Les aventuriers de l'Art moderne – Épisode 6 : Minuit à Paris 1939-1945

France | 2015 | 52 min
Animation: Amélie Harrault
Editing: Valérie Loiseleux
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

The Second World War breaks out and France mobilizes its troops. After the debacle of June 1940 and the occupation by Nazi Germany, many artists and intellectuals attempt to flee Europe. Those who remain, formerly friends, tear each other apart after choosing sides: some resist; other collaborate. Many adapt to the situation, while others pay for their actions with their lives. After the war ends, Paris is reborn and discovers the marvellous Les Enfants du paradis, Jacques Prévert’s hymn to freedom directed by Marcel Carné.


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).

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).

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.

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Screenings playing this movie

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings
Screening # 71
Presented by Consulat Général de France au Québec
Centre Canadien d’Architecture - Théâtre Paul-Desmarais
Screening # 91
Presented by Consulat Général de France au Québec