Exploring with wide open eyes
Today, exploring the world doesn’t have the same meaning as in the past. Indeed, very few corners of the planet remain unknown, although it would be wise for them to stay so.
With infinite passion and curiosity, the directors of these films brought back from their travels the discovery of small villages whose beauty had gone unnoticed, touching encounters and fascinating stories.
On foot, by train or by boat, these modern explorations are done with wide open eyes.
BECOMING CHANEL [52’]
The story of a myth
Chanel's first outlet, established in 1910, was a hat shop. Indeed, Coco Chanel was forbidden to sell clothes there because a seamstress had her business at that same address.
Today, Chanel is one of the world's most famous luxury brands. Emblematic of high-end French fashion, its international appeal has not wavered for more than a century.
How did this woman, born at the end of the 19th century into a destitute family, become this mythical figure?
AL PACINO, THE RELUCTANT STAR [52’]
The many faces of an icon
Al Pacino made it onto the big stages, from Broadway to Hollywood, but, being extremely shy, is still somehow a mystery.
At the beginning of the 70’s, he got his first international success as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" which was followed by legendary screen heroes such as drug lord Tony Montana, New York cop Serpico, bank robber Sonny Wortzig or blind colonel Frank Slade.
At nearly 80 years of age, Al Pacino continues to show his versatility by appearing both on stage and in front of the camera. He is a man with many faces. A gifted actor and a reluctant star.
BECOMING DE GAULLE [52’]
A visionary even from a very young age
General Charles de Gaulle is a multi-faceted man. There is the savior, a leading figure in French history during WWII. There is the intimate man, the one who cuddled his trisomic daughter, loved the simplicity of family life and always in need of Yvonne, the woman of his life.
And then there is the lesser known side of the man, a visionary even from a very young age.
This film tells the story of young Charles becoming General de Gaulle, the many challenges he imposed on himself. The story begins on November 22, 1890, and ends on June 18, 1940, in London.
ARKTIC A 62 DAY SOLITARY JOURNEY [52’]
On and under the ice pack
In some parts of the world, climate change is more obvious than elsewhere.
French explorer Alban Michon, a specialist in ice diving, achieved a world first by crossing the Arctic "Northwest Passage" alone. Carrying over 180 kilos of equipment, Alban travelled nearly 500 kilometres, braving temperatures as low as -53°C.
This film is the story of this extraordinary adventure on and under the ice pack.
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: TREASURE OF THE CARIBBEAN [52’]
Away from the beaches, into the heart of a changing country
The beaches of the Dominican Republic attract millions of vacationers. Those who are willing to stray will discover a multifaceted country and a very welcoming mixed-race people; a country that reveals itself through encounters, in its historic cities, at the gates of the desert or in the heart of a rapidly changing capital.
But no matter what you do, wherever you go, you will always be accompanied by festive music, called here bachata or merengue.
The ultimate no stress destination, the Dominican Republic unveils its most beautiful treasures.
BEIJING, CHRONICLE OF A PANDEMIC [52’]
Life under quarantine
With the COVID-19 pandemy, China quarantine millions and massively monitored everyone else.
This film follows a French journalist living in Beijing with his wife. They were forced to spend their days in isolation with nothing else to do than shopping online, cooking and the occasional visit to their neighbours until the government announced the end of the lockdown. Daily activities slowly resumed but with the threat of the virus still lingering in the air.
The Party has officially won the war.
LEGENDS OF EUROPE [12x52’]
Mystical and fantasy tales
This series take a new, almost magical, look at European heritage driven by a newfound interest for the fantastic dimension of its age-old legends. Whether frightening or surprising, these stories, inspired by natural splendours, are, at once, mystical and obscure enigmas to decipher.
Pirates, satanic beasts, enchanted forests, petrified shepherds, bewitched lakes, amphibian monsters or captive princesses are the heroes of this saga which, from North to South and from East to West, takes a new look at Europe.
SURVIVING 9/11 [52’]
Trapped in the Towers
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Colin, John, and Bruno return to their offices in the North Tower while Brian does the same in the South Tower. Jay has just finished his night shift and leaves his fire station 5 minutes away from the World Trade Center.
Suddenly, the twin towers become the target of a ghastly attack.
For the first time, the tragedy of September 11 is told through 5 survivors, 5 heroes, trapped on different floors in the hell that has become the World Trade Center towers.
This is the story of their struggle for life.
LIGURIA: THE ITALIAN RIVIERA [52’]
An invitation to dream and get away
Liguria, known worldwide as the Italian Riviera, extends over 300 kilometres along the Mediterranean.
Genoa. Portofino. The Five Lands. These mythical names are an invitation to this northern region which has always been at the heart of the country's history from the Romans to the dolce vita of the 1960's.
The magic of the Italian Riviera comes from a rich heritage and ancestral know-how packaged in an exceptional natural setting while enjoying a year-round idyllic climate.
MAMMA GIRAFFE [52’]
A Singular Mother
The film tells the life of a young female giraffe from the birth of her first baby to the delivery, 20 months later, of a second one.
It is an opportunity to discover the everyday life of a giraffe in all its aspects between the two births: the moves, feeding, schedule, social organization, reproduction, vulnerability to predators, connection to the offspring, coexistence with other species, connection to the environment.
CAPE TOWN, THE QUEEN BEAUTY OF AFRICA [52’]
The Mother City of South Africa
Nestled in a stunning bay overlooked by the world famous Table Mountain, Cape Town is known as the Mother City in South Africa.
This metropolis of 4 million people has been blessed with tremendous development after the end of apartheid and stands now as the most remarkable city in Africa. At once cosmopolitan and tolerant, dynamic and creative it is a fascinating place to visit.