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Films d'ici (Firm)

Works: 524 works in 935 publications in 7 languages and 12,140 library holdings
Genres: Nonfiction films  Documentary films  History  Animated films  Biographical films  War films  Personal narratives‡vJewish  Interviews  Biography  Drama 
Roles: Producer, prn, Distributor, Publisher, Editor
Classifications: PN1997.5, 956.92044
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Films d'ici (Firm)
Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman( Visual )

29 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An animated motion picture based on events in the director's own life, involving his attempts to both remember and verify his wartime experiences. After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War, Ari attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal. At the end of the animated film is a very short segment of the film that shows live footage of war casualties
Être et avoir = To be and to have by Nicolas Philibert( Visual )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in French and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film chronicles a year in the life of a one-room schoolhouse in rural France, presided over by Georges Lopez, a devoted teacher responsible for nurturing a dozen children ages 3-11. The film sees the teacher as artist, and presents teaching as a form of love. Because along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, the children learn about what we think of as the basic values of civilization: reason, tolerance, learning, cooperation, and comradeship. In one year, one dedicated teacher, sensitive to children's educational and emotional needs, exemplifies the importance of an abiding faith in children, and in education as a vocation
Fuocoammare = Fire at sea by Gianfranco Rossi( Visual )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in Italian and English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuele is twelve years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, and loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women, and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last twenty years in search of freedom
La batalla de Chile : la lucha de un pueblo sin armas = The battle of Chile : the struggle of an unarmed people( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La batalla de Chile : "On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically-elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army. Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that day. The bombing of the Presidential Palace, during which Allende died, would now become the ending for Guzmán's seminal documentary ... [a] chronicle of that country's open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it."--Container
In the land of the deaf = Le pays des sourds by Nicolas Philibert( Visual )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in French and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary that takes the viewer into the land of the deaf, a world of silence inhabited by an estimated 130 million people worldwide. The filmmaker portrays the difficulties and joys of being deaf, offering portraits of a charismatic sign language teacher, a woman forced into a mental ward as a teen, a young man who remembers the first horrifying experience of using a hearing aid, and a deaf couple's marriage
Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud Des Pallières( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael Kohlhaas is a loving husband and family man leading a peaceful existence, until a ruthless nobleman steals his horses, setting off a chain of irreversible events. Kohlhaas resorts to extremes after these crimes destroy his livelihood and trust in the law, igniting a rampage through the countryside in his quest for justice
The Pinochet case by Patricio Guzmán( Visual )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the legal case against Augusto Pinochet for crimes against humanity
Bernard Herrmann by Josh Waletzky( Visual )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and Multiple languages and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life and work of Bernard Herrmann who created music for over 50 films. Features interviews with, among others, directors Martin Scorsese and Claude Chabrol, composers David Raksin and Elmer Bernstein, as well as home movies, archival photos and interviews with Herrmann himself
Matisse/Picasso by Philippe Kohly( Visual )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and French and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The program employs archival photos and film clips, stunning images of painting and sculpture, and firsthand recollections of the Picasso and Matisse circles, illuminating the intersecting creative journeys of both artists
El Sicario : room 164 by Gianfranco Rosi( Visual )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in Spanish and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ciudad Juarez hitman known as El Sicario tells of his experiences working for the Mexican drug cartels
La Saline d'Arc et Senans( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the end of the 18th century, Claude Nicolas Ledoux built a monumental new salt factory for the King of France. It was an aesthetic revolution, an innovative industrial site and the structuring core for an ideal city that never came into being
Architectures 3 = Architekturen 3 by Stan Neumann( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by Daniel Liebeskind; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent designed by Le Corbusier; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera; and buildings by Antonio Gaudi and Alvar Aalto
Belle toujours by Manoel de Oliveira( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in French and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty-eight years after their last encounter, Henri thinks he sees Severine. He blackmails her into seeing him by threatening to tell her dark secret, and slowly gets revenge on her. A sequel to the 1967 classic Belle de jour
The enigma of sleep( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sleep disorders are little understood although the lives of many people are dramatically affected by them. This fascinating documentary brings us to laboratories in Italy, France, Israel and Switzerland where researchers are trying to untangle the mysterious working of the brain in order to help those who suffer from these disorders. Dr. Peretz Lavie is a sleep researcher and the director of the Technion Sleep Laboratory in Haifa, Israel. His state-of-the-art lab studies 2,000 patients a year, six nights a week. We watch these forlorn, sleep deprived human beings, rigged to scientific instruments, as they try to accomplish in the lab what most people do naturally amidst the comforts of home. Dr. Michel Jouvet in Paris has studied the functions of sleep and dreams for over fifty years. He discusses the interest in dreams going back to early man. One patient we see suffers from narcolepsy; he never knows what activity will be interrupted by a sudden "fall" into sleep. Another is a sleep walker whose life is half dream, half reality. One woman has the only documented case of sleep without REM. The result is that she never has the benefit of a restorative rest. One patient from a family afflicted for generations with a rare, lethal form of insomnia, remembers relatives who didn t sleep for months; their fatigue was catastrophic and incomprehensible. Sleep apnea, when the patient may "forget" to breathe during sleep, is also treated. The documentary gives an understanding of the pain of sleep deprivation, and the extremes to which it may be manifest. Science can treat and cure some sufferers. For others, sleep disturbances remain incurable because even for the doctors in this film, sleep is still very much an enigma
Barakat! = Enough!( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Arabic and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of two women. Emel is a Westerner whose husband, a journalist, is missing - perhaps kidnapped or even killed. Khadija is an older woman who has lived through the country's decades-long struggle. Together they search for Emel's husband
Chile, obstinate memory( Visual )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in Spanish and English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was supposed to have been his wedding day-September 11, 1973-but instead Juan almost lost his life trying to defend President Salvador Allende against the troops of General Augusto Pinochet. After decades in exile. Guzmán has returned home with a copy of The Battle of Chile, his landmark trilogy of films on the Allende years-banned by the Pinochet regime and never seen in Chile. Guzmán shows the films to Juan and other old friends, and to a group of young Chileans who have grown up under years of official censorship
La Ville Louvre by Nicolas Philibert( Visual )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in French and English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This spellbinding behind the scenes look at the world's greatest art museum reveals a secret world of private chambers, miles of underground passages and vast reserves containing thousands of priceless paintings, sculptures and objects. The Louvre is a universe in itself - a city within a city, with more than a thousand people working there: guards, conservators, restorers, carpenters and gilders, as well as gardeners, electricians, sound technicians and chefs. A city that lives according to ist very own rhythm ..."--Distributor's website
Every little thing by Nicolas Philibert( Visual )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in French and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The protagonists in this film are the patients and staff at the La Borde psychiatric institute in France. Each summer they perform a play on a stage set in the beautiful grounds of the chateau. The film charts the passage of this magical event and allows the viewer a glimpse at life in one of the world's most highly regarded psychiatric institutions
The Hollywood sound( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pays tribute to the composers who defined this distinctive musical style, with its roots planted firmly in 19th century classical music: Max Steiner, Alfred Newman, Erich Korngold, Franz Waxman, David Raksin and Dimitri Tiomkin. Features John Mauceri leading the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a tribute to Hollywood's best loved scores, including Gone with the wind, Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, How green was my valley, Red river and Laura. Includes film clips from films like The bride of Frankenstein, The half naked truth, The Palm Beach story, The informer, