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Triangle Trade, by Jérôme Havre, Cauleen Smith et Camille Turner (2017)

Triangle Trade explores the artists’, all three of whom are of African descent, relationship to the territory and their sense of belonging. The 14-minute video was the result of a year-long cross-border conversation between the United States and Canada.

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Open Your Eyes by Kader Attia (2010)

Juxtaposing portraits of soldiers during the First World War and photographs of objects restored in the warehouses of African museums, this dyptic allows Kader Attia to examine the complex relations between East and West. In it, the artist explores the "restoration" of the human body, comparing it to the concept of "repair" in extra-Occidental cultures.

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Luisa Fernanda by Karen Paulina Biswell (2017)

The Ellas series, to which this photograph belongs, features women portrayed in ambivalent poses and with exaggerated casualness. It seeks to provoke a critical view of the very concept of femininity andthe objectification of women’s bodies.

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La Libertad (Liberty) by Laura Huertas Millán (2017)

In La Libertad, Laura Huertas Millán follows a group of Mexican weavers who use a pre-Hispanic technique that has been preserved for centuries. The film explores the links between craft and freedom.

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Fortia by Lola Keyezua (2017)

With the photographic series Fortia ("strength"), Lola  Keyezua depicts a mysterious empress wearing masks, made in collaboration with a group of disabled artisans in Luanda, Angola. The artist seeks to transform our view of physical disability. 

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Road Signs by Kapwani Kiwang (2012)

By hijacking the processes of ethnographic photography, the artist makes its human subjects invisible, Tanzanian traders who are nevertheless present behind the fronts of their businesses.

Human subjects sit behind a white sheet that simultaneously functions as a screen, frame, and backdrop against which to evaluate trading relationships.

Photography
Momenta 2019 – 16th Image Biennale, Montreal

2 days ago

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Hôtel des collections, MoCo Montpellier

The city of Montpellier constantly reinvents itself, offering bold and innovative cultural experiences and building an artistic creation industry which extends across the city. With the MoCo, which will launch in June 2019, Montpellier becomes the first city to invent a next-generation art centre.

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Montpellier Contemporain – École des Beaux-Arts

An emerging creative laboratory, the MoCo brings together a School of Fine Arts, an art centre and a museum dedicated to its collections: a three-part project bringing together the whole art world, from education to exhibitions.

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Montpellier Contemporain – La Panacée

Le deuxième chaînon du MoCo, La Panacée, dédie sa programmation et ses espaces de 1 000 m2 aux artistes émergents, avec une grande place laissée à l’interdisciplinarité et l’évènementiel.

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Carré d'Art – Musée d'Art contemporain de Nîmes

Located since 1993 in a superb building designed by Lord Norman Foster, the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art stretches from the 1960s to the present day, with nearly 600 works grouped around three major themes:  French art, including all its major movements and unique figures; Mediterranean identity; Anglo-Saxon and Germanic trends.

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Le Centre régional d'art contemporain de Sète

A location dedicated to artistic creation, since its creation in 1997 the Sète Regional Contemporary Art Centre (CRAC) has presented over 600 artists from the French and international artistic scenes.

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La Chapelle du Quartier Haut de Sète

The Chapelle du Quartier Haut was originally the convent of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus or thesœurs noires who came to Sète in 1728 educate the poor girls in the local neighbourhood. Deconsecrated, at the beginning of the twentieth century it became the School of Business and Industry, and then the Technical College. Owned by the City of Sète, this imposing 18th century construction was recently reconfigured to host exhibitions.

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The Sérignan Regional Museum of Contemporary Art (MRAC)

Alongside its permanent collection, the Sérignan MRAC presents  3,200 m2 of temporary exhibitions dedicated to both French and foreign artists.

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Musée d’art Gustave Fayet – Frontfroide

This former Cistercian abbey near Narbonne was purchased at auction in 1908 by Gustave Fayet, a painter and curator, and his wife, Madeleine. A visionary collector, Gustave Fayet brought together symbolist works by creators such as Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and particularly Odilon Redon, whose Day and Night hang in the Fontfroide library.

Visual arts
Contemporary Art in Occitania

2 weeks ago

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La balle rouge de la compagnie Balle Rouge

The show The Red Ball (“La balle rouge") by Balle Rouge with Anna Vaschilo was presented at the Tsa Skazka International Theatre Festival in Velikiy Novgorod on 14th April 2019.

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Vies de papier de la compagnie La Bande Passante

The play Paper Lives (“Vies de papier") by La Bande Passante was presented on 29th May 2019 at the Raduga International Festival and the Briantsev Youth Theatre in Saint Petersburg.

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OperettAlzheimer de Marzia Gambardella

The play OperettAlzheimer was created, directed and performed by Marzia Gambardella of the Parisian company MalaStrana. The show travelled across Russia from May to June 2019: it was presented as part of the puppet festivals "The Vokhovski Format" in Voronezh, "Perekrestok" in Novosibirsk, and "Siberia, Magic Earth" in Krasnoyarsk, during which Marzia Gambardella also offered the "Animating the Inanimate" workshop on the "Stolby" Nature Reserve.

