Lush nature, majestic river, stunning castles
In the heart of France, the Loire valley is a rare and precious piece of land listed as a World Heritage Site.
Over a condensed 250 kilometres are incredible places and exceptional people.
With its lush nature, majestic river, numerous castles steeped in history and an authentic terroir, the Loire valley is a must-see destination for lovers of France and its culture.
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.
LANDS OF THE EARTH : THE 52' COLLECTION [12x52’]
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.
NEW ZEALAND, THE SOUTH ISLAND [52’]
An episode from the series
Located at the edge of the world, New Zealand is probably the last land to have been colonized by men.
The South Island, known to the Maoris for nearly 1,000 years as Te Waipounamu, "The Land of Water with Green Stones", is home to deposits of jade, a gem that has shaped the Maori culture.
Wilder than its northern sister, the island is home to the most beautiful landscapes of New Zealand with a large mountain range, the Mount Cook, ice fields and majestic fjords.
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 there are animals that defy both death and time. They are called tardigrade, lobster, 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?
BECOMING DE GAULLE [52’]
A visionary from an early 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 an early 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.
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.
LIVING ON WILD PLANTS [52’]
Their gustatory and nourishing qualities
Edible wild plants have fed generations of humans over the centuries before falling into oblivion. For a long time, we have come across them at the bend of a path without questioning their usefulness.
Today, we look at these plants in a completely different light because they offer a wonderful opportunity to rethink our diet and our relationship with nature.
Pioneers following in the footsteps of our hunter-gatherer ancestors present the gustatory and nourishing qualities of wild plants.
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.
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, he 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.
GERHARD SCHRODER, DRUM UP YOUR COURAGE [52’]
The man who revived Germany
This is the portrait of a man without whom Germany wouldn’t be what it is today.
When Gerhard Schröder came to power, his country was depicted as the "sickman of Europe". His actions -which often turned the back to his social-democrat roots- still explain today the division inside the society, the increasing divergence between east and west, rich and poor, politics and society. It cost him his reelection, a risk he was fully aware of taking. But the radical changes he imposed definitely helped Germany to regain its status and succesfully face the various crises of the subsequent years.
Through hard work and discipline, Gerhard Schröder worked his way up from a humble origin to one of the most powerful political positions in Germany. Today his political savvy and expertise are sought after in a world increasingly dominated by populist leaders and autocratic states.
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.