Science & Technology
Understanding our solar system
This series is a fascinating journey beyond Earth to the farthest reaches of our solar system to unveil its history, its present, and future.
Every planet in our solar system, be it Venus or Jupiter, plays a part in it which we intend to discover through breathtaking images and scientific explanations.
EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD 52’ or 75’
On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the 4 corners of Europe by air, road or water.
Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology.
This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological prowess and the incredible machines used to achieve it.
Also available as a 75'
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GIANT MAMMOTH 52’
A million-year-old skeleton
Over a million years old, the Durfort mammoth is the National Museum of Natural History emblem.
Fragilized by the passage of time, this giant skeleton now needs urgent care. The bones have turned black, and some have worrying cracks. Paleontologists are working on this complex and lengthy restoration project.
This film looks at the history of this pachyderm with surprising characteristics using scientific methods.
SPACE TOMORROW [6x52’]
The fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies
When he took off to reach the International Space Station, the young French astronaut Thomas Pesquet became the new hero of a generation.
His exceptional destiny was probably the result of the epic stories he heard as a child: mythical conquests of Space, men walking on the moon and experiences defying the laws of gravity. But the astronaut of today is also a man of the future contemplating life in space or the first manned missions to Mars.
SPACE TOMORROW depicts the fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies, the big adventures of the past and the challenges of tomorrow.
THE BLUE CRAB, CHRONICLE OF AN INVASION 52’
A real nuisance
The 'Callinectes sapidus' has a blue shell rimmed with slightly orange spines and powerful claws that can crush oysters.
This blue crab, which is fond of the Mediterranean lagoons, proliferates exponentially, making it a real nuisance for fishermen and oyster farmers.
THE CHALLENGE OF BRIDGE MAINTENANCE 52’
Massive constructions under pressure
Even the most basic bridges are engineering challenges exposed to the elements (wind, rain, seawater...) that damage these massive constructions. Intensive road traffic is also a factor of additional constraints. A crack, even a microscopic one, or a rust point in the wrong place can have serious consequences.
To avoid the worst, bridges are subject to permanent controls and repairs using advanced techniques such as, for example, breaking concrete with high pressure water or cutting a cable so tight that it could unleash like a giant whip.
Maintenance specialists perform daily tasks that are not well known to the public in order to prevent tragedies.
THE IMMORTALS 52’
Living beings with superpowers
Living beings have a very variable lifespan; it can be centuries, years, or just a few days, but all eventually face extinction. Yet some animals defy both death and time. They are called tardigrade, lobster, and naked rat-taupe and possess real superpowers that enable them to fight disease and aging.
In trying to unravel their mystery, a question arises: do they have the secret of eternal life?
THE SOLAR SYSTEM 52’
A journey through space and time
This film is a journey through space and time to understand our origins.
It starts from the creation of our solar system, 4.8 billion years ago, takes us through the changes and the evolutions that it underwent until today, and looks at its future.
TOLLUND THE ENIGMA OF THE SWAMP MUMMY 52’ or 110’
It’s a unique archaeological relic, an exceptional find, preserved in a Danish marsh for over 2,500 years, the Tollund Man is a natural mummy offering us a rare face-to-face encounter with the past.
When we contemplate this sleeping face that has miraculously survived the centuries, a host of questions come to mind: where did it come from? Who was he? How did he live? What was he doing here, in the peat, with a rope around his neck? Was he hanged? On what grounds? In what context?
WORLD HERITAGE CANAL 52’
An architectural wonder and a technical prowess
In the 17th century, Louis XIV financed the digging of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the second largest construction of his reign after the Palace of Versailles.
Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning canal in Europe and is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
A journey through space and time
How was the solar system created? Why did life appear on Earth and nowhere else?
These are the questions that WORLDS tries to answer by taking us on a journey through space and time to understand our origins.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA 52’
On board a nuclear-powered submarine
On board the Vigilant, one of France's 4 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, men and women are working in the greatest secrecy.
This ultra-sophisticated vessel is capable of diving to a depth of 400 meters and staying undetected for several months.
Its highly qualified and trained crew regularly embarks on missions in real conditions.
They wage wars and administer medicines. They are farmers and graziers. They live in a world of coded communications, strict chains of command, secret poison mixtures and prodigious strength.