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Bells & Spells, de Victoria Thierrée-Chaplin

The play Bells & Spells is directed by Victoria Thierée-Chaplin and performed by Aurélia Thierrée and Jaime Martinez. Presented at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow in June 2019, the play was created by the eponymous Parisian company Bells & Spells.

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Bells & Spells 2, de Victoria Thierrée-Chaplin

Présentée dans le cadre du Festival international de théâtre Tchekhov à Moscou en juin 2019, la pièce est signée de la compagnie parisienne éponyme Bells & Spells.

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R.A.G.E., de Camille Trouvé

Directed by Camille Trouvé, the show R.A.G.E. by the Parisian company Les Anges au Plafond was presented in Moscow in June 2019 at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival. On this occasion, Camille Trouvé also hosted a hands-on workshop at Moscow's Sergei Obraztsov Puppet Theatre.

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Scala, de Yoann Bourgeois

Designed by director and set designer Yoann Bourgeois and performed by the Parisian company Les Petits Heures, the show Scala was presented at the Moscow Mossoviet Theatre in June 2019 during the Chekhov International Theatre Festival.

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Scala, de Yoann Bourgeois

Conçu par le metteur en scène et scénographe Yoanne Bourgeois et interprété par la compagnie parisienne Les petites heures, le spectacle Scala a été présenté au Théâtre du Mossoviet de Moscou en juin 2019 pendant le Festival international de théâtre Tchekhov.

Theatre
Circus
2019 : a Theater Year in Russia

3 weeks ago

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BAIKONUR CITY Vincent Fournier

Vincent Fournier has an aesthetic, philosophical and playful fascination with the adventure of space.

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ERGOL #12 Vincent Fournier

Vincent Fournier visited the legendary sites of space exploration: Star City in Russia, the Cap Canaveral launch centres in the United States, Baikonur in Kazakhstan, Arianespace in Guiana, the celestial observatories in the Atacama desert in Chile, New Mexico in Nevada, the Martian simulation base in the Utah Red Desert.

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SLS ROCKET SYSTEMS INTEGRATION Vincent Fournier

For "Space project" Vincent Fournier has enthusiastically combined a historical and documentary vision of space exploration with scenes inspired by cinema and his childhood memories.

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LOWER TORSO Vincent Fournier

Vincent Fournier has an aesthetic, philosophical and playful fascination with the adventure of space.

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SOKOL SPACE GLOVE Vincent Fournier

For "Space project" Vincent Fournier has enthusiastically combined a historical and documentary vision of space exploration with scenes inspired by cinema and his childhood memories.

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APOLLO 8 FIRING ROOM Vincent Fournier

Vincent Fournier visited the legendary sites of space exploration: Star City in Russia, the Cap Canaveral launch centres in the United States, Baikonur in Kazakhstan, Arianespace in Guiana, the celestial observatories in the Atacama desert in Chile, New Mexico in Nevada, the Martian simulation base in the Utah Red Desert.

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Telluris I, Noémie Goudal

Noémie Goudal's work explores the relationship between nature and the artificial, from science to the imaginary, from construction to invention. In Telluris, the artist works with ancient theories on the formation of the texture of the earth, in particular the mountains, which echo the theories of the celestial sphere.

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Telluris V, Noémie Goudal

Noémie Goudal is particularly interested in radical mathematical and geometric reductions of landscapes which make them easier to grasp and comprehend.

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Telluris X, Noémie Goudal

With the creation of a collection combining photography and on-site installations, Noémie Goudal explores and interprets mountainous spaces, what they represent and what they inspire, from real geography to subjective projections.

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Ho Chi Minh City de Mathieu Asselin

Mathieu Asselin bears witness to the impact of Monsanto’s chemicals on the lives of thousands of people. His investigation began in Alabama and lasted for 5 years, eventually taking him to Vietnam, where the consequences of the use of Agent Orange, the herbicide used by the American army in combat between 1959 and 1971, is revealed to the public. Several generations of children have suffered from birth defects.

Photography
« Hello world » Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australie

4 weeks ago

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Marcel Dinahet 1

Today, Fordlândia is at once a landscape and an archive. The village juxtaposes American industrialist Henry Ford’s modern, rationalist, Western, colonial project and an Amazonian territory which creates and supports many different economic, environmental, anthropological and artistic, tourist and scientific projects.

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Marcel Dinahet 1b

Built to enable the intensive cultivation of rubber to equip the vehicles manufactured in Ford’s Detroit plants with tyres, the city of Fordlândia was also a “civilising” project, featuring factories, housing, a hospital and schools, all built in the American style. But it crumbled in a series of failures and mistakes; the water, the land, parasites and worker revolts got the best of the Fordian fantasy.

