BUILDING BASTILLE

A clash of egos

Format: HD
Duration: 52 ’
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Available versions: English | French
Rights: All Rights | Worldwide except Canada

Synopsis

In 1982, the newly elected French president Francois Mitterrand decides that an ultra-modern opera house will be built on the Bastille Place, symbol of the Revolution. In a blind competition, 750 hopeful firms send designs. Word leaks out in advance that the winner will be prominent American architect Richard Meier.

During the formal announcement, the Minister of Culture stutters an unexpected name: Carlos Ott from Canada. No one has heard of him and he certainly is not Richard Meier. What happened?

Fran├žois Mitterrand looks thrilled, but not so much his sworn enemy and Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, who will do everything he can to stop the construction of the Bastille Opera.