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Algeria (1954-1962), soldiers behind the camera

Collection ECPAD, Ciclic (Centre Val de Loire), Cinémathèque de Bretagne, Forum des images, MIRA (Alsace), Cinémathèque de Nouvelle Aquitaine, Trafic Image
A film by Bertin-Maghit Jean-Pierre , France , 2018 , 65 minutes.
Production : La Chambre aux Fresques
The Algerian war, and its intensification, led more and more young Frenchmen into the unknown. They sometimes took a camera with them for souvenirs, but some, very few, took a camera to film their stay there. Their images are exceptional because they're so rare. Whereas today a mobile phone is enough to film an event, Jean-Pierre Bertin-Maghit wanted to understand how, 60 years ago, a soldier plunged into the heart of the conflict could take his camera and why? In this film, he meets four ex-soldiers who are amateur filmmakers. They answer him in front of their images. The film allows us to experience this historical moment at a human level.

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La Chambre aux fresques
Château de Prunier
86500 Pindray
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Bonheur maximum garanti

A film by Mathieu Jean-Baptiste , France , 1996 , 24 minutes.
Production : New deal films, Canal+
From home movies, news, business and advertisements of the 50 movies and 60, "Bonheur maximum garanti" (Guaranteed maximum happiness) captures the spirit of an era that promised happiness to all and away the speech propaganda in a sweet hysteria.
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Death at Vignole

A film by Smolders Olivier , Belgium , 1998 , 25 minutes.
Production : Les Films du Scarabée and Wallonie Image Production
While shooting a family movie in Venice, a filmmaker wonders how family images play a part in love and death stories.
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Free fall (Private Hungary 10)

A film by Forgács Péter , Hungary , 1996 , 75 minutes.
"Free fall" reflects to the times before the Shoah, the darkest chapter of the 20th century Hungary, based on the home movies of the talented musician, photographer and businessman, György Pető who made 8mm films from 1938. We follow their story, to discover what's behind the Pető’s happiness, how they suppress the fearful signs of threatening evidences of forthcoming massacres. "Free Fall" envisions the illusions of a Jewish Hungarian family eroded step by step, the happy, banal moments framed by the Hungarian Jewish laws. How do we understand segregation, the racist laws if ‘angels’ voice recites them? We follow their determination, the unpredictable events, and their illusions, and hopes until the very last moments. The "Free Fall" video opera recitative music composed and conducted by Tibor Szemző.
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Gabriel's Dream

A film by Lévy-Morelle Anne , Belgium , 1996 , 83 minutes.
Production : Saga Films
"Gabriel's Dream" is a documentary film directed by Anne Lévy-Morelle. It tells the story of Gabriel de Halleux, an established business man who, in late 1940s, decided to leave everything and start a new life in Chile Chico, in the depths of Chilean Patagonia.
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Gli Anni

Collection Cineteca Sarda (Cagliari - Italy) :
A film by Fgaier Sara , Italy / France , 2018 , 20 min.
Production : Dugong Films / Films Grand Huit
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Martin (Les)

Collection Centre Image Lorraine, Cinémathèque de Bretagne, Forum des Images, Mémoire Audiovisuelle de Haute-Normandie
A film by Wieder Alain, Guidicelli Jean-Claude , France , 2003 , 6 X 52 minutes.
Production : La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse / France 5
Les Martin, a 6 hours television serial, tells the story of a French family from 1945 to 1975. Their personal life is fictitious, but their historical surrounding is genuine. The main character Julien Martin, helped by his grand-father, tells the story of his family by relying on their family films. Alain Wieder, the author, wrote his narrative through a carefully knitted chronological frame. 80% of this programme is made of archival material: home movies, newsreels, educational films, propaganda footage, industrial and promotional pictures, advertisements, television archives...
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Milos revisited – ΕΠΙΣΤΡΟΦΗ ΣΤΗ ΜΗΛΟ

Collection Agathocles Cypriotis
A film by Nikos Alpantakis , Greece , 2009 , 80 minutes.
Production : Ironick Ltd – Archeio Books
This is a documentary film based on archive footage of colour 8mm film of the late 50s that comes from a totally unknown family archive. The films were shot by Agathocles Cypriotis (1910-1978), a non-famous but great cinematographer of the 50s, who did not have the opportunity to complete his work. His films are presented for the first time in public. Cypriotis is portrayed through his own films and through present day interviews of people that knew him well and feature in those old archive films. His strange biography serves as a plot as well as an introduction to many issues. Agathocles Cypriotis was a well-cultivated Athenian who served the leftist partisan group of ELAS during WWII, but later -because of the Greek civil war that followed- left the communist party and in 1946 settled to Milos Island (Cyclades) for reasons that remain partly unknown. He worked there as chief director of the Barite Factory and stayed until 1962. During this period, he helped his workers in building and organizing their own village (Pollonia) and supported the villagers in any need of them. He absolutely shared his life with theirs and got married to a Milian woman. Their only child was born there. During his stay in Milos Agathocles Cypriotis incessantly filmed the everyday life of the locals in colour 8mm film. His first shooting was realized in 1956 and the last one in 1962. He attempted to fully record every person, fact or place that was part of his life or of Milos life at the time (during the eight hours of the original colour 8mm archive films there is a defile of more than 120 persons / portraits). After 17 years things changed abruptly and in 1962 Agathocles Cypriotis left the island under circumstances that still remain unclear -a taboo for those who know the truth, a myth for those who ignore it. His death that occurred some years later left many questions unanswered as well as a lot of valuable films hidden on a family drawer. A.C.’s life has been tightly connected to Milos. Probably because 99% of his films had been shot there, it is as if he did not exist before or after his stay on the island.
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Monsieur William, les traces d'une vie possible

A film by Gaubert Denis , France , 2001 , 25 minutes.
Production : Sotavento
July 22, 1969, Simon Edelman is interned at Richmond Hospital in the neurology department, with these transfer notes: "Abandoned, confused and disoriented, identity unknown." Nurses call him Mr William.
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Ultraviolette and the Blood-Spitters Gang

Collection CICLIC Centre-Val-de-Loire, Normandie Images, MIRA
A film by Robin Hunzinger , France , 2021 , 74 minutes.
Production : Ana films/ Ciclic/ BIP TV
After the death of his grandmother Emma, Robin Hunzinger and his mother Claudie found a carefully preserved collection of letters which Emma received from a girl called Marcelle. Marcelle and Emma met in the mid-1920s. Secretly, love blossomed between the two teenage girls, but after two years they parted ways. Marcelle developed tuberculosis and was admitted to a sanatorium, where she wrote many letters to Emma, letters that still burn with great evocative power. At the sanatorium, rebellious Marcelle, nicknamed ‘Ultraviolette’, led a group of three young women who were also sick. The film, told through Marcelle’s eloquent letters, combines archive footage, avant-garde films, and music to create a sensuous, poetic atmosphere of absolute love, a daring young woman ahead of her time and a group of kindred spirits which break the barrier of time.
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