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ABU SIMBEL, GIANTS OF THE NILE // 52' - IN DEVELOPMENT - 2020

Discover the history of a legendary temple, from its construction to today!

In 1250 BC, over 3000 years ago, Ramses II, a warrior and builder, reigned supreme over Egypt. He launched a gigantic construction site during his fifth year in reign. At the gates of Nubia, he erected two colossal temples dedicated to the Pharaoh and to his wife Nefertari.
The workers hammered 55 meters into the heart of a hill overlooking the Nile. They excavated thousands of cubic meters of...

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THE SECRETS OF FORT BOYARD // 52' - IN DEVELOPMENT - 2019

At first, there was nothing but a 6km wide estuary, where ships coming in from the Atlantic could dock. But in case of war, it became a trap if enemy ships slipped in to attack the French fleet at rest.
To protect the area, they would need ships anchored in the middle of the straight to stop the enemy getting through, which was obviously impossible, the currents being too strong. So, the engineers and architects came up with the crazy idea of building a fort, its numerous embrasures...

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FORTIFIED CASTLES : THE ORIGINS / THE RISE AND FALL // 2 x 52' - 2019

Centuries after they first appeared in the landscape, many castles remain intact, complete with cathedrals and symbols of the Middle Ages and the power of their lords and rulers. For five centuries, the creation of these castles was accompanied by a political and cultural evolution during the medieval period.

Over time, the shapes, designs, and characteristics of the thousands of castles built in Europe have changed considerably. These structures represent a world in constant...

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MARITIME FORTRESSES, THE LAST DEFENSIVE WALLS // 52' - 2019

They stand watch along the French coast like guardians of the seas from an ancient time. Like the castles that punctuate the territory, the naval forts are the clearly visible vestiges of a time when France had to protect itself from foreign invasions...
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the great naval powers such as the Netherlands and England were equipping themselves with ever more powerful warships and the oceans were veritable battlefields, France had to defend its...

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GOLDEN AGE OF THE CASTLE // 63' - 2018

For nearly five centuries, castles were at the heart of a society based on ties of vassalage, bringing together political, administrative, judicial and economic functions in addition to defending a territory.
This film traces the golden age of castles through the construction of the castle of Guédelon, 3D modeling and the meticulous reconstruction of the life of a seigniorial family in the twelfth or thirteenth century.

The castle is undoubtedly the emblematic monument of...

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THE GREAT HISTORY OF CASTLES // 52' - 2018

Suffused with mystery and grandeur, castles testify to medieval civilization and enfold a complex reality.
Travelling from castle to castle, from the borders of Spain to the mountains of Switzerland, from the moorland of Scotland to the banks of the Dordogne, and thanks to 3D modeling, this film traces a thousand years of medieval military construction.


With the constant evolution of construction methods and siege techniques, a frantic race began to achieve optimal...

Performing Arts
APATRIDE: ANDRÉ MANOUKIAN AT THE TRIANON // 90' - 2018

André Manoukian, songwriter-composer of Armenian descent, reconnects with his oriental roots.
Between Vienna and Samarkand, in search of flashes of melancholy, in this concert he rediscovers the soul of his ancestors.
In his new album, "Apatride ", he explores new sound territories, armed with Iranian sacred drums, a Turkish cellist, a Syrian singer, an Armenian duduk and "alaturka" rhythms, pushing mental boundaries to draw the outlines of a lost paradise.

Concert...

Performing Arts
THE RITE OF SPRING (STRAVINSKY) // 42' - 2017

Performing the Rite of Spring at the Philharmonie de Paris with no conductor, David Grimal and the 97 musicians of the Dissonances give themselves a harder challenge each year.
This work by Stravinsky, written in 1913, explores simple themes: rhythm and harmony. However, it was one of the most scandalous in the history of music, the first performance sparking demonstrations in the hall!

