar and Hair Brush (Air singing).
After a sucessfull European tour,
Château Brutal, Christilla Cargol, Gunther Love, Jean-Françoise, M-Rodz, Moche Pitt and Scotch Britt come in America for their US tour.
This Us Tour is the real outcome for all rock bands ... even if they are masters of illusions.
This successfully phenomenon built on Air questions all of us.
The Air Band is a...

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ANDY AND THE JUMBIES // 52' - 2010

Let’s follow Andy Narell during a musical road movie, which will take us from Paris to Trinidad through the USA.
We will try to understand how a “little white man” from New York City becomes a star of a not predestined musical and cultural trend.
Andy will also introduce his Trinidadian friends who have an international career such as David Rudder from Calypso, or Peter Minshall, one of the greatest scenograph designer of the time. Andy will also meet young musicians and transmit...

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MAGIC : DREAM AND ILLUSIONS // 52' - 2010

Magic, at last, has been recognized as a noble art, music halls, theaters and cabarets are fully booked. Being illusionists, mentalists, new magic adepts, magicians succeeded to make their art evolve, mixing writing, acting and technical feats.

Leader of this renew, Dani Lary, who can be introduced as the French David Copperfield, fills the big theater rooms and gives to its audience high scale shows.
Eric Antoine, a rising star of magic, is succeeding his bet : a...

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IRENE COMPANEEZ, A VOICE IN EXIL // 52' - 2009

Irène is 76. She lives in a place known as Pigeon Bouillante in the Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe. A house lost in the rain forest. She has two dogs, two cats and a television set to keep her company.

On the walls are photographs of her in the greatest roles in opera. A dazzling career. From 1954 to 1966, she sang in the biggest venues in Italy, accompanied by the most prestigious conductors of the time. One day, everything stopped. She lost her voice. She was only 35. After...

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ROUGE CIEL // 90' & 52' - 2009

The Japanese Kunizo Matsumoto cannot read nor write, yet he has invented a form of writing that is both beautiful and enigmatic.
The American George Widener, who is capable of memorizing events of the last 1,500 years, can also predict the future, which he inscribes in his “magic squares”, on a paper tablecloth.
Fernand Desmoulin, a French engraver, draws with no light while the “spirits” guide his hand.
The Czech Zdenek Kosek sits for weeks, looking through his window,...

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THE MUSIC HALL IS IN THE FIELDS // 52' - 2009

Third French music hall after the Lido and the Moulin Rouge, the Royal Palace has its own particularity that makes of it a unique music hall in the world.
The Royal Palace is standing in the middle of the fields, on the outskirts of a very small village from Alsace of 450 inhabitants. The lights that enlighten the music hall are part of the landscape just like cows or tractors. At Royal Palace, the seasonal rhythm is part of the show, very far from the night bustle of Paris.
Who,...

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DUST AND ILLUSIONS, A SHORT HISTORY OF BURNING MAN // 60' & 83' - 2008-2009

For the last twenty years a totally unique event has taken place in Nevada, in the middle of the vast Black Rock desert, on the site of an ancient dried up lake surrounded by arid mountains: Burning Man. In 2008, it attracted 40,000 visitors. Many were there for the first time, but most of them had been coming for 5, 10 or 20 years. Each time they try to reconstruct a Utopian world in which the main values are art, sharing and free expression. Through this portrait of the festival’s founding...

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ZURICH 4 - PARIS 18 // 52' - 2007

Two cities, two neighborhoods, six artists ; « Zurich 4 – Paris 18 » is a look at two colorful and dark universes, where live together a number of cultures, languages and religions. It is the story of two old workers’ neighborhoods impacted by immigration, poverty but also by solidarity, politic and cultural engagement. : “la Goutte d'Or” in Paris and Langstrasse neighborhood in Zurich.
As part of a cultural project, artists from these two neighborhoods exchanged their life location....

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LARGO // 95' - 2007

The documentary “Largo” proposes to go through Largo Winch's creation, a successful French-Belgian comic strip series.
Through the past 15 years, the main character, Largo Winch, a young billionaire wearing jeans who live amazing adventures, allowed the comic books series to become a best seller : up to 500 000 albums are sold yearly.
This documentary follows Jean Van Hamme, Largo Winch’s screenplay writer, and Philippe Francq, its cartoonist, during the two years of their...

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SECRET STORIES OF PRIMITIVE ARTS // 52' - 2006

The scientists of the Louvre’s laboratory examine closely the pieces exposed in the Quai Branly Museum, which opened its doors on June 23rd, 2006. At the feet of the Louvre’s Museum is a magic and secret place, at the intersection of art and science : the research and restoration’s center of french museums. Here, the scientists scrutinize the works of art with devices which make material speak (infrareds, X-rays, particle accelerator, electron microscopes). Van Gogh, Veronese, Ingres, Rodin :...

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WHEN VERSAILLES RECOVERS ITS BEAUTY // 52' - 2005

On the immense construction site of restoration undertaken in Versailles, the art and the crafts converse with science and high technology. A learned visit, close to gestures and works, of the most visited site in Europe, from the gallery of Mirrors to Apollon’s pond.
As part of this restoration site, all means are implemented, from the most craft gesture to the most advanced technologies, because, from now on, curators and restorers fight with science’s weapons.
This...

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RESCUE EXCAVATION : AN OLYMPIC RACE // 52' - 2004

Hundred and seven years after the first Olympiad of modern time, summer olympic games are going to find again their native land from 13 to 29, August 2004.
To face the sports event, it is necessary to build Olympic sites. We thus attend a spectacular deployment of means and launches of colossal works. But problem : every time works are launched for the construction of Athens of the XXIth century, the past comes out from the ground, echoing ancient Athens. This film tells us this...

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HORSES IN THE WORLD, AS SEEN BY YANN ARTHUS BERTRAND // 52' - 2003

A meeting with the internationally acclaimed photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand, during the compilation of his book “Chevaux”.
Although best known for his aerial photography, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has always had a passion for animals, from the big cats of Africa down to man’s most faithful friends, dogs and cats – and not forgetting horses. Here, he gives us a comprehensive overview of the equine race and sets off on a world tour, taking us from the Argentinean Pampas to the Mongolian...

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GEORGES RICARD CORDINGLEY'S JOURNEY // 26' - 2003

A Lifesaving boat in the fog. Newfoundland, end of the 18th century.
In this boat, survivors for a ship wreck. Among them, one man different from the others. This man is a painter. His name is Georges Ricard Cordingley.
This half dead man starving and suffering from the cold weather was a few months before the favorite of the royal court of England: the preferred painter of Queen Victoria.
How did he end up there ?
Through conversations with his daughter now 80...

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PATRON OR PYGMALION, A PORTRAIT OF MISIA SERT // 53' - 2001

Within the particular context of before and after the First World War, Misia Sert, who came to France from Poland as a child, helped to bring out and prescribe the major musical innovations of the beginning of the century. A patron and friend of Diaghilev and Stravinsky, she was also friends with Cocteau, Chanel and Picasso and the muse of Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Vuillard and Mallarme.
Through this portrait of Misia Sert, the documentary reveals the exceptional adventure embarked upon...

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LUC SIMON, PAINTER OF LIGHT // 24' - 2000

Baroque artist, fervent Rimbaldian and descendant of one of the most illustrious glassmaking families in Reims, Luc Simon returns to his roots by creating eight stained glass windows for the church of Our Lady of Lucy-sur-Yonne, a small village near Vezelay. Following the creation of these windows through every stage, from the drawing board to their installation, the film sketches the portrait of a lyrical and flamboyant artist.


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