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Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun: A Touch of Grace

HD - 2015 - French - 90 min & 2 x 52 min - Color

Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun: A Touch of Grace

Le fabuleaux Elisabeth Vigée le Brun peintre de Marie- Antoinette (original title)


A film by Arnaud Xainte

« Between two centuries as at the confluence of two rivers». These words of Chateaubriand seem to be written for Louise-Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. Born in 1755 and died in 1842, Louise-Elisabeth lived numerous and various periods of time, thanks to her exceptional longevity.

Official painter of Marie Antoinette, whose portrait she painted 30 times, she knew eight political systems, two revolutions, painted more than 660 portrayals, and received in her salon the whole political and artistic intelligentsia of the late 18th century until 1840. She fled the revolution in October 1789, for a 13 year long exile, going through Italia, Russia, Austria, England, and Switzerland. Everywhere, she was received by all the greatest courts of Europe and, besides posterity, was paid the highest fees of her time. The freedom of Louise Elisabeth, nonetheless an 18th century woman, echoes strongly with today’s women struggle, being the first French female painter to be recognized around the world.

The embodiment of the character by fiction appeared to us as the right choice obviously. Interviews of speakers are mixed with fictional scenes. These moments are an evocation of times and places when and where Louise Elisabeth lived, enlightening personal and historical events. In order to make the spectators feel the modernity of this character, the director used also some special effects: we zoom into the canvas so that we understand in a better way the meaning and the structure; engravings are animated; matte paintings remind us the poetry of the artist’s travels; several sequences mix fiction and painting.

EVL used fresh & bright colors and always painted her models in a graceful way, contrasting with the heavy settings usually employed at the time and the film pays homage to her unusual technique at the time.




Our Last Tango

DCP - HD - 2015 - Germany, Argentina - 85 Min - Color

Our Last Tango

Un Tango Mas (original title)


A film by German Kral

Our Last Tango“ is above all a love story. A story of love between the two most famous dancers in tango’s history. And the story of their tremendous love of tango.

María Nieves Rego (80) and Juan Carlos Copes (83) met when they were 14 and 17, and they danced together for nearly fifty years. In all those years they loved and hated each other and went through several painful separations but always got back together. No other man danced like Juan and no other woman danced like María!

Eventually, he left her for good for a woman 20 years younger with whom he fathered two children.

Now, at the end of their lives, Juan and María are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion.

 In „Our Last Tango“ Juan and María tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango-choreographies.  These beautifully-shot choreographies compliment the soul-searching interviews and documentary moments of the film to make this an unforgettable journey into the heart of the tango.




Ulyana Lopatkina: A Russian Star

HD - 2015 - French - 90 min - Color / Black & White

Ulyana Lopatkina: A Russian Star

Ouliana Lopatkina: La Divine (original title)


A film by Marlène Ionesco

Born in 1973 is a small Ukrainian village, Ulyana Lopatkina reveals herself as a precocious dancer and enters the prestigious Vaganova Academy in Saint-Petersburg from which she graduates with a Grand Prix in 1991.

 This is when she starts collaborating with the Marinski theatre where she quickly becomes a Prima Ballerina with incredible performances.

Injured, she will stop dancing for two years and come back with more insurance and more characters personification. She then triumphs with Swan Lake and according to specialized critics, she is to date the most beautiful swan they ever seen in the history of classical ballet.  




AGNES LETESTU

HD - 2014 - French - 93 - Color

AGNES LETESTU

Agnes Letestu (original title)


A film by Marlène Ionesco

The film focuses particularly on the two last years in this prestigious institution. The story of this film takes us to the official farewell of Agnès Letestu with "La Dame Aux Camelias" by John Neumeier in the evening of October 10, 2013 at the Opera de Paris. From "Children of Paradise" to "La Dame aux Camelias" by choreographer José Martinez, this film captures the ultimate emotional and magical moments on stage, in rehearsals and backstage.The testimonies of major choreographers of our time such as W. Forsythe, Carolyn Carlson, Jri Kylian, Nureyev, Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Pierre Lacotte, and other stars like Jose Martinez, Stephane Bullion, Ghislaine Thesmaret bring a unique insight of Agnes Letestu. The film shows many extracts from classical and contemporary ballet: Cinderella and Swan Lake by Nureyev, The Prodigal Son by Balanchine, "Dances at a Gathering" by Jerome Robbins, “Signs” by Carolyn Carlson “Wound work” by Forsythe...In a long interview this extraordinary dancer opens up and gives us her past, present and future: a life devoted to dance.