Performing Arts
BEETHOVEN'S 7TH SYMPHONY // 43' - 2017

David Grimal and the 97 musicians of the Dissonances give themselves a harder challenge each year, performing Beethoven's 7th symphony at the Philharmonie de Paris:
- - Allegretto
- - Presto
- - Allegro con brio

Performing Arts
HAYDN’S THE SEASONS : PARIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, ACCENTUS CHOIR // 149' - 2017

Concert recorded on December 16, 2017 at La Philarmonie de Paris
Laurence Equilbey conducts Joseph Haydn's great oratorio, "The Seasons", performed by the Accentus choir and the Paris Chamber Orchestra. This is the Philharmonie de Paris’ Christmas concert, a participatory event in which the public is invited to sing certain passages of the work.
The concert highlights Laurence Equilbey’s brilliance in conducting both the orchestra and choir in a major work from the repertoire.

Performing Arts
AMERICA : FROM BERNSTEIN TO BARTOK // 95' - 2017

In concert on April 8, 2017 at the Opéra de Dijon, with David Grimal and Les Dissonances:
America! A new world of dreams and fortune that captures the migrant as soon as he sees the Statue of Liberty and the docks of New York from the deck of the boat. But also America, a land of disappointed hopes, of forced exile, where our memories of home are confronted with a new culture to which we must adapt.
It is to this ambivalent America that Les Dissonances - without a leader as usual...

Performing Arts
SCHUMANN - BRUCKNER // 94' - 2017

In concert on January 30, 2017 at the Philharmonie de Paris.
David Grimal is the soloist in a little known work, Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto, and explores with Les Dissonances Bruckner’s immense 7th Symphony, with its overwhelming Adagio mourning the death of Richard Wagner.
- Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor
- Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Performing Arts
SNARKY PUPPY AT THE OLYMPIA: CUCHA VULCHA // 105' - 2017

In concert on May 18, 2017 at the Olympia
Based in Brooklyn but formed in Texas, the Snarky Puppy collective is considered by Rolling Stone to be "one of the most exciting groups on the stage today". In this concert they give us an album in which Motown meets Bombay and Dallas church music is tinged with South American sounds. An irresistible combination of funk and groove!

Performing Arts
A JOURNEY WITH MARCEL KHALIFÉ // 94' - 2017

This Lebanese artist with his prolific output (film music, ballets, concertos, symphonies...), a recognized “Unesco Artist for Peace" for his commitment to his country’s musical heritage, has set himself the task of reviving the spirit of Middle Eastern music. By way of mixing cultures, Marcel Khalifé plays here with his two sons, Rami and Bachar, and the l’Orchestre National d’île de France.

In concert on May 5, 2017 at the Philharmonie de Paris 1
PROGRAMME :

Performing Arts
MAURICE RAVEL : 5 WORKS BY DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES // 80' - 2016

A man with an independent and enigmatic nature, Maurice Ravel’s work lies at the turning point between the 19th and 20th centuries, a time of quarrels between modernists and traditionalists. After the First World War and the death of Debussy, he was considered one of the greatest French composers of the 20th century.

In residence at the Dijon Opera, the Dissonances ensemble presents their interpretation of 5 works by the maestro Maurice Ravel:

- Valses nobles et...

Performing Arts
VERDI: OVERTURE OF "THE FORCE OF DESTINY" CLASSICAL CONCERT // 8' - 2016

Leonora, daughter of the Marquis of Calatrava, loves a man of mixed race, Don Alvaro, with whom she plans to flee from the paternal castle. Torn between passion and remorse, the girl's hesitation delays the flight of the two lovers, who are surprised by the sudden arrival of her father. Throwing his pistol to the ground as a sign of good faith, Don Alvaro accidentally kills the marquis, who dies cursing his daughter, setting the relentless wheels of fate in motion...

DAVID GRIMAL...

Performing Arts
TCHAIKOVSKY: CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN OP.35 IN D MAJOR // 35' - 2016

Tchaikovsky's violin concerto in D major is a score of immense technical difficulty, which leans openly towards Gypsy music in the last movement and conceals a slow movement full of lyrical nostalgia that goes straight to the heart. Director Radu Mikaileanu gave this concerto a central role in his hit film The Concert and featured it in the final scene.


DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of Mozart, is a collective of...