They have inhabited our planet for millions of years and yet no living creature seems more alien to us. They are the ants.
With its striking visual images, this groundbreaking filml takes us into a mysterious yet fascinating world.
Masters of the sky
From inside the cockpit, a flight is no longer exactly the same.
This series focuses not only on pilots but also on the mythical planes that have graced our skies.
During a flight aboard one of these extraordinary aircrafts, we discover the reality, the complexity, the ingenuity of the machines and the men who work in this world driven by passion.
BAT & MAN 52’
A mammal that causes leaps in science
Bats were already on earth during the dinosaurs’ era, 60 million years ago, and this incredible species has actually not evolved since.
Today, scientific studies of bats have revealed astonishing discoveries in the fields of bionics, disease prevention and containment which can crossover to the human world.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE PARIS SUBWAY 52’
An engineering feat
The first subway line in Paris was inaugurated on July 19, 1900. This new means of transportation was a response to the city's traffic problems.
The project was rushed to be ready for the Universal Exhibition and the Olympic Games which were held in the French capital that year.
How did the engineer Fulgence Bienvenüe, one of the fathers of the subway, imagine and build this network?
CARNAC, THE NEOLITHIC LOST KINGDOM 52’
The mystery of the menhirs
In Brittany, France, the multitude of menhirs continues to confound archaeologists.
The most recent scientific research has identified dozens of new alignments of stelae, some of which lie under the sea. In the Neolithic period, why did men erect these gigantic funerary monuments to the glory of dignitaries as powerful as the Pharaohs?
From often tenuous clues, experts try to reveal the mysteries that still shroud these sites and this unique society that shone and disappeared suddenly.
DRONES, THE SENTINELS OF THE ENVIRONMENT 52’
Research and observation tools
Scientists working on the environment are using drones as research and observation tools.
These scouts, whose usefulness is only beginning, are opening up new avenues for the protection of natural habitats and animal species, the fight against invasive species, and the assessment of natural risks.
EQALUSUAQ, ON THE TRAIL OF THE HIDDEN PREDATORS 52’
The salmon run and those awaiting them
In July, in Alaska, millions of salmon run up the rivers. Many are anxiously waiting for them: grizzlies, sea lions, orcas, eagles, sharks... and young divers/photographers.
Paul and Thomas, two marine biologists, are here to live their passion for open spaces and memorable encounters with animals as impressive as extraordinary.
Among all these great predators, there is one in particular they have been on the lookout: the salmon shark.
EXTREME ELEVATORS, SKY IS THE LIMIT 48’
A sophisticated and high-performance equipment
The elevator is an invisible means of transportation and yet the most used worldwide. Every day, more than a billion human beings take them.
Since its creation in 1853, it has followed the industrial evolution and accompanied innovative technologies. Today, it is a sophisticated, high-performance piece of equipment.
When we enter an elevator, we are far from imagining all the innovations it has benefited from over the past decades.
FORBIDDEN PARIS: UNDERGROUND MEGASTRUCTURES 52’
Beneath the City of Lights
Everyone has heard about Paris and its architectural treasures. But the City of Lights has many secrets yet to be discovered. Indeed, under its pavement, the French capital hides megastructures that are mysterious, dangerous and unknown to the public.
These underground constructions are unique and essential for the city and represented huge challenges for their builders.
A journey into the construction of Paris' foundations.
FRANCOIS MITTERRAND ARCHITECT OF MYSTERIES 52’
An innovative and unexpected policy of large public works
In 14 years of the French presidency, François Mitterrand commissioned 11 major works like the Grande Arche de la Défense, the Opéra Bastille, and the Louvre Pyramid.
Initially, nothing was planned in his campaign promises. His policy of large public works was innovative and unexpected.
Did the former President take himself for Louis XIV? Was there a mystical dimension in the making of these pharaonic monuments? Was this believer in spiritual forces anxious to leave a trace?
Mapping the city of tomorrow
More than any city in the world, Singapore is a laboratory for urban development and the best place to figure out how life will look in megacities at the end of the 21st century.
With extensive computer-generated imagery, FUTUROPOLIS explores the concepts, ideas, and innovations required to face the challenges of the coming decades.
