Les aventuriers de l'Art moderne – Épisode 1 : Bohème 1900-1906

France | 2015 | 52 min
Animation: Amélie Harrault
Editing: Pauline Gaillard
Music: Pierre Adenot
Narration: Amira Casar
Script: Dan Franck
Production: Silex Films, Arte France, Financière Pinault


Presented in partnership with the consulat de France à Québec

Adapted from Dan Franck’s Le temps des bohèmes, this six-part series immerses viewers in the artistic and literary life of Paris from the early 20th century to the end of World War Two. Using the codes of fiction and through archival documents and original animated sequences, the series looks at the lives of those who left their mark on this incredible period in modern art.

Montmartre at the beginning of the century. The young poet Max Jacob moves to Paris and lives among penniless artists. Captivated by the paintings of one Pablo Picasso, he quickly forges a friendship with the painter. In 1904, the two meet the erudite, hedonistic poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Their circle, which also includes painters Maurice de Vlaminck and André Derain, needs a place to live and work, and Picasso finds it in Montmartre: a former piano factory, which Jacob nicknames the Bateau-Lavoir. Visitors to the Bateau-Lavoir include two American collectors, Gertrude and Leo Stein. Every Saturday, they host artists and writers at their apartment, where poet Gertrude Stein observes Matisse and Picasso: one ascetic, the other a bon vivant. But Matisse’s work also has shock value. At the 1905 Salon d’Automne, his boldly coloured canvases elicit laughter and derision—and thus Fauvism is born.


Pauline Gaillard

Pauline Gaillard works as a chief editor in film and television, for both documentaries and fiction films. Most notably, she collaborated with Sébastien Lifshitz on Les Invisibles, which won a César for Best Documentary in 2013, and on Valérie Donzelli’s La guerre est déclarée (2011), for which she received a César nomination for Best Editing. In 2010, she directed Que devient mon souvenir quand tu n’y penses pas, a film midway between fiction and documentary.
Filmography | Que devient mon souvenir quand tu n'y penses pas (2010).

Valérie Loiseleux

Valérie Loiseleux is an editor of both fiction films and documentaries. Since 1991, she has edited the majority of Manoel de Oliveira’s films. In 2003, she received a César for Best Editing for Lucas Belvaux’s Un couple épatant. She has worked on regular basis for the likes of Sophie Fillières, Eugène Green, Bahman Ghobadi, Jean-François Amiguet and Alain Bergala. In 2014, she published a book/journal on editing entitled Les gants blancs.
Filmography | First film.

Amélie Harrault

Amélie Harrault is a multi-faceted artist who studied at the École supérieure des beaux-arts in Toulouse, then at the École des métiers du cinéma d’animation in Angoulême. Her short film Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos (2012) was acclaimed by the animation community, receiving more than 25 awards, including a César in 2014 for Best Animated Short, and over 100 selections by festivals around the world.
Filmography | Le monde moderne (2016) ; Le principe Dada (2015) ; Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos (2012).

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Screenings playing this movie

Grande Bibliothèque de BAnQ - Auditorium
Screening # 31
Presented by Consulat Général de France au Québec