Performing Arts
TCHAIKOVSKY: SYMPHONY NO. 4, OP.36 IN F MINOR // 44' - 2016

Dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s platonic muse (and wealthy patroness) Nadezhda von Meck, the Fourth Symphony conceals a hidden programme, which the composer explained in a letter to his friend. The main idea of the work, the kernel of the whole score, appears at the opening: "Fatum, that fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness, which jealously ensures that peace and happiness shall not be complete and unclouded (...) unwaveringly, constantly poisoning the soul."

Art, culture & music
LA YEGROS AT LA CIGALE, PARIS // 90' - 2019

La Yegros, the Argentine diva queen of Nu Cumbia, is back in Paris to present her new album "Suelta", produced by the legendary Argentine producer King Coya (musical director and composer of Fuerza Bruta and De La Guarda).
Promising a truly incredible concert, the singer loosens up the rustiest bodies, radiating energy with infectious joy as though spitting fire. The fusion of musical genres, shaman, cumbia, carnavalito mixed with Andean folklore, passed through the mill of Jamaican...

Art, culture & music
AFFECTS BAROQUES // 76' - 2019

Eva ZAIKIK, mezzo-soprano
Anna BESSON, traverso
Théotime LANGLOIS DE SWARTE, violin
Sophie DE BARDONNÈCHE, violin
Louise PIERRARD, viola da gamba
Justin TAYLOR, harpsichord


Eva Zaïcik is the Révélation Lyrique of the Victoires de la Musique 2018. Justin Taylor, equally at ease on the pianoforte as on the harpsichord, is the most recent First Prize winner of the prestigious Concours de Bruges: in their voice and under their fingers they...

Art, culture & music
LES DISSONANCES : 1905 // 112' - 2019

The inventive and brilliant Concerto by Stravinsky, a key element of the twentieth-century violin repertoire, responds to Shostakovich's powerful Eleventh Symphony, whose ferocity is matched only by its intense desolation.

Recorded on April 9th, 2019 at the Philharmonie de Paris (Salle Boulez)

- Alfred Schnittke – A Paganini 12min34s
- Stravinsky violin concerto 25 min 50s
- Dmitri Chostakovich Symphony 11 in G minor 1h 07 min 27 s
In 2004, the...

Art, culture & music
LES DISSONANCES : TITAN // 106' - 2018

Mahler's symphonic music is a new challenge for Les Dissonances, currently in residence at the Dijon Opera: they approach the repertoire without a conductor, and each musician bears part of the collective artistic responsibility. Mahler's First Symphony is a leap into a new world that is both familiar and disturbing.
Recorded on the 24th October 2018 at the Koningin Elisabethsaal in Antwerp
- Johannes Brahms - violin concerto in D major op.77 - 43min
- Gustav Mahler -...

Art, culture & music
THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS WITH BÉATRICE MARTIN // 69' - 2018

Béatrice Martin is a gifted harpsichordist, noted by international critics for her delicate touch and technical mastery.
Written for a two-manual harpsichord, J. Bach's Goldberg Variations are extremely difficult to play and incredibly rich in harmonies, rhythms and technical refinements.
The abbey of Port Royale des Champs is a place that invites daydreaming, its stone and wooden construction providing sublime acoustics, especially for the harpsichord.

Recorded on...

Art, culture & music
LANNERS DE LIÈGE, KNOWN AS BOULI // 57' - 2018

Portrait of the Belgian actor and director Bouli Lanners, whose films are about rambling, the passing landscape, the unforeseen, unexpected wanderings and his roadside encounters.
We filmed Bouli Lanners, in such a way as to fall into step with him, keeping pace with his movements, his rhythm, his breathing.
From Liège to Brussels, via Namur, expanding upon the places traversed by his stories and obsessions, his friendships and encounters, our protagonist tells us about himself,...

Art, culture & music
JEAN BOUISE, A VERY DISCREET HERO // 52' - 2018

Portrait of the French actor Jean Bouise.
Drooping eyelids behind thick glasses, a bushy moustache hiding an irregular set of teeth... A face that everyone knows, even if they can’t always put a name to it.

Jean Bouise was a supporting actor of the first order, able to play everything from classic roles to bastards, ordinary Frenchman and "best pals”.
Gifted, generous and committed, he spent four decades in the service of the greatest and most illustrious directors...

