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Music on the screen

Fête de la musique, juin 2024

10 films

On the occasion of the Fête de la Musique on June 21st, explore a selection of films on music and dance, contemporary and classical.

Music on the screen
  • Comedy-drama, Biopic
  • 2022
  • France
  • 1h50
by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

Classical symphonic music is everything for 17-year-old Zahia Ziouani and her twin sister, Fettouma. Nevertheless, living in underprivileged Parisian suburbs in 1995 with their Algerian background, they struggle arduously to approach their dreams – becoming an orchestra conductor and a cellist. Driven by determination, passion, and courage, they create their own orchestra, Divertimento. It will be a game-changer. DIVERTIMENTO is inspired by the life of Zahia Ziouani, one of the few worldwide renown female conductors.

  • Musical comedy, Comedy-drama, Biopic
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h42
by Audrey Estrougo

France, early nineties. As the violence escalades between police and youth in the city projects, hip hop culture spreads as the best mean to express revolt. Two boys, JoeyStarr and Kool Shen, become the voice of a generation and the biggest French rap group ever: Suprême NTM.

  • Comedy-drama
  • 2021
  • France
  • 2h00
by Cédric Klapisch

Élise thought she had the perfect life: an ideal boyfriend and a promising career as a ballet dancer. It all falls apart the day she catches him cheating on her; and after she suffers an injury on stage, it seems like she might not be able to dance again. The path to physical and emotional recovery will lead her away from Paris to a picturesque location in Brittany – where her friends, a new love and the freedom of contemporary dance will help her reconnect with her father and most importantly, herself. A heartwarming and inspiring story that tells us how sometimes, the worst thing that could happen may turn out to be the best.

  • Drama
  • 2021
  • France, Morocco, Belgium
  • 2h00
by Ismaël El Iraki

In hellish Casablanca, the burning love story between has-been rocker Larsen and the streetwise amazon Rajae sets ablaze a crazy Moroccan underworld in this story of passion, trauma and rock n’ roll.

  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h50
by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai

In the middle of Paris, young people are trained to become professional dancers and, at the same time, they are prepared for their A levels. That's the deal. The training motivates, strengthens and allows the students to surpass themselves, including overcoming setbacks. Everyone brings his or her own story: complex family relationships, problems in the social environment and in school. Through dance, the students learn to translate their experiences into physical energy. The intimately immersive camera interweaves explosive movement with moments of reflection. There are injuries and deficits, but also hopes, dreams and inner transformations.

  • Comedy
  • 2022
  • France
  • 1h50
by Michel Leclerc

Marcia, a passionate young singer, is recording an album with her idol Daredjane, a rock icon of the 1970s, who suddenly disappears. To release their album she must convince Daredjane’s heir, Anthony, a small-town market vendor who has never liked his distant relative, let alone his music. Their two worlds clash between good and bad taste, popular and chic, sincerity and lies. Unless love happens, of course…

  • Comedy-drama
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h38
by Vincent Maël Cardona

Brittany, 1980s. A bunch of friends yearning for excitement broadcast a free radio station from their hometown in the countryside. Jerome leads it with unique charisma while Philippe, the technical genius, lives in the shadow of Jerome, his big brother. When called for the military service, Philippe has no choice but to leave for West Berlin. He’s determined to keep on broadcasting, but realizes that he just lived the last glorious moments of a world on the verge of extinction.

  • Musical comedy
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h48
by Philippe Béziat

This is a premiere for 30 dancers of hip-hop, krump, break, voguing... A first for the director Clément Cogitore and for the choreographer Bintou Dembélé. And a first for the Paris’ Opera Bastille. By bringing together urban dance and opera singing, they reinvent Jean-Philippe Rameau's baroque masterpiece, Les Indes Galantes. From rehearsals to public performances, it is a human adventure and a meeting of political realities that we follow: can a new generation of artists storm the Bastille today?

  • Biopic
  • 2017
  • France
  • 1h37
by Mathieu Amalric

An actress will play Barbara, the French singer. The shoot will soon start. The actress works on her character, her voice, the songs, scores, the gestures, knitting, scenes she has to learn, things are going okay, there's progress, development, she is even overwhelmed. The film director also works, through his encounters, through archives, music, he let's himself be submerged, overwhelmed like the actress, by the actress.

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