 




Plot for Peace

DCP – HD - 2013 - South Africa - 84 Min - Color

Plot for Peace



A film by Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson

This is the untold story behind History, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon: Nelson Mandela's release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa's front line states helped end apartheid. Their improbable key to Mandela's prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed "Monsieur Jacques" in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust.




Ain’t Misbehavin

DCP – HD - 2013 - France - 106 Min - Color / Black & White

Ain’t Misbehavin

Un Voyageur (original title)


A film by Marcel Ophuls

Eighteen years after his last film (The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime), Marcel Ophuls comes back as one of the last cinema master and more especially, the most caustic and the funniest.

The director of The Sorrow and the Pity, shares his memories with us, stories incredibly rich and fascinating, making of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN a cheerful and bittersweet trip in Cinema history.

Son of the great Max Ophuls, Marcel can be a generous man and an admirer. Marcel talks with and about personalities like Jeanne Moreau, Bertold Brecht, Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger, Woody Allen, Stanlely Kubrick and, of course, his friend François Truffaut.

A filmmaker without memory doesn't exist, here is Marcel Ophuls's “memorabilia store”.




My Father and The Man in Black

DCP – HD - 2013 - Canada - 90 Min - Color / Black & White

My Father and The Man in Black



A film by Jonathan Holiff

MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK is the unauthorized look at Johnny Cash in the 1960s, as seen through the eyes of his manager, the late Saul Holiff. But this is no ordinary music documentary.

Shot on film, this one-of-a-kind movie directed by Saul's son, Jonathan Holiff, is driven by Johnny's and Saul's own voices. After his father's suicide in 2005, Jonathan discovered a storage locker full of never-before-published material on Johnny Cash--including 60 hours of audio diaries and telephone calls recorded in the '60 and '70s. A very personal journey of discovery that just happens to feature one of 20th century's greatest music icons comes to market in time for the 10th anniversary of Cash's death on September 12




New Life

DCP-HD - 2012 - Czech Republic, Slovak Republic - 80 & 53 Min - Color

New Life

Nový život rodinného alba (original title)


A film by Adam Ol’ha

The big Slovak family. Seven women and just one man left.

Father couldn't managed them and found another woman.

Son, "the only man standing" is trying to understand father's act and women's world.

Takes the tools of his father - camera and many photos left to find men's role in "such a family". How he can learn from parent's divorce and how can he teach his sisters to divorce well in the future?




Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom

HD - 2011 - France - 96 & 52 min - Color / Black & White

Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom

Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom (original title)


A film by Ian Ayres

Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean, was one of the very first teen idols and one of the last real movie stars. From his difficult upbringing in the Bronx, where he was born Bernie Schwartz, to his unprecedented fame and infamous way with women, TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM presents Mr. Curtis's life in all its rags to riches glory. Interviews with Tony's family, friends and co-stars (Hugh Hefner, Harry Belafonte, Debbie Reynolds, Mamie Van Doren, Piper Laurie, Theresa Russell, Jill Curtis among others!) along with exclusive footage and film clips are given deeper meaning and clarity by the most honest and intimate interview the actor may have ever given. Here, in the definitive film about Tony Curtis, filmmaker Ian Ayres forms this incredible material into a revealing portrait of one of the greatest Hollywood celebrities of all time.

 

TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM explores the man's rebellious demeanor, his struggle as a Jew in Hollywood, his difficult childhood, the brief love affair with Marilyn Monroe and his failed marriages to actresses Janet Leigh and Christine Kaufman, his courageous stance to break the color barrier with The Defiant Ones (the film that earned him an Oscar Nomination), and his entire sixdecade career. A sex symbol, a matinee idol, a powerful and magnetic actor, Tony Curtis was the original movie star.