Art, culture & music
PAOLO SORRENTINO'S WORLD // 52' - 2018

This first and only documentary about the 48 year-old italian director Paolo Sorrentino shows how in films which mix reality and fantasy he has created his own particular world and become the award-winning star of contemporary italian cinema

Art, culture & music
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...

Art, culture & music
BRUNO PODALYDES, THE ILLUSIONIST // 52' - 2017

A documentary portrait of the French director and actor Bruno Podalydès. Since Versailles Rive Gauche, the filmmaker has given us "comedies d'auteur", sometimes burlesque, but always deep and touching. Writing his own films, he creates a very personal universe with his cinema family of actors, producers and technicians.
With Bruno Podalydès, seemingly normal situations degenerate very quickly, embroiling the characters in crazy physical, social and emotional intrigues that soon become...

Art, culture & music
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...

Art, culture & music
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...

Art, culture & music
DELEPINE / KERVERN: OPEN EXHAUSTS // 52' - 2016

Documentary about the filmmaking duo Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern.

Filmmakers Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern, who came to us from Groland, (a popular French TV show on Canal +), create works of poetry often inspired by outsider art and surrealism.
"Each of our films tells the same story: the liberation of someone through friendship and art."
This portrait-documentary was made during and after the shooting of "Saint Amour", the seventh film by Ben & Gus.

Art, culture & music
TOD BROWNING, THE GAME OF ILLUSIONS // 60' - 2016

A portrait of the "Edgar Allan Poe of the cinema", the director of the mythical Freaks and the first Dracula “talkie” with Bela Lugosi, through his films, which were thought lost and recently found.

Although the director's two best-known films are talkies (FREAKS and DRACULA), Tod Browning was mainly a filmmaker of the silent movie era, since the vast majority of his films have no sound. Yet his silent films are totally unknown, while many of them are masterpieces.
The...

Art, culture & music
BERNARD MENEZ, THE FLAMBOYAND // 52' - 2015

Portrait of the French actor Bernard Menez.
Menez is a case study for criticism, his filmography remaining an enigma for those who make a profession of applying labels, because many of his films feature in film club programmes.
Awkward, offbeat… Bernard Menez wields his sword with his "unintentional" humour, both in films that are “so bad they’re good” and arthouse cinema.

Art, culture & music
JACQUES TOURNEUR, THE MEDIUM : FILMING THE INVISIBLE // 60' - 2015

There’s a mystery surrounding Jacques Tourneur. Where does this belief in the invisible world and the supernatural come from in a director so firmly anchored in reality?
When Jacques Tourneur said in an interview that many people live in fear and don’t know it who could have imagined that, despite his apparent serenity, his films are a way to exorcise the constant fear in which he lives himself?
Along with a portrait of Jacques Tourneur as seen through his films, this documentary...

Art, culture & music
JACQUES PERRIN’S CINEMA // 60' - 2014

A cinematic tribute to the incredible actor, director and producer (Z, directed by Costa Gavras, Microcosmos, Himalaya, Winged Migration...) Jacques Perrin.
This is the story of an adventurer of the cinema, but also a free man with convictions. The entertainer Jacques Perrin is driven by a constant thirst for knowledge, sharing and encounter and feels it his constant duty to question himself, thus revealing his unwavering lust for life.
Including interviews with Claudia Cardinale,...

Horses & equestrianism
THE FEGENTRI HORSEWOMEN // 52' - 2017

12 women from different countries compete over the course of a year on the world’s most prestigious racetracks during the Fegentri Championship.
A film that gets us as close as possible to the riders, horses and atmosphere of the great races, and in which culture shocks, emotional ties and sporting rivalries combine to create a stunning portrait of twelve women with very different personalities.

Horses & equestrianism
ANDALUSIAN SPLENDOURS // 52' - 2015

This documentary sets out to explore one of the leading centres of Equestrian Art, the Royal Andalusian School in Jerez.
An undeniable part of Spain’s cultural heritage, Iberian equitation is brought here to a state of perfection... But the horse is also the emblem of Andalusia. Shot in 4K during the annual horse Feria, this film invites us on a wonderful journey through a region high in colour and tradition.


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