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In Search of Josephine

HD - 2012 - French - 2x52' - Color

In Search of Josephine

A la recherche de Josephine (original title)


A film by Eric Elléna

This two-part documentary series revisits the life of an incredibly modern woman from her childhood spent in the island of Martinique, to her coronation as an Empress at age 41, and finally to her death – from a simple cold – ten years later in her palace, Malmaison. We find ourselves retracing her steps in France and Italy and discover a character much more complex and interesting than what has been written about her by previous historians.

With the help of historical reenactments, paintings and illustrations, this revealing documentary series reconstructs the important moments of her extraordinary life. Having survived a devastating hurricane, a death sentence, firing cannons, a bombing and even a balcony fall, Josephine continues to fascinate millions of people worldwide, not only because she was wife to one of the most well-known characters in history, but also because the life she led – full of drama and grandeur – was greater than any role ever imagined in fiction.




Through Japanese Cinema

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 2 x 55 min - Color

Through Japanese Cinema

Through Japanese Cinema (original title)


A film by Hubert Niogret

The exclusive domination of large corporations-production-distribution operation for over thirty years, and its collapse at the time of questioning global powers and the emergence of new styles and the conquest of new territories (animation) seemed to justify the cutting of a documentary on the recent history of Japanese cinema into two parts, corresponding to nearly equal lengths (20 to 30 years), and generations of filmmakers:
1. The cinema of protest and renewal, the emergence of independent after the Golden Age: careers with Nagisa Oshima, Yoshishige Yoshida, Shohei Imamura, Masaki Kobayashi ... the early 60s until the 90s.
2. The renewal of the images and the New Territories today: with the careers of Hayao Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, Otomo, director Takashi Miike, Takeshi Kitano, Hideo Nakata, Kiyoshi Kurosawa ... the late 90's to today.




King Hu

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 48 min - Color

King Hu

King Hu (original title)


A film by Hubert Niogret

Bodies which float in the air and cross swords, a young woman jumping from a roof of a pagoda to another, a young woman jumping through a window and turning on wounded two attackers, a monk who with a wave of his big rod reverses its opponents, swordsmen who use the flexibility of large bamboo to bounce from one end to another of a forest. In an open or enclosed area of a tavern, the fighters of the films of King Hu, amaze, fascinate by their exploits, which are all forms of actions of dreamlike flights.




The Misfits of Cinema

HD - 2012 - France - 52 min - Color / Black & White

The Misfits of Cinema

Les Enfants Terribles du Cinema (original title)


A film by Ezéquiel Fernandez

How did a generation of post-war cinephiles manage to change the course of cinematic history?

In1948, ahandful of cinema enthusiast founded “Objectif49”, a “Cine-Club” in Paris whose existence would be as dazzling as it would be brief. A few months later, they came up with the idea of a showcase demonstration for art house films, thus giving birth, in the summer of 1949, to the “Festival du Film Maudit”. Jean Cocteau played the leading role in this effort with support from Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer, Jean Charles Tacchella, Alexandre Astruc, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Pierre Kast…

Ten years before the official birth of the New Wave movement, these young filmmakers, inspired by a fresh, new artistic vision, laid the foundation for today’s cinema.

 

Pictures: Georges Dambier, Miguel Sanchez Martin (last picture hereunder)




The Divine Joe Sarno

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 56 min - Color

The Divine Joe Sarno

The Divine Joe Sarno (original title)


A film by Virgile Iscan

Joe Sarno has observed and filmed sexuality and fantasies of women without deviating from its course for 40 years. This observation has led to more than 70 films. A case in point. Joe Sarno is a filmmaker monomaniacal in his case, one might even say obsessed, like a Russ Meyer that it could represent for the east coast, with all the differences that the location embraces. Throughout his life, he has dug a question: that of female desire. Our desire is to invite him to share his observations and to tell us his stories.




French Delicatessen – Saison 1 & 2

HD - 2012 - France - 35*26 - Color

French Delicatessen – Saison 1 & 2

Epicerie Fine (original title)


A film by Lionel Boisseau

This is the history of a meeting between a 3-star chef, Guy Martin, and the best products of French Gastronomy. 

During his search of truffle from Périgord, « Beaufort » from Savoy, or the Landes aspargus, Guy Martin will discuss the products with the best specialists of the sector: men and women that produce, cultivate and collect them.

Thanks to their help you will discover the history, the unique characteristics, the flavor and the path of these products from the fields to your dish! 




Marvel 14: Super Heroes Vs. Censorship

HD - 2012 - Fra - 26 & 52 min - Color

Marvel 14: Super Heroes Vs. Censorship

Marvel 14 : Les Super Heros Contre la Censure (original title)


A film by Philippe Roure & Jean Depelley

“Marvel 14: super heroes vs. censorship” is a documentary that tells the tale of issue 14 of French comic book Marvel, who was censored and banned before publication. The Marvel comic books were at the time censored in France, being largely redrawn and cut for content. Both the left wing (American comics supposedly were symbols of the American imperialism) and the right wing (for the violent and immoral content) put pressure on the editors, even with death threats, to stop the mag. Issue 14 was not never released, but a few copy may have survived and it became an urban legend. The documentary also establishes the history of Marvel comics and widens to the censorship situation in the late 60s in France.




The Emperor’s lost harbor

HD - 2011 - France - 52 min - Color

The Emperor’s lost harbor

The Emperor's lost harbor (original title)


A film by Hannes Schuler

Istanbul, Turkey. A city between Europe and Asia. An old dream emerges: a tunnel under the Bosphorus, one of the most attended sea routes in the world. But while digging, the workmen discover more than 30 ships, filled with human goods, tools and skeletons. It quickly becomes obvious that they had found the old port of Theodosius I, the last emperor of Constantinople.

A surprising story emerging from a gigantic ultramodern building site; the discovery of one of the wonders of the world; a journey in the heart of one of the most attractive megalopolises of Antiquity and a high-risk navigation in the past.




Matthieu Ricard, on the path to compassion

HD - 2012 - France - 52 min - Color

Matthieu Ricard, on the path to compassion

Matthieu Ricard, sur le chemin de la compassion (original title)


A film by Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis

40 years devoted to the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism have made Matthieu Ricard, a courier between East and West.

 

Scientific, Buddhist monk, French interpreter for the Dalai Lama, photographer and author of texts on Buddhism and meditation, Matthieu Ricard is today one of the world.

 

This film allows us to discover his thoughts, his research, and its humanitarian, through its association KARUNA-Shechen.

 

Matthieu Ricard spends indeed much of his time to humanitarian projects in India and Nepal, as well as many symposia in which he was invited into the world of MIND and to DAVOS LIFE. He regularly participates in scientific studies on the effect of meditation on the brain.

 

He is a man of his time, putting his knowledge and his humanist philosophy for the well-being and vitality of the greatest number.




Luxe Factory

HD - 2011 - France - 9x23 min - Color

Luxe Factory

Luxe Factory (original title)


A film by Eric Le Seney

Trade secrets, unexpected anecdotes, moving portraits, small and big histories: Luxe Factory regroups an exceptional circle of creators, artists and craftsmen who maintain the flame of the excellence and transmit the breath of Luxury, also called the art of the detail.