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

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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JEAN VANLOO, KING OF CLUBS // 52' - 2018 - in production

Between 1960 and 1980, Jean Vanloo made Mouscron, a small town with 60,000 inhabitants, the Belgian capital of rock, pop and disco! Jimi Hendrix, the Kinks, Gene Vincent, Sunlight and even Madonna - they all crossed his path.
Jean Vanloo, a former lifeguard, by no means destined for a career in music, became a successful producer with the disco track "Born to be Alive" (more than 27 million copies sold throughout the world!) With no experience in this field but a sharp ear, incredible...

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SALVADOR DALI: THE FOUR STROKE SIGNATURE // 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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LA STORY DES ANNÉES 80 // 86' - 2017

Les années 80, une décennie légère, gaie et colorée, qui a vu naître des talents tels que Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen, George Michael, Police ou encore Prince. Les années 80, c’est aussi cet éventail de styles musicaux, de l’âge d’or des tubes festifs et dansants aux sons nouveaux et synthétiques, de “Macumba” aux “Démons de minuit”, révélés en France par le Top 50... Sans oublier l’arrivée de ce genre filmique à part entière qu’est le clip et qui révolutionnera le monde de la musique et...

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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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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 REAL STORY OF TÉLÉPHONE // 52' - 2016

Founded in 1976, the group Telephone made an indelible mark upon the French rock scene. Comprised of Jean-Louis Aubert, Louis Bertignac, Richard Kolinka and Corine Marienneau, the legendary group sold more than 6 million albums. It was under the name “Les Insus” that three of its members reformed in 2015. A look back at their story, their success, their break-up in April 1986 and their rebirth.

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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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MANUELA // 52' - 2016

How do you make the leap from the asphalt of the suburbs to the largest Hip Hop dance floors? This is the journey of Manuela Bolegue, a young woman of Central-African origin, who came to Chenôve in the suburbs of Dijon at the age of 10, and is now a professional dancer. But nothing is guaranteed, and living one’s art often means sacrificing everything to it. It’s a vocation that Manuela follows with passion and enthusiasm, dance having remained the greatest joy of her life.
Manuela tells...

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SEIJI OZAWA, THE LIVING SPIRIT OF MUSIC // 52' - 2016

At the age of 80, Seiji Ozawa is one of the last living legends of a bygone golden age of conducting. A pupil of Charles Munch and Herbert von Karajan, he was Leonard Bernstein’s assistant before taking over as director of the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra, which he led for thirty years.
This generation, which knew Richard Strauss, Bela Bartok and Toscanini, remains that of the rediscovery of the "great works" and the dissemination of what is now called "Classical music". It was...

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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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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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CELLO MASTERCLASS, GAUTIER CAPUCON // 54' - 2015

The Cello masterclass offers six young competition winners artistic and professional coaching sessions. In the new auditorium designed by Frank Gehry at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, each session results in a master class open to the public.
The eager young musicians vibrate their cello strings under the gaze of a prestigious artist, Gautier Capuçon, while audience members and music lovers share the intimacy of a class in which each young artist has the same burning ambition: to...

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FRANÇOISE SAGAN: THE ELEGANT ART OF LIVING // 52' & 60' - 2015

The writer Françoise Sagan (1935-2004) had everything you could wish for: love, success, money, fame. At 19, she became a household name with her first book, Bonjour Tristesse. She never stopped writing and living with elegance, sincerity and above all a freedom that many reproached her for.
Questioned jointly by her only son, Denis Westhoff, and the director, the woman that was Sagan is at the heart of this film.
An intimate journey through the archives, leading us closer to the...

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SYLVIE VARTAN // 52' - 2015

50 years after her first recording in Nashville, Sylvie Vartan is back to make the album she will sing at the Folies Bergeres in 2014. In one of her songs, she says: "I have traced my path, without turning round / leaving the wrong turnings I’ve taken behind me / I’ve dared to set out into unknown lands/ avoiding the pitfalls and returning home". It’s on this personal and public journey from her native Bulgaria to Paris, taking in a thousand places around the world, transcending fashions and...

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BURLESQUE ROMANCE // 52' - 2014

Burlesque Romance tells the story of a young artist torn between her career and her loves. A story that leads us into the nocturnal world of the night owls of Paris and Brussels, and the universe of Burlesque as seen by two young women.

Through the adventures of Audrey, a dancer and burlesque stripper, and her friend Betty, this film gives a voice to a new generation of artists, and discovers how they are appropriating, reinventing or remaining prisoner to the stereotypes of...

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JEAN PHILIPPE RAMEAU, THE MAGNIFICIENT MISUNDERSTOOD // 92' - 2014

Two years before George Frederic Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach in Germany, a great composer was born in France. His name is Jean-Philippe Rameau and he will be the greatest composer of the 18th century. Born under Louis XIV, and died 20 years before the French Revolution, Rameau is one of the great masters of Western music. In a 90-minute portrait, director Olivier Simonnet tells us the story of this man who was said little amiable. He convenes in magical places (the Royal Opera of...