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Marcel Dinahet 2

An industrial wasteland and a preserved fantasy, Fordlândia is a “suspended space” which contains stories which are unfinished or interrupted, sometimes violently, a space preoccupied with failed stories and stories of the future.

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The Suspended Spaces Collective arrives in Fordlândia at night opposite the rubber warehouse, the best-preserved building in the city. It is empty; Henry Ford had to abandon his project due to the impossibility of growing rubber trees under intensive agricultural conditions, because they need the space and variety of their natural environment in order to grow properly.

 

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An image from a presentation at La Tôlerie Art Centre in Clermont-Ferrand in November 2018 of the video "Filming the Factory", produced on the catwalk overlooking the floor of the Fordlândia factory.

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The "beautiful" idea foundered, not without violence, and today the traces of its failure, frozen in time, remain visible.

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At the Brittany FRAC, a large-scale video installation which fills a room is on display. It features three quick-moving sequences of beach shots. The sequences on the centre screen were filmed on a beach along the Rio Tapajòs during a stopover on the way to Fordlândia.

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Augustino is Fordlândia’s dowser. Marcel Dinahet is one too, and they were able to communicate through his dowsing rod about sensations and knowledge they share. Not long ago, the water of the Rio Tapajòs was clean enough to drink. This is no longer the case, and the inhabitants of Fordlândia are turning to Augustino for help finding drinking water sources where they can dig wells.

Photography
Marcel Dinahet – « retour de Fordlândia, Belem Object »

5 weeks ago

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Pablo Gershanik 1

Quatre Vingt Balles dans l'Aile, a work by Pablo Gershanik at the Cité internationale des Arts

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Quatre Vingt Balles dans l'Aile, a work by Pablo Gershanik at the Cité internationale des Arts

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Quatre Vingt Balles dans l'Aile, a work by Pablo Gershanik at the Cité internationale des Arts

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Quatre Vingt Balles dans l'Aile, a work by Pablo Gershanik at the Cité internationale des Arts.

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Quatre Vingt Balles dans l'Aile, a work by Pablo Gershanik at the Cité internationale des Arts

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Quatre Vingt Balles dans l'Aile, a work by Pablo Gershanik at the Cité internationale des Arts

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Quatre Vingt Balles dans l'Aile, a work by Pablo Gershanik at the Cité internationale des Arts.

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Quatre Vingt Balles dans l'Aile, a work by Pablo Gershanik at the Cité internationale des Arts.

Multidisciplinary
Pablo Gershanik, an Argentinian artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts

6 weeks ago

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The book of sand, Michel Van der Aa (2016-2019)

A cycle of digital melodies, mirroring and self-replicating in three parallel video layers, The Book of Sand reveals different narrative perspectives depending on the viewer’s choices: an imaginary journey, with no beginning or end. At the centre of the visual apparatus, headsets worn by spectators create real-time sound mixing depending on which of the three screens the viewer chooses to focus on.

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The book of sand, Michel Van der Aa (2016-2019)

A cycle of digital melodies, mirroring and self-replicating in three parallel video layers, The Book of Sand reveals different narrative perspectives depending on the viewer’s choices: an imaginary journey, with no beginning or end. At the centre of the visual apparatus, headsets worn by spectators create real-time sound mixing depending on which of the three screens the viewer chooses to focus on.

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Figure in Movement IV, Shintaro Imai (2011)

Figure in Movement IV uses spaces where movement capture is a source of variations and modulations, of amplitude, tone, trajectory, etc. across both the installation's acoustic and visual elements. It highlights the impact of gestures in an experience which is part writing exercising and part entertaining experimentation, whether those gestures are produced directly by the audience or projected onto a translucent screen by the performer.

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© DR, Prélude à la mer, Thierry de Mey (2010)

Prelude to the Sea by Thierry de Mey with the assistance of choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker is based directly on dance movements performed in a desolate, catastrophic landscape, the Aral Sea.

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Lifelines4, Xavier Garcia (2019)

For Lifelines 4 by Xavier Garcia, the wall of lights is silent, waiting... visitors are invited to pass through it and play, via their gestures, with the sounds and images which the installation produces.

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Smartland - Divertimento, Borrel/Lebreton/Random(Lab) (2016)

Made up of around thirty smartphones and selfie sticks, Smartland’s vibrations and configurations result from each provocation produced by the sound environment and/or by the presence of visitors. These events can interact with the behaviour of the lighting system, which alternates between dark and light... like a field of fireflies vibrating in the night.

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Epidermes, Zoé Benoit (2016)

The Zoé Benoit's objects, evocatively titled Skins, are made from mineral and organic materials, fossilised and formed: a series of concrete architectural reliefs bearing the marks of their wooden casings, a series of ceramics in plaster and coloured cement.

