Location: Auditorium, AFB
Date: Wed, 2011/05/11 (All day)
On the occasion of the exhibition, Paris, La Métisse (Multicultural Paris), the Alliance Française de Bangalore presents short films on Paris
In collaboration with the Embassy of France in India, the Fondation Alliance Française and the City of Paris
Wednesday 11 May @ 6:30 pm
“Sur les toits de Paris” (On the Roofs of Paris)
By Olivier Lassu / color documentary, 2002 – 55 minutes
The filmmaker captures Parisians who survey the roofs of the capital either for business or for pleasure. The passionate testimonials of these chimney sweeps, roofers, artists or “roofophiles” outline the portrait of a secret city, close to the sky and to dreams.
A subtle commentary read by the actor Philippe Torreton accompanies these very beautiful images of a totally new Paris. This documentary leads its viewers along an urban and human path in the French capital, in search of a dimension as mythic as it is unexplored, between tin roofing and azure sky.
Wednesday 11 May @ 7:30 pm
Blanche nuit à Paris” (All-Nighter in Paris)
By Jérôme Caza and Arnaud Ngatcha / color documentary, 2002 – 54 minutes
The subject is the Parisian “all-nighter,” which was organized by the mayor’s office and took place on October 5, 2002.
It shows performances in very diverse venues of the capital. With the nocturnal travels of a group of onlookers as the unifying theme, this documentary follows the reactions of its organizers during the course of the night and, thanks to the presence of numerous cameras, accurately reproduces the successful and playful character of this joyous cultural event.
Thursday 12 May @ 6:30 pm
“Jusqu’au dernier saltimbanque” (Up to the Last Street Acrobat)
By Laurent Canches / color documentary, 1999 – 52 minutes
The film sketches the portrait of street artists who have been working in the plaza in front of Beaubourg since the 1970s. It also analyzes the unique role that the “empty square” plays in the life of the neighborhood and includes testimony from Renzo Piano, Beaubourg’s architect.
Thursday 12 May @ 7:30 pm
“Au fin Moka”
By Boris Joseph / color documentary, 2005, 53 minutes
At the foot of the Montmartre hill (18th arrondissement), is “Au fin Moka”, an old-fashioned bistro run by the valiant octogenarian, Georgette, and patronized by a certain 75 year-old regular named Fernande.
Georgette talks about her Paris and about Montmartre. She waits for her clients, for her neighbors and for the neighborhood to liven up. As time goes by, the old ladies watch the world through their life experience, through their memories of growing up in the Paris of yesteryear and with a critical eye full of humor.
Boris Joseph’s empathetic camera presents Georgette and Henriette to us with great simplicity – two old ladies with strong personalities, sometimes making light of the camera which wins them over.
Aside from some quick exterior shots, the single set (Au fin Moka) and the numerous close-ups of the two protagonists give this documentary an intimacy and a proximity which makes these two women engaging. The dialogues are also full of humor and lucidity.
The above films will be screened at the Suchitra Film Academy on 6,7 and 8 May 2011