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EDGAR MORIN, CHRONICLE OF A GAZE // 81' - 2014

From Paris to Berlin, giving lessons or visiting museums, Edgar Morin speaks about the essential part cinema had in his intellectual fulfilment, from his childhood and the discovering of social and political French, German ou Sovietic movies, to the writing of his worldfamous essays « The Cinema or The Imaginary man » and « The Stars » in the 50's, and the directing of Chronicle of a summer in 1960 with Jean Rouch. The first time using of direct sound in this documentary was a revolution in...

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LES BUTTES CHAUMONT, STUDIO DE LÉGENDE // 52' - 2014

Des 5 Dernières Minutes, à Ciel Mon Mardi. De Discorama à la Télé des Inconnus, nous avons tous vu un jour une série, une émission tournée dans les mythiques studios des Buttes Chaumont.

C’est dans cette impressionnante forteresse que furent créées les émissions qui ont bercé des générations de téléspectateurs. Comédiens, chanteurs, animateurs, les plus grandes stars du vingtième siècle ont fréquenté ce haut lieu de l'audiovisuel.

Depuis l'époque de l'ORTF jusqu'à...

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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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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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ISABELLE ADJANI, 2 OR 3 THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT HER… // 70' - 2013

In this interview, punctuated with touching archive material and film clips, the mysterious Isabelle Adjani speaks openly for the first time.

Passionate, sensitive and exceptionally beautiful, Isabelle Adjani is one of France’s greatest stars. An actress from an early age, she was still in her teens when she landed the role of Agnes in Molière’s The School for Wives at the Comédie Française. Hailed as a revelation, the press was full of praise for her talent, youth and...

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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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JEAN-LUC GODARD, DISORDER EXPOSED // 64' - 2012

While visiting an imaginary set where are remaining the ruins of the exhibition Jean-Luc Godard made in 2006 in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, André S. Labarthe, long time friend of Godard, offers a new vision of his work. This documentary contains never seen footage of the exhibition, rare archives about Godard, clips from his films and from the films he made for french TV.

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ENRICO MACIAS, A LIFE IN SONG // 52' - 2012

With more than 50 million records sold over his 50-year career, Enrico Macias is one of the best-known Frenchmen in the world. Repatriated during the Algerian War of Independence, it was on the boat, watching his beloved homeland disappear forever, that he composed the song, “J’ai quitté mon pays”. Before long he became the voice of a group of men and women repatriated in extremis, forced to leave everything behind, and soon referred to as “Pieds-Noirs”. It was with him that they found ways to...

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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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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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ANDRÉ MODESTE GRÉTRY, A MUSICIAN AMIDST THE TURMOIL // 56' - 2010

Born in Liège in 1741, André Modeste Grétry, was the uncontested star of the French Opera of the second half of the 18th century.
He arrived in Paris under the reign of Louis XIV, Grétry then became Marie-Antoinette's favorite composer, the musician of the revolution and Napoleon's protegé. What a carreer! Despite the fact that he was the most succesful composer of that period, his music had completely disapeared by the 19th century.
We had to wait till 2010 to hear his music echo...

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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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ADVERT PLANET // 115 X 26' - 2009 - 2005

Funny, crazy, spectacular, moving, original, creative… the world’s best commercials analyzed in commentaries by specialists!
Through the prism of advertising, PLANETE PUB deciphers the way in which adverts treat (or mistreat!) people and their failings in different countries, analyses the differences between our cultures, and laughs at our daily lives and the peculiar ways of the human race.

Season 1 – 2005 (50 ep.)
Animals/Homosexuality/Seniors/Filthy kids/Life in...

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JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY: AN UNACCOMMODATING MAN // 92' - 2009

A major docu-drama about the talented Italian composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, known as the inventor of French opera. Thanks to his sharp political acumen, he managed to establish himself as musical director to King Louis XIV. A documentary filmed in Versailles featuring exceptional musicians, leading experts, and one of the principal actors from the Comédie Française.

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BORIS VIAN, A JAZZ LIFE // 57' - 2009

April 1968. While the student revolt was rumbling on, posters were popping up all over Paris for a movie based on a book by Boris Vian, l’Ecume des jours (Froth on the Daydream).

Over the preceding years, the novel had become a "best seller", adored by young people who had finally discovered an author who spoke a language they understood.

Boris Vian, who died in 1959 at the age of 39, created a scandal under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan; he created one of the most...

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MENAHEM PRESSLER // 70' - 2009

Menahem means consolation in hebrew. As a child he got over the violence of anti-Semitism taking refuge into the music. At 92 years old, Menahem Pressler is still finding consolation during his concerts, master classes, rehearsals. Whatever may be the city he goes to, the only thing he ever sees are the concert hall, the airport, the hotel. Constantly seeking for a piano to work on, he feels like wasting his time as soon as he moves away from it. Just like in his childhood, music keeps beeing 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...

Art, Culture & Music
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...

Art, Culture & Music
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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