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NEW - In Production 2022

The Mayor

S. Shah Povia & P. Curzi

 

The rise of Italian fascism today proves that Italy has never come to terms with its past. The mayor Giorgio Frassineti wants to create the first ever museum on fascism in Predappio, Mussolini’s hometown and fascist pilgrimage destination, to counter this uncomfortable legacy. Through other examples like Spain and the affair of Franco’s tomb, this documentary is an opportunity to trigger a reflection on the collective memory of a nation and on what it means to deal with the legacy of a dictator. This project makes a particular sense today as populisms and nationalisms are rising again worldwide.

HD – 90’ & 52’

 

 

 

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The Diary of Lula

J. Bourgarel

Built like a thriller, this documentary will adopt the narrative codes of fiction films, with flashbacks, twists and turns, all of which have really marked the life of Lula... and his country. Constantly oscillating between democracy and dictatorship, Brazil is now again at the crossroads. And Lula finds himself once again as the symbol of this permanent back and forth between authoritarian and liberal regimes, between poverty and prosperity, between regression and progression. His programmed victory in 2022 thus appears to be the climax of an exceptional destiny that embraces all the contours of Brazil's history: its advances, its retreats, its hesitations, its about-faces... A history that will find its place as a parable of all the countries today threatened by "liberal" regimes leaning more and more towards dictatorship.

 

HD – 52’ – Produced by Illégitime Défense

 

 

 

A French Enclave in Jerusalem

V. Berda

Very few people know that France is ruling over a little piece of land in Jerusalem. For centuries indeed, the French flag has been flying over 4 enclaves: St Ann Church, the Tombs of the Kings, the Church of the Pater Noster on the Mount of Olives and Abu Gosh, a Benedictine monastery. Through this, France is leading an active and yet fragile foreign policy in the Near East and particularly in the Holy City. This Christian presence together with the Vatican, the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Church seems to bring balance to the always-on-the-verge-to-explode situation. This documentary is a journey through time, art, religion and politics.

 

HD – 52’ – Produced by Illégitime Défense – Available End of 2022

 

 

 

Maurice Chevalier - A Straw Hat in Hollywood

B.Tessier

Maurice Chevalier was a giant of French song. His career covered six decades. But he was also one of the very few French artists to succeed in American motion pictures. And even more: at the beginning of the 30’s, he was the King of Hollywood and the most well-paid artist in the world. With hisirresistible French accent and legendary straw hat, through movies directed by Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder and Vincente Minnelli, he epitomized the French man: debonair, flirtatious, charming, sophisticated. An incredible career crowned in 1959 by a Honorary Academy Award.

 

HD – 52’ – Produced by Illégitime Défense

 

 

 

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A history of the Jesuits is another story of the Catholic Church: tumultuous, ambitious, energetic, mixing knowledge, power, the sciences, the arts, grand adventurers, and discoveries, but also polemics, politics, conflicts of interest, entryism and networks, even the trading of favors.

It is this other story of the Catholic Church that we want to relate in this 3 x 52- minute miniseries by highlighting its strong personalities, history- steeped places, magnificent architecture and exceptional situations triggering extraordinary events.

HD –  3 x 52', 2 x 52' & 90'Available 2020