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TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH ?

DCP- HD - 2015 - French - 53 Min - Color / Black & White

TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH ?

Trop noire pour être française? (original title)


A film by Isabelle Boni-Claverie

Filmmaker Isabelle Boni-Claverie, a black woman who grew up in a privileged environment, has none of the supposed social handicaps that could impede social integration. And yet, she is often an object of discrimination. Has the Republic lied to her?

A brazen question illuminated by the analysis of Eric Fassin, Pap Ndiaye and Achille Mbembe regarding the inequalities of our society.




I am not your negro

DCP - HD - 2016 - USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland - 93 Min - Color / Black & White

I am not your negro

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (original title)


A film by Raoul Peck

With the voice of Samuel L. Jackson

 Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, Director Raoul Peck's I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO touches on the tragic deaths of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image (and reality) of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.




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.




THE MAN WHO SAVED THE LOUVRE

HD - 2014 - French - 60 min - Color / Black & White

THE MAN WHO SAVED THE LOUVRE

Illustre et Inconnu: Comment Jacques Jaujaurd a sauvé le Louvre (original title)


A film by Jean-Pierre Devillers & Pierre Pochard

At the dawn of World War II, a resistance group organizes an incredible exfiltration of masterpieces from the Louvre Museum to save it off the Nazis’ hands. The man leading the operation is Jacques Jaujard, the Louvre Museum’s director. Jaujard had an extraordinary personality and was madly in love with art. Although he was a devoted servant of the State, he used his knowledge of the system and his audacity to serve a universal cause: saving the world heritage. The film talks about this important chapter of history combining interviews, rare footage (including Jaujard’s notebook), supported by a dynamic narration, animated sequences of the protagonists embedded in archives and footage shot in situ. This form is in ad equation with our heroes’ elegance who remained until now in the shadow...




Paris Style Architecture – Saison 1 & 2

HD - 2013 - French - 4x26 - Color

Paris Style Architecture – Saison 1 & 2

Architecture à domicile (original title)


A film by Christophe Kilian & Amandine Ceccaldi

Saison 1

EPISODE 1

 11th District Industrial Architecture

During this episode we will discover the industrial architecture in the 11th district of Paris, whose evolution followed, overt time, and the evolution of material and building techniques. The analyses of these buildings will allow us not only to understand a specific kind of architecture but also the history of this laborer district and his work memory.

 

EPISODE 2

 The Bohemian spirit of the 18th district

In this episode we will discover the bohemian & artistic spirit which still reigns in the heart of the 18th district and above all in Montmartre.

 

 EPISODE 3

 Transformed factories – Ivry sur Seine –  at Paris’doors

At Paris border, between the Seine’s banks and railways, the city of Ivry has seen the birth of a new trend in the art of housing, with the transformation of huge abandoned industrial complex in small condominium paradise. Often hidden behind walls, arise exceptional homes that don 'have nothing to envy to Parisian chic.

 

 EPISODE 4

 The village spirit in the 20th district– Paris

 The youngest district of Paris, the 20th changed itself from a rural tradition to urban habits, this making a symbolic "village atmosphere." The bet is to modernize the housing without sacrificing the architectural and urban color that makes the charm of this district.

 

 Season 2

EPISODE 1

 Paris’ Grands Boulevards – Haussmann Style

Paris “Grands Boulevards” are symbolic of an elegance that Parisians associate with the architecture of their city. This style represents the most famous image of Paris. In this episode, we will push the door of several apartments to see how we play with the codes of this so "classic" style.

 

 EPISODE 2

 Architects Houses in Paris

You know Paris from Haussmann with its buildings and main avenues. Leaving the heart of the city to the suburb, the urban landscape offers more diversity: neighborhoods are more intimate, bucolic and some houses even become a setting. Let’s visit those architectural masterpieces.

 

 EPISODE 3

 Art nouveau in Paris in 1900

At the southern border of Paris, between the Seine and the railroads, Ivry-Sur-Seine city gave birth to a new housing trend, with the transformation of huge industrial buildings in small condominium paradises. Often private hideaways, those exceptional accommodations have nothing to envy to the Parisian chic.

 

 EPISODE 4

 Ecological Architecture in Paris

At the time of global warming and major environmental issues, ecological architecture becomes essential. In a city like Paris, is it an easy implementation? We will look for answers and visit several ecological homes located in Paris and its surroundings.

 

 

 

 

 

 




Out of frame

HD - 2012 - France & Germany - 52 Min - Color

Out of frame

Hors Champ (original title)


A film by Jean Barat

Jean Barat has followed Volker Schlöndorff during the shooting of CALM AT SEA to deliver us a wonderful documentary that exceeds the simple making-of and becomes an overwhelming documentary digging into the history of French Resistance.

Among Volker Schlöndorff’s interviews and working scenes on the set, the historian Franck Liaigre and Pierre-Louis Basse, author of “Guy Môquet, a childhood cut short”, bring to light the casualties of war and dig into Guy Moquet’s intimacy. Guy Moquet, a seventeen year old hero against his will.

Beyond the film, the spectator encounters Odette Nilès, also resistant and Guy Môquet’s love that escaped from Choisel camp.