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Exformation, Ramy Fischler/Jesper Nordin/Cyril Teste (2016)

Like a book of colours unveiled over time, Exformation demonstrates the synergy between visuals, movement and sound. The installation was developed for a composition by Jesper Nordin, combining musical, lighting and colour-based scores. Three aluminium-edged cubes featuring LEDs move along their circular rails. The movements and modulations of the lighting are based on algorithmic programming derived from an analysis of the spectrum, tone and intensity of the music.

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Walking Through a Line of Neon Lights, Michel François (2004-2016)

With Michel François’s Walking through a line of neon lights, the audience steps into the footsteps of the walker, and can feel the changing the state of the glass cracking and crashing down all around them in complete silence.

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Relative perception N° 2, Chang Yung-Ta (2015-2017)

Relative Perception No. 2 by Chang Yung Ta is part of a series of installations addressing the theme of our sensory organs’ reactions to stimulation by sound. For this piece, Chang Yung Ta has built a device from six metal tubes incorporating an electric heating element and a system which slowly releases drips of liquid into each tube. The drip and release of each drop produces a sound due to the heat and evaporation, which also creating traces of limescale and rust on the tubes.

Visual arts
Music
Digital
The Musica Mobile Exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan

10 weeks ago

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Croisements en chine : La Mélancolie des dragons

The Melancholia of Dragons (“La Mélancolie des dragons”) by Philippe Quesne: a work of landscape theatre featuring a setting and situations that are sometimes absurd, sometimes magical, where the ordinary and everyday gives birth to the extraordinary. 

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Croisements en chine : Vincent Lacoste à la Cinémathèque de Pékin

Vincent Lacoste at a signing at the Beijing Cinematheque, following a screening of the film Amanda.

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Croisements en chine : Exposition consacrée à l’illustrateur jeunesse Gilles Bachelet

Exhibition devoted to the children’s illustrator Gilles Bachelet at the Micro Hutong gallery, a former traditional courtyard which has been creatively redesigned to host events for all audiences. 

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Croisements en chine : Fête des bulles

Speech Bubbles Festival: the Beijing Institut français celebrates European and Chinese comics over an eventful weekend. On the agenda: round tables, a battle of the cartoonists, signings, screenings, etc...

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Croisements en Chine : Laetitia Grimaldi Spitzer et Ammiel Bushakevitz à la Cité Interdite

Laetitia Grimaldi Spitzer and Ammiel Bushakevitz at the Forbidden City: a remarkable piano-vocal duo that pays tribute to the works of the greatest female composers from musical history © Yoan Boselli

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Croisements en chine : conférence oeuvre Michel Foucault

Discipline and Punish: a conference around Michel Foucault's work organised at the Beijing Institut français, with the special participation of Christophe Loiseau (photographer), Liu Beicheng (history professor and translator of Michel Foucault's work), Grégoire Chamayou (philosopher and researcher at the CNRS) and Wang Min’an (philosopher.

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Croisements en chine : fête de la musique

Music Festival 2019: French group MNNQNS performing at Theatre 77 in Beijing in front of a captivated audience.

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Croisements en chine : Picasso - Naissance d’un génie

Picasso - Birth of a genius: the largest exhibition devoted to the Spanish artist ever organised in China is being held through 1st September at the UCCA.

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Croisements en chine : Le Système de Ponzi

Chinese-language re-creation of the popular play The Ponzi Scheme, directed by David Lescot, with actress Jiang Wenli in the leading role

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Croisements en chine : Big Bang

Big Bang: a concert for children with a “music-hall” feel by the band Les Bons Becs.

The Croisements Festival in China

12 weeks ago

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© Trucs de meufs, Bridges & France Télévisions, 2019

Trucs de meufs (“Chick Things”) is a funny, no-filter web series that depicts the daily lives of teen girls doing their best to be modern, independent women.

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©Tantale, La Générale de Production, 2016

You are the President of the Republic and the future of France is in your hands. What if your first decision, which appears inconsequential, could literally change the course of history? The interactive film Tantale is a story with five different endings and twenty-five ways to get there. You are in the President’s skin: the choice is yours!

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© Les Saisons : Morphosis, Small Bang & Francetv Nouvelles écritures, 2015

The documentary game Seasons : Morphosis explores 20,000 years of changing landscapes through 18 animated episodes. As an educational and entertaining companion piece to Jacques Perrin’s feature film Seasons (“Les Saisons”), this app for smartphones and tablets takes you on a journey through time to better understand Earth's evolution and the impact that humans have had on it.

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© Mots d’ados, Narrative, 2016

Mots d’ados (“Teen Words") is a transmedia project by Irvin Anneix built around the private writings of teenagers. Once collected, letters, e-mails, extracts from private journals and blog entries are then read aloud and commented on by other teenagers, who become “the voice”. As if looking into a mirror, the reader identifies with the text and an encounter takes place. The readings are recorded via a travelling filming booth in France.

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© Soundhunters, a_BAHN, Camera Talk & Arte, 2015

The transmedia project Soundhunters is a musical expedition through the world of soundhunters, and an adventure in three steps: WATCH, REC and CREATE, to become a soundhunter. Soundhunters seeks to put people back at the heart of electronic music by transforming sampling into a kind of human cultural footprint that can serve as a basis for a new universal language.

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Zero Impunity, Camera Talk Productions, WebSpider Productions, 2017

Zero Impunity is an investigative and activist transmedia project fighting the impunity of sexual violence in armed conflicts. At the heart of the project is a feature-length documentary animation and 6 broad investigative surveys that have been followed by petitions and the creation of an innovative digital tool for activism: the first interactive 3D protest. Each signature is communicated in real time by a 3D spokesperson, projected in strategic locations.

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Iran #NoFilter

In Iran, an unprecedented wave of images is flooding social media and revealing to the rest of the world young people in search of identity and freedom. Iran #NoFilter goes in search of Iranian youth, avoiding clichés and instead exploring their everyday lives. Caught between creativity and censorship, 10 young Instagrammers share their generation’s desires and dreams in this web series.

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© Panama Al Brown, l’énigme de la force, Bachibouzouk & Arte, 2019

An interactive comic strip combining fiction and documentary, Panama Al Brown, a mysterious force (“Panama Al Brown, l’énigme de la force") tells the story of a fantastic boxer, a black, gay, bantamweight world champion who hated boxing. An extraordinary story to read on your mobile.

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© STAINSBEAUPAYS, Narrative & Francetv Nouvelles Ecritures, 2013

At the suggestion of Cinema 93, Elliot Lepers and Simon Bouisson led a web documentary workshop for a class of secondary school students at Collège Joliot-Curie de Stains, a Parisian suburb. They offered participants the chance to work together to create a project that reflects their reality, where they all feel free to speak about what they know: Stains and them, them and Stains. In STAINSBEAUPAYS, an interactive, infinite film, 20 teenagers from Stains tell their stories.

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© Défense d'afficher, La Générale de Production, 2012

There are “Post No Bills” signs in every language. Graffiti artists and street artists nevertheless ignore this ban in countries around the world. What do they have to say that’s so important? What is the true meaning of their actions? From Sao Paulo to NYC by way of Athens, Paris, Tirku, Singapore, Kibéra, and Bogota, the interactive and immersive web documentary on street art Défense d’afficher (“Post No Bills”) invites Internet users to discover what street art has to tell us about the cities and world of today.

Multidisciplinary
Digital
Futurimage, a showcase of France’s digital creations

14 weeks ago

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Neïl Beloufa, Brune Renault

Known for his complex installations combining video, sculpture and painting, Franco-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa plays in the space between documentary and fiction, the plausible and the fantastic. In Brune Renault he depicts the friendly chatter of a group of young people in a road movie that reveals itself to be paradoxically frozen: the car is parked and not running, as if its passengers are on journey to nowhere, or a journey in search of themselves.

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Ulla von Brandenburg, Two Times Seven II, 2018

With her drawings, fabric installations and performances, Ulla von Brandenburg invites us to travel through time and space. In her highly theatrical creation Two Times Seven II, she depicts a journey through colour: the visitor passes through curtains of mysterious fabric, without knowing what will be revealed at the end of the path.

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Mircea Cantor,

A nomadic artist who describes himself as rootless, Mircea Cantor creates works that are simultaneously minimal, poetic and metaphysical. His latest creation Aquila non capit muscas (2018) brings the Latin proverb to life, which translates as “the eagle does not hunt flies”. He depicts a race between an eagle and a drone. Who will win this battle between the forces of nature and culture?

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Clément Cogitor, Les Indes Galantes, 2017

Clement Cogitore tackles Rameau's first opera-ballet Les Indes Galantes (1735), a flagship work of French Opera. He has created a film in which baroque dance meets urban culture with the help of choreographers and dancers specialised in Krumping, a style of street dance from Los Angeles.

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Latifa Echakhch, À chaque stencil une révolution

Socially-engaged and skilful, Latifa Echakhch's work explores the connections between political and socio-cultural realities. Each stencil is a revolution (“À chaque stencil une révolution”) is a mural installation where the blue ink of carbon paper, usually used for copying and writing, runs down the walls and onto the floor. This work invites the viewer to enter a space where revolutionary texts written in pen remain silent.

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Joana Hadjithomas et Khalil Joreige, Restaged

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige became filmmakers and visual artists in the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war. In a long-term project, they explore the adventure of the Lebanese Rocket Society: in the early 1960s at the Armenian Haigazian University in Beirut, a group of students and a teacher launch the region's first rocket. The work Restaged shows the astonishing movement of the rocket through the city and the curious contrast between the urban reality and the dream of space.

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Camille Henrot, Arrivals / Departures

Winner of the Venice Lion d’Or in 2013 for her video Grosse fatigue (“Heavy Burden"), Camille Henrot explores anthropological tropes, cultural borders and exoticism, as well as eroticism and even the language of the Internet age. In Arrivals/Departures, the airport is presented as a landscape of infinite possibilities, borrowed from the many unknown and mythical lands which fill its halls.

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Bertrand Lamarche, The Funnel Stage

Bertrand Lamarche deconstructs the contemporary world and its forms, offering up a transformed version. In an almost science-fictional world, he reproduces buildings, trains and even a tornado using miniature models. In The Funnel Stage, images that appear to depict driving through a tunnel are in fact being taken in real time within the miniature experience unfolding in front of those same images.

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Zineb Sedira, The Lovers

Currently living in London, Zineb Sedira, born in France to Algerian parents, is interested in individual, intimate histories drawn from the broader flow of major historical events, especially those which have shaped Algeria. In the works presented, we follow the protagonist who travels on a ferry between Marseilles and Algiers in a voyage full of beauty and cultural references, with the sea as a familiar yet also unknown transitional area.

Visual arts
Photography
The Marcel Duchamp Prize is on display in China

16 weeks ago

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Plan B

Plan B (2003) is the second show in a trilogy that links juggling and acrobatics with the constraints of space. It offers a dialogue between movement and gravity.

A scenographer, theatre and opera director and visual artist, Aurélien Bory, founder of Compagnie 111, aims for his creations to be part of the new wave of this art form.

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Échos

A choreographic piece created in 2018, Echoes connects dance and ecology by their very nature and common concerns.

Abdennour Belalit has been choreographing for the Alexandra N’Posse company since 1994. He also raises awareness of hip-hop.

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Une maison

In this 2019 creation, which made its international debut in Taiwan in March, 14 players move continuously surrounded by a lighting system – a tangible place and a mental space that combines the shared with the intimate.

Director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier (Montpellier National Centre for Choreography), Christian Rizzo has been closely linked to the Taiwanese cultural scene for over 10 years.

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Blake Works

In Blake Works, created in 2016 for The Paris Opera Ballet, William Forsythe offers a series of short sequences with varied configurations, composed of seven pieces of electronic music from the album The Colour In Anything by James Blake.

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Plume

Two dancers evoke the complexity and ambivalence of the ties between child and mother, and the associations and similarities between the different generations of life, from the womb to old age.

Created in 2013, the Kokeshi Company based in Nantes has been actively involved in the development of contemporary dance for young children and adults.

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Longing

The choreography for Longing (2014), inspired by Kabyle and Apulian folklore, combines the memory and imagination of the textile trades, and unwinds the thread of individual and collective stories.

Alexandre Roccoli has been researching visual art and choreography through traditional ancient crafts since 2010.

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Crowd

A new creation by Gisèle Vienna, Crowd, a piece for 15 dancers, offers an analytical and sensitive presentation of the physical and behavioural expressions of participants in a rave party.

Giselle Vienna is a choreographer, director and visual artist whose creations are inspired by violence and the relationship between enjoyment and the sacred.

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 Les Ombres blanches

This play for a young audience, aimed at children aged six and up, has ghosts, spectres and phantoms dancing under the direction of Nathalie Pernette, a dancer-choreographer who produces instinctive and rigorous creations that seek to interrogate.

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Näss

Näss (which means “people” in Arabic), on its first tour in Asia, is based on the question of roots and identity against a background of traditional dance and Moroccan music.

Founded by Fouad Boussouf, Massala promotes cultural diversity, combining contemporary dance, hip-hop and new circus creations.

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Tel quel !

In this show for a young audience, four characters develop in a choreography inspired by building sets. Their dance questions the relationship between themselves and others, and touches on appearance, diversity and accepting differences.

Thomas Lebrun, dancer, choreographer and director of the Tours National Centre for Choreography, develops demanding and passionate choreographical pieces that are shown in France and abroad.

Dance
French dance in Asia

17 weeks ago

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre de Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français à la biennale Venise, 2019

“My project for the French Pavilion offers a metaphorical immersion into the stomach of a kind of an unknown tentacular animal, in order to find out who we are. I would like for each spectator to feel him/herself becoming a tentacle of the project.”

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 5

“The film is the central element around which the piece is structured. It is in a way the head of my octopus, which means that the installation is alive because of the film, but not solely.”

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 6

The fictional film of Laure Prouvost for the French Pavilion takes the form of an initiatory journey, a joyous saga filmed over the course of a roadtrip through France, from the Parisian suburbs to the north of France, from the Palais du Facteur Cheval to the Mediterranean Sea, and finally to Venice.

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 3

“I had the idea of the octopus as a metaphor for the origins of our planet and, as human beings, for the development of our nervous systems. Its tentacles are key because they are the sensory extension of it.”

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 8

“My grandmother in Roubaix forced me to bring a tapestry she made to Venice!”

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 7

Using video, drawing, tapestry, ceramics, photography, performance, and above all, language, Laure Prouvost creates immersive installations which plunge the viewer into a state of personal and collective introspection.

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 2

« Un voyage vers notre inconscient. À l’aide de nos cerveaux logés dans nos tentacules, nous creusons des tunnels vers le passé et l’avenir, en direction de Venise. Suivons la lumière. »

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 4

“Idiomatic expressions, once translated, become very strong images, such as I will tell you loads of salads! Maybe there was a time when salads were told in the fields? I’m as much interested in knowing their context as deconstructing it.”

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 10

“I like to question what we present and represent, who we are and where we go to, both personally and on the scale of humanity. There is also the idea of melting and mixing into more or less strong visions, which have more to do with sensations.” 

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Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost - Pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, 2019 - 9

“My installation is a place of life in the depths of our subconscious. For example, I would like to use a resin that hardens, water that becomes breakable, mineral that becomes liquid. It will be a play on the transformation of liquidity and of light.”

Visual arts
Laure Prouvost’s at the 58th Venice International Art Exhibition : Deep See Blue Surrounding You

18 weeks ago

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Snow Fest aux Deux Alpes

The 9th edition of Snow Fest, the largest Romanian contemporary music festival abroad, took place at the end of March 2019 in Les Deux Alpes. For 10 days the resort was brought alive by skiing, snowboarding, arts activities, stand-up comedy, sports competitions, paragliding and concerts by Romanian musicians and 20 DJs.

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« Marie de Roumanie, reine et artiste » au palais du Tau, à Reims

The exhibition "Marie of Romania, Queen and Artist" evokes the personality of this diplomatic queen through her creations in the "Art Nouveau" spirit, as well as treasures from the royal collections. "

 

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Concert de Nico de Transilvania à Petit Bain, sur la Seine

Nico de Transilvania, DJ, producer and founder of the NGO "Forests without Frontiers”, hosted the closing evening of Romania Season in France in Petit Bain with her latest album: Be One. For each album sold, a tree will be planted in the Carpathian Mountains.

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Exposition« Cartooning for peace » au Muzeul National de Istorie

Designs and caricatures of the time and also by contemporary artists can be seen in the exhibition “Draw me the war. 1914-2014: Press cartoons on the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries” presented by the National Museum of History of Romania, establishing a dialogue between cartoonists over a period of a century.

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« Espèces d’espaces » au Musée national d’Art de Roumanie

In the exhibition “Species of spaces – Works from the Société Générale collection”, a number of contemporary artists offer alternatives to approaching familiar or unknown spaces and evolve them, echoing the essay of George Perec from whom the title is borrowed.

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Concert de Bob Sinclar à Bucarest

French DJ Bob Sinclar performed on 18 April at George Enescu Square in Bucharest as part of the Spotlight festival dedicated to light and its technologies. This concert marked the opening of the France-Romania season in Bucharest and celebrated the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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« Renault et l’art, une histoire vivante » au Musée national d’Art contemporain

The exhibition Renault and art, a living history, 1967-2019 brings together the visionary works of 18 artists from several generations, representing the spirit of innovation and chosen from the car manufacturer's collection of contemporary art.

Multidisciplinary
Romania in France, France in Romania

19 weeks ago

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Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing, by Laure Prouvost

This fountain, which evokes the maternal breast, a symbol of femininity and life-giving energy, is at the heart of the exhibition "Sing and Drink for Trespassing" presented at the Palais de Tokyo in 2018. Within a circular architecture, the work invites visitors to pause as they pass through the exhibition’s post-apocalyptic garden of Eden.

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Softer and Rounder so as to Shine Through your Smooth Marble, by Laure Prouvost

With its words of welcome sprinkled across marble floors and window panes, the exhibition "Softer and Rounder so as to Shine Through Your Smooth Marble” transformed the Salt Galata in Istanbul. A series of optical illusions aimed at evoking the invisible and ignored employees who maintain the site.

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The Wet Wet Wanderer, by Laure Prouvost

“The Wet Wet Wanderer" made the ground floor of the RotterdamWitte de With  into an underwater bar , exhibited in 2017. The installation was inspired by The Wanderer, a feature film made by Laure Prouvost in 2012, and itself based on the English translation of a Kafka novel produced by Roy Macbeth, who did not speak German and didn’t use a dictionary. By combining sculpture, video and sound, Laure Prouvost creates a Kafkaesque atmosphere, full of illusions and deceit. Literature is transformed into films and sculptures.

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Dropped Here and Then, to Live, Leave it All Behind, by Laure Prouvost

The exhibition “Dropped Here and Then, to Live, Leave it All Behind” offered visitors to the Consortium a series of immersive and sensory experiences. Through the staging of everyday objects, in an atmosphere evoked through lights and smells, they were invited to get lost in an unexpected environment that sent them back to their identities and roots.

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All Behind, We’ll Go Deeper, Deep Down and She Will Say, by Laure Prouvost

In a maze made up of memories of daily existence and evocations of family myths – grandfather, an artist who disappeared in the tunnel which he dug between France and Morocco, and the interloping grandmother who took over his work and hijacked it – the exhibition at the Frankfurt MMK left visitors wandering the alternative, dreamlike universe of Laure Prouvost.

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GDM – Grand Dad’s Visitor Center, by Laure Prouvost

Through this exhibition, designed as an ideal museum in which the building adapts to the works, Laure Prouvost wanted to pay tribute to her grandfather, using various installations, paintings, videos and sculptures.

 

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A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek, by Laure Prouvost

Depicting a swimming pool devastated after a stormy night, “A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek” juxtaposes manufactured and organic waste against a blue resin floor, and a video, Lick, of an improvised hip-hop performance by a group of Los Angeles teenagers.

Laure Prouvost completed the installation during her residency at the FLAX Foundation, directed by Martha Kirzenbaum, in 2016.

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Into All That Is Here,by Laure Prouvost

Laure Provost’s first exhibition in the People’s Republic of China, “Into All That Is Here” continues her series focused on the figure of her – fictional – grandfather, who disappeared in the tunnel he was digging to Morocco. The installation penetrates a chaotic underground world in which we dig straight into the unknown, to escape our state as prisoners of human existence and the idea of death.

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We Will Go Far, by Laure Prouvost

The final manifestation of Laure Prouvost’s investigations of adolescence and travel, the blurring of identities, inter-individual communication, image, the idealized world and the freedom to get lost, the exhibition, presented at the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art, included notably The Smoking Image, a groundbreaking installation.

 

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For Forgetting, by Laure Prouvost

In For Forgetting, her first American exhibition, Laure Prouvost continues her work deconstructing buildings, rearranging the relationships between language, image and sensory perception and challenging the relationship between reality and imagination. Combining a collage wall, a multichannel video installation, various sculptures and the film How to Make Money Religiously, the installation evokes differences in perception, memory and concealment related to the relationship between power and money.

Visual arts
Laure Prouvost in 10 exhibitions

22 weeks ago

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Diamantino

Synopsis: Diamantino, an invincible football icon, loses the most important match of his life. His career having ended abruptly, the fallen star finds himself drawn into a wild adventure, full of expanding neo-fascism, the migrant crisis, outrageous genetic trafficking and the unbridled quest for perfection.

Diamantino is the first feature film directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, two American directors born in 1984.

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King of the belgians

Synopsis: Wallonia having declared its independence, the King of the Belgians, who is on a state visit to Istanbul, must immediately return to his country in an attempt to save it. A solar storm that paralyses airspace and communications networks forces him on a journey through the Balkans, accompanied by an English filmmaker and a group of Bulgarian singers.

One American, the other Belgian, in 2019 Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens are working on their 4th feature film, Kebab Royal.

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Bloody Milk (“Petit Paysan”)

Synopsis: Pierre, who has taken over his family farm, dedicates his life to rearing his dairy cows. One day, he discovers that one of his animals has been affected by an epidemic raging through France. Unable to resign himself to losing his cows, he does everything he can to save them.

A graduate of the Fémis, recognised by the Gan Foundation for cinema in 2015, Hubert Charuel participated in the Angers Ateliers in 2015.

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The Silence of others (“El silencio de otros”),

Synopsis: The Silence of Others follows the epic struggle, for justice and against obscurity, of the victims of the Franco dictatorship.

This film, which was filmed over 6 years, is the 2nd co-production by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, following Made in LA in 2008.

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Louise by the Shore (“Louise en hiver”)

Synopsis: Louise, a fragile and elegant elderly lady, tries to survive winter in the deserted and isolated seaside resort of Biligen, far removed from the world.

Jean-François Laguionie, director and graphic novel author (born in 1939 in Besançon) was introduced to animation by Paul Grimault. Louise by the Shore is his 5th feature film.

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Sami, a youth in Lapland (“Sami, une jeunesse en Laponie")

Synopsis: At a boarding school in the 1930s, a 14-year-old girl of Sami origin, exposed to racism and the humiliation of ethnic assessments, tries to free herself by cutting all ties with her family and culture.

Sami, a youth in Lapland is the first feature film by Amanda Kennell, born in 1986 in Sweden and herself of Sami origin.

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Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (“Stefan Zweig, adieu l’Europe”)

Synopsis: In 1936, from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, from New York to Petrópolis, Stefan Zweig chooses exile and decides not to return to Europe.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is the third film directed by German actress, director, and screenwriter Maria Schrader, born in 1965.

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Stanger in Paradise

Synopsis: In a classroom in Sicily, just inside the walls of the European fortress, recently arrived refugees attend the classes of Valentijn Dhaenens, a unique teacher who alternates between rejection and compassion.

Stranger In Paradise is the first feature film by Dutch filmmaker and writer Guido Hendrikx.

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The distant barking of dogs

Synopsis: Oleg, 10 years old, grew up in eastern Ukraine at a time of war. He lives with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since his mother died.

Documentary director Simon Lereng Wilmont has toured several festivals with The Distant Barking of Dogs.

Cinema
European films in the spotlight

24 weeks ago