It is a thrilling exploration of the city of tomorrow which most likely will be vertical and floating.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 52’ or 90’
What lies beneath our feet
From the Icelandic volcano from which Jules Verne sent his characters to the Centre of the Earth, to the Stromboli volcano from which they emerged after an eruption, this impossible adventure shows that science is on the move more than ever, in terms of geology, mineralogy, geophysics, biochemistry... the last few years have been full of revelations!
With the best international specialists, from the Sultanate of Oman to the Italian Val d'Aosta, via Mexico or Paris, we discover an unknown world beneath our feet...
Precursor of Charles Darwin
Born in 1744, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine Monnet de Lamarck was enthralled by the science of life.
He studied not only botany but also physics, chemistry, meteorology, and even hydrogeology.
Unfortunately, his ideas did not appeal to his contemporaries. It took the writings of Charles Darwin to bring his work to light.
MOBYDICK: THE OPERATION 52’
The secrets of the sperm whale
The sperm whale is one of the most impressive and lesser known animals on the planet.
This film is a playful and fascinating investigation into the mysteries that surround these giants of the seas: an ability to defy the laws of physics, their complex social relationships, a technique for long-distance communication and a sophisticated echolocation system.
Thanks to stunning visual sequences, these leviathans from another age have never been filmed so closely in their daily lives.
NATURE = FUTURE [46x5’]
A source of scientific and technological innovations
Nature is perfect. For 3.8 billion years, it has found sustainable solutions to the problems it encounters. Through biodiversity, it is a source of limitless innovations that we are only beginning to explore.
This series focuses on biomimicry, the study of nature in the service of scientific and technological discoveries.
Each episode highlights a specific application or research.
THE BRIDGES OF PARIS 52’ or 70’
Pushing back the limits
The bridges of Paris follow one another along the Seine river, all different since they were built over centuries and reflect the most advanced techniques of each era. First in wood, then in stone, metal and today in high-performance alloys, they have each time pushed back the limits of know-how.
How have these superstructures withstood the test of time? What challenges were met to gain in lightness and sturdiness, to improve span and strength?
Thanks to 3D images and the participation of the best experts, this film takes us back in time to discover the incredible story of the bridges of Paris.
Also available as a 70'
THE DRONE REVOLUTION 70’
Smarter and more versatile
The value of drones is no longer in doubt with their multiple applications and functionalities.
In the beginning, they were mainly used for observation and to take pictures. Over time, they have become much more intelligent and have found a place in many sectors such as media, agriculture, industry, surveying, thermography, security, and transport.
THE FUNNY SIDE OF SCIENCE 52’
The advances behind ludicrous research
How do roller coaster rides affect the treatment of asthma? Do we swim faster in water or in syrup?
Hundreds of similar research subjects have won awards at the now famous "Ig Nobel" ceremony, the satirical equivalent of the Nobel awards. But the craziest questions can have useful applications or even lead to genuine progress in fundamental science.
This film brings together the finest discoveries of the Ig Nobel Prizes with the aim to reveal the genuine advances in science behind projects that have deceptively ludicrous titles.
THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF ROCAMADOUR 52’
The secrets of a pillar of faith
Rocamadour is a breathtaking medieval citadel built on the edge of a cliff in the center of France. Seemingly defying the laws of gravity, it stands at 364 meters, 40 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower.
This medieval city owes its fame to the fabulous treasure it conceals.
Nine centuries after its foundation, this film reveals the secrets of a pillar of faith, renown for extraordinary technical feats and legends.
THE SECRETS OF MARS AND THE MOON [2x52’]
The closest stars
The Moon and Mars are the stars closest to our planet.
Despite their proximity, there are still many things we do not know about them.
THE UFO'S OFFICE 47’
Trying to explain the inexplicable
In Toulouse, France, the National Center for Space Studies has a department that is unique in the world; it is called the Study and Information Group on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena.
Created more than 40 years ago, the purpose of this little-known public service is to collect, investigate and try to explain testimonies regarding unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
This film unveils the incredible story of this office.
SEARCHING FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE? 52’
A hatching of new worlds
Men are born naturally curious of the Universe and the most being the scientists hunting for "exo planets", the ones outside our solar system.
European researchers are far ahead in this field and, in this film, they share their professional curiosity about the organization of other planetary systems as well as their thoughts on the ultimate question in human mind: should life exists somewhere else, what would it look like?