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A night at the Louvre: Léonard de Vinci

New documentary on the work of the Renaissance genius, A night at the Louvre: Léonard de Vinci is an in-depth exploration of the museum’s abundant collection.

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A documentary view

Born in Nantes in 1984, Pierre Hubert Martin studied documentary writing at university before enrolling in the Institut Supérieur des Arts (INSAS), the reference film school in Brussels. He honed his skills on film sets as a director of photography with pared down films such as A Paris Education (2018), as well as an assistant camera operator with Claire Simon for the documentary Le Concours (2016), but also Arnaud Desplechin for Oh Mercy!, selected for competition at Cannes in 2019. One year later he made his first feature-length film: the documentary A night at the Louvre: Léonard de Vinci.

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The art of Léonard de Vinci

A night at the Louvre: Léonard de Vinci follows the private tour of the exhibition Léonard de Vinci at the Louvre museum. This legendary institution has enabled more than a million visitors to discover the various works of the Italian painter, from mythical paintings to many drawings. Filmed especially at night for the cinema, this unprecedented cultural event, is narrated by Coraly Zahonero, member of the Comédie Française, with commentary by the exhibition curators, Vincent Delieuvin and Louis Franck. These different voices allow light to be thrown on the artistic and technical practices of the Renaissance genius.

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Extend an unprecedented exhibition

Following the record number of visitors to the Léonard de Vinci exhibition at the Louvre, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, the producer and distributor Pathé Live partnered with the Parisian museum to extend the cultural meeting by using film. Under the guidance of Pierre-Hubert Martin, thirty or so technicians worked on the film-shoot for four nights. The director co-wrote this cultural journey with the writer and journalist Catherine Sauvat, who had already worked on a documentary about another Parisian museum, Musée d’Orsay en mouvements (Orsay Museum in Movement) (2017).

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An exhibition open to everyone

If the Louvre is already well-known internationally, A night at the Louvre: Léonard de Vinci puts the famous museum in the spotlight in film for the first time. Distributed in 60 countries, thanks to translation into 30 languages, the documentary allows a new view of the painter’s work to be taken, throughout the world. Keen to reach an audience as wide as possible, The Louvre also wanted to become a reference for schools, by organising screenings for students throughout the 2020/2021 school year.

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Institut français and the project

Une nuit au Louvre (2020) has been screened internationally by the Institut français, with the support of Pathé Live and the Louvre.

The Institut français offers a catalogue of over 2,500 titles, enabling the French cultural network and its partners to screen French films around the world.

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