THE BOOKSELLERS is a lively, behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it. Executive produced by Parker Posey and featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers, THE BOOKSELLERS is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book.
Autumn 2015. At the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season withSchönberg's Moses and Aaron. But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting rolecomplicate matters. At the same time, a promising young Russian singer begins at the Opera's Academy. In the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that of Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest voices of his time. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera. But this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Even though the show must go on at all costs, there is no end of trouble for the new director. Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied jumps ship soon after taking over as director of ballet at Palais Garnier. Preparations for Richard Wagner's six-hour opera Die Meistersinger reunite the company.
A poetic documentary profile of Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, born in 1932. Famous for his round and voluptuous figures, Botero is one of the rare artists to achieve success in his lifetime. Featuring unprecedented access into his creative and personal worlds, this enthusiastic homage to Botero, a private individual and a committed artist, sheds light on his unique artistic process.
FEMMES DES CASERNES is an immersive, gender and genre bending documentary, which delves into the masculine world of firefighting… as lived by five charismatic firewomen. The film follows the work of these women as they devote themselves to a most untraditional pursuit, and showcase two stages in a firefighter’s trajectory: the challenges of newbies who try to get hired by the Montreal Fire Department and life on the force as full-time squad members. For an entirely new kind of chick flick-cinéma vérité style-that lays bare the exciting, dangerous, controversial and untraditional world of women who have chosen to spite prejudice, blaze their own trail, and follow their fiery passion.
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