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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.




Cooking at World’s end

DCP - HD - 2015 - Spanish - 90 Min - Color

Cooking at World’s end

Cocinando en el fin del mundo (original title)


A film by Alberto Baamonde Bello

In 2003, nine young chefs joined their forces and their knowledge to transform the cuisine of their land: in Galicia, Grupo Nove was born.

Culinary revolution already emerged in other Spanish regions but Galicia remained known for its excellent products, not for its cooking techniques or for its chefs’ talent. Something had to change!

Along with a new generation of producers and farmers, the Grupo Nove developed an idea of gastronomy grounded in traditions, attached to the land and the product, though using radically new techniques.

Grupo Nove is now composed of twenty chefs, the veterans training the new generation. In a short period of time, Galicia multiplied its international recognition: 8 Michelin stars, 19 Repsol soles earned by names such as Pepe Solla, Xosé Cannas, Yayo Daporta, Beatriz Sotelo, Javier Olleros…

This is a silent revolution through gastronomy, between tradition and modernity, in a land full of contrasts.




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.




Montmartre

HD - 2014 - French - 98 Min - Color / Black & White

Montmartre

Montmartre (original title)


A film by Philippe Cochinard

From the sacred origins of the hill to its captivating painters, writers, poets, artists and innkeepers, MONTMARTRE leaves no stones unturned. An exploratory journey through the dreamlike "Château des Brouillards", painters like Corot and Renoir, the diversity of religious buildings from the ancient Saint Peter church to the recent Saint John, but also Montmartre’s famous vineyard, among other locations. MONTMARTRE is both mystical and revolutionary, and this documentary will shed a new light to this famous Paris' area, paradoxically not so known, through a fascinating historical journey.

MONTMARTRE is the first episode of a 10 documentaries collections entitled I LOVE PARIS and the next episodes will be about the CHAMPS-ELYSEES & SAINT-GERMAIN.




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.  




From Caligari to Hitler

DCP - HD - 2014 - German - 118 - Color / Black & White

From Caligari to Hitler

Von Caligari Zu Hitler (original title)


A film by Rüdiger Suchsland

The film tells the story of German Cinema in the Twenties between Expressionism and New Sobriety. This was the most important period of German Cinema, a time full of wonders and invention. The aesthetic foundations were laid for the "seventh art".

FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER is the first feature documentary ever on German Cinema of the Twenties. It shows well known films, but furthermore forgotten, never shown or totally unknown material. This is an entertaining rollercoaster-trip to the best period of German Cinema and into the abyss of sub-consciousness. 




Zombie – The Resurrection of Tim Zom

DCP - HD - 2014 - Netherlands - 72 - Color

Zombie – The Resurrection of Tim Zom

Zombie: The Resurrection of Tim Zom (original title)


A film by Billy Pols

Tim Zom, born and raised in the South of Rotterdam, steps out of a dark past and stands at the point of becoming an international professional skateboarder. His career takes him from the cold Dutch reality into the American Dream, with big companies like Nike & Monster Energy supporting him. ZOMBIE is a film about a unique and surprising character who, through talent and personality and against all odds, grew out to become a hero.




Avant

DCP - HD - 2014 - Uruguay & Argentina - 98 & 52 - Color

Avant

Avant (original title)


A film by Juan Alvarez Neme

After retiring as a professional dancer, Julio Bocca, one of the most famous ballet dancer ever, accepts the challenge to direct a forgotten national ballet in its unfinished theatre. Avant explores the contrast between Bocca ´s quest for excellence and the daily life of this company, set in a changing scenery that frames the lives of dancers, workers, cleaners and technicians.




THE GREAT MUSEUM

DCP - HD - 2014 - Austria - 94 - Color

THE GREAT MUSEUM

DAS GROSSE MUSEUM (original title)


A film by Johannes Holzhausen

This feature documentary portrays one of the most important museums in the world: Vienna’s Museum of Art History or the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. It presents a unique look behind the scenes of this fascinating institution and encounters a number of charismatic protagonists and their working fields unfolding the museum’s special world – as an art institution as well as a vehicle for stately representation.

 




We always lie to Strangers

HD - 2014 - USA - 108 min - Color

We always lie to Strangers

We always lie to strangers (original title)


A film by AJ Schnack & David Wilson

Five years in the making, We Always Lie To Strangers is a story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. A remote Ozark Mountain town of just 10,500, Branson hosts more than 7.5 million tourists a year and generates nearly 3 billion dollars in annual tourism revenue.At the heart of Branson’s appeal is the more than 100 staged music shows that earned the town the monicker of "the live music capital of the world". These shows are well known for their "traditional, family" style of entertainment - no cussing, no nudity, no gambling, healthy doses of gospel and respect for veterans - and crowds from around the country, and particularly from the American Midwest, flock to Branson for this "return to old fashioned values".