The architect of the elements
Itami Jun is Japanese-born Korean architect.
In this film, he revisits the places he cherished, more specifically the thoughtful and sensitive architectural works he designed.
His original and innovative approach has been revealed in the design of ensembles and by a meticulous choice of materials. Favouring wood, stone and metal, he has revived the tradition of harmony with nature for a more humane architecture.
Also available as a 52'
THE WALL OF DEATH [75’]
Defying the laws of gravity
The motodrome, nicknamed the Wall of Death, is a large circular merry-go-round. Vintage motorbikes ride on its vertical walls, defying the laws of gravity with lightness.
German stuntman Donald Ganlsmeier has been revamping this funfair attraction from the last century.
This film tells the story of how Donald and his team revive this practice and how they embark on a new challenge of mechanical acrobatics with the creation of a special number with 4 bikes.
1938, THE RACIAL LAWS OF FASCISM [62’]
The Jews of Italy
Eighty years ago, Italy didn’t have a tradition of anti-Semitism but the fascist propaganda nudged it into accepting the mistreatment of a minority which had been living in the country for centuries.
This film shed a new light on this dramatic period when, for the first time, mass media played a major role in one of the most tragic racial persecution in the history of humankind.
ANGELA MERKEL, THE UNEXPECTED [52’]
The world's most powerful woman
Angela Merkel is often described as the new Iron Lady and referred to as “mother”. But who is this woman? What are the facts behind her story?
Interviews with childhood friends, long time companions, business executives and global political leaders reveal how the East German daughter of a protestant pastor worked her way up to become the most powerful woman on the planet.
Her modesty combined with strong will and strategic approach left many to underestimate Angela Merkel and thus paving the way for her rise to power.
Also available as a 90'
APOCALYPSE: THE BATTLE OF VERDUN [2x45’]
A 300 days nightmare
This film commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun through compelling narration and colorized archive footage.
The battle raged for 300 days in hellish conditions over an area of 100 square kilometres. In terms of strategic objectives, it achieved nothing. In the course of those 300 days, 700,000 men were killed, wounded or reported missing in action.
Also available in 90'
APOCALYPSE: THE NEVER ENDING WAR [2x45’]
After the Great War
1918 is a time of chaos, conflicts and precarious equilibrium. Survivors from the Great War have lost everything. As the world reels and tries to right itself, misery and uncertainty give rise to nationalism and the evil forces of totalitarianism.
Will peace ever come?
Also available as 90'
BLACK CODE [90’]
When states play Big Brother
This is a gripping account of how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens.
With stories from exiled Tibetan monks trying to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists using social media to distribute alternative news and Pakistani showing online violence against women, this film shows firsthand the high-stakes consequences that our unprecedented level of digital communication can produce.
As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy and democracy are being challenged to the very core.
BREATH OF FREEDOM [90’]
A paradoxical chapter in American history
At the end of World War II, African-American GIs were stationed in Germany as part of a policy to help rid the country of racism and oppression.
That was pretty ironic since strict segregation prevailed in their own country, even in the US army.
Seen by the German people as representatives of a victorious power, these African-American GIs found themselves in a foreign country experiencing for the first time what it feels like to be treated as equals.
BUILDING BASTILLE (TRAILER) [90’]
A clash of egos
In 1982, the newly elected French president Francois Mitterrand decides that an ultra-modern opera house will be built on the Bastille Place, symbol of the Revolution.
In a blind competition, 750 hopeful firms send designs. Word leaks out in advance that the winner will be prominent American architect Richard Meier.
During the formal announcement, the Minister of Culture stutters an unexpected name: Carlos Ott from Canada. No one has heard of him and he certainly is not Richard Meier. What happened?
François Mitterrand looks thrilled, but not so much his sworn enemy and Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, who will do everything he can to stop the construction of the Bastille Opera.
CALL OF THE ICE [2x52’]
50 days in the barren sea-ice of Greenland
Mike Magdison, director of the multi-award-winning film INUK : « I’m leaving it all behind, everything I own, and yes, even my precious IPhone. In the heart of the polar winter, I will head to the barren sea-ice of Greenland where I’ll attempt to survive alone for 50 days, in the middle of a frozen desert.
This is an experience about learning, with its failures and pain, but also its victories in the face of adversity.
Also available as 90’
DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK [52’]
Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank is notorious for having revolutionized photography and independent film. His portraits are snapshots that capture the moment whether they depict the lives of London bankers, Welsh miners or rock stars like the Stones.
He opens up in front of the camera of his long-standing collaborator, Laura Israel and looks back, self-confidently but also self-deprecatingly, at his life and work.
The film shows us an artist in action; the witness of an era which remembers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg with whom he made films that defined the Beat generation.
Also available in 82'
EARTH FROM ABOVE [16x52’]
A wonderful and emotional portrait of our planet
Hosted by worldwide famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and inspired by his best-selling book, this prime time documentary series explores the major environmental issues currently at stake.
This is the story of our beautiful, alive but fragile planet told by passionate men and women from all around the world.
Also available as 16x110'
ELIZABETH II: A QUEEN’S REVOLUTION [52’]
A decade of turmoil
Queen Elizabeth has had the longest reign. However, some years back the sacred duty of the Queen could have come to a sudden end when she went through a decade of unprecedented turmoil. The crown faltered.
In order to escape from that trap that History has laid for her, the Queen had to evolve, to renounce the principles that had ruled her life until then, to overcome her royal distance
Also available as a 90'
FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF AMERICA [90’]
The man behind the winning smile
This film takes us behind the scenes to tell the story of the man known as "the Voice". What kind of person was Francis Albert Sinatra and what were the keys to his success?
We meet the man behind the winning smile and show why Sinatra became a big star, an icon and to many a hero, even though he was suffering many traumas, that influenced an entire era.
Also available as a 52mns
GRAB AND RUN [52’]
Abducted into marriage
Since Kyrgyzstan gained its independence in 1991, there has been a revival of the ancient practice of Ala-Kachuu, which translates roughly as "grab and run".
More than half Kyrgyz women get married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. Some escape after having endured violent ordeals, but most yield to tradition and fear of scandal. Although the practice is said to have its root in nomadic customs, it remains at odds with modern Kyrgyzstan.
Even if Ala-Kachuu has been outlawed during the Soviet era and is still illegal nowadays, the law is rarely enforced.
Also available as a 90'
IDITAROD: THE RACE OF A LIFETIME [90’]
The ultimate challenge
The Iditarod is a legendary sled-dog race crossing the whole of Alaska, a distance of 1,700 kms.
Nicolas Vanier, a great lover of the Far North and veteran musher, is famous for his polar exploits in every icebound region of the world.
The Iditarod is his ultimate challenge.
INSTANT BADASS [52’]
From the street to the cage
Away from the postcard image of Bangkok exists a world of violence and social antagonism.
Jakkrapong created the first Street Fight club in the city, providing a space for anyone to come and experience fighting. Operating on the fringe of society, and considered by most to be thugs, these young men meet to confront each other. Not for money or glory, but just to feel alive.
These are men that ultimately want to build, in their own way, a social bond within a hostile society.
OMECITTA, A JAPANESE TRIBUTE TO CINEMA [75’]
The movie posters city
30 km West of Tokyo, the city of Ome has a quaint charm with the multitude of cinema posters that announced the arrival of western films in the 50’s and 60’s. Indeed, after the war, Ome, with its 3 theaters showing international films, attracted moviegoers from all over the country.
Proud of this past, the municipality decided to revive it and although all the cinemas have disappeared, the streets are dotted with painted reproductions of hundreds of posters.
Thus, upon arriving at the train station, travellers are greeted by Audrey Hepburn and her "Breakfast at Tiffany's", while on the platform others wait facing "Romeo and Juliet".
The moment their world teetered
Through a montage of compelling videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians or transsexuals, this film makes us experience from within the groundbreaking moment of their coming out – after which their intimate and social life shall be forever changed.
THE COLOR OF JUSTICE [52’]
A deadly chokehold
In July 2014, Eric Garner, a black American, died in the street after being violently arrested by a NYC Police officer who is seen pulling him to the ground and chokeholding him. His death was recorded in an amateur video that shows him telling repeatedly “I can’t breathe”.
Five months later, a grand jury declined to indict the policeman because of insufficient proof and the case was dismissed.
In 2018, a legal team conducted a mock trial to rectify this denial of justice.
Also available as a 70'
THE PEOPLE OF THE RIVER [2x110’]
Millions of people live on riversides
Travel to the spiritual centre of India, along the holy Ganges, where over 600 million people live in the river basin.
Discover the wild Zambezi that goes into the heart of Africa and understand how the river’s many changes add rhythm to people’s lives.
Follow the mysterious Mekong, at the edge of Laos and Cambodia, which has fascinated generations of explorers throughout the centuries.
Extraordinary people, amazing sagas and the surprising stories and lives of the millions of men and women who reside on their banks.
Also available as 3x100'
An improbable and triumphant story
This is the incredible but true story of Wayne Gardner, a kid from Wollongong, a little town of less than 300,000 inhabitants, that no one believed in and who grew up to be the hero who would define an era for Australians. He practiced one of the most dangerous and visually arresting sport on the planet: Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing.
This classic hero’s journey reminds us what it feels like to be the underdog, and yet climb a mountain, win a race or achieve our own individual dreams.
WHO OWNS NATURE? [96’]
A dramatic alpine play
Who owns nature? Are we, as humans, its protectors or destructors?
Mountain goats, bellowing stags, a pack of wolves, forest rangers, farmers, wildlife biologists, hunting opponents and hunters: they are all protagonists in a dramatic alpine play.
How should humans deal with nature and wild animals today?
YAB YUM [75’]
The rise and fall of the world's most legendary brothel
Yab Yum, Amsterdam's most legendary brothel, was forced to close its doors more than 10 years ago after the exclusive and vibrant club turned into a dodgy criminal hub.
Director Anna Maria van't Hek found those who once worked there, they share with her their turbulent past. They tell their stories, both extravagant and painful, about Yab Yum's glory days and how it all went tragically wrong.
FRANCE, A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME [90’]
Making past and present collide
Imagine travelling back in time: the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris encircled by a mysterious tropical mangrove swamp; the Loire valley rising from a forgotten lagoon; the Mont Saint Michel looming over a smoking volcanic plain.
This spectacular production shows how the wonders of modern France are rooted in its fabulous past. None of the marvels that make the country famous today could have existed without those primal origins.
Using cinematic compositing and matte painting techniques, present and past collide in a unique film.
PARAIBA MEU AMOR (LONG VERSION) [74’]
The soul music of Northeast Brazil
Northeast Brazil moves to the beat of “forró”, a music that is an integral part of the life and culture of the region.
PARAIBA MEU AMOR explores the history, presents interviews and covers live sessions to understand how this music came to represent the spirit of the Northeast and the Sertão.
In such a dry and arid land, the “forró” has greatly influenced the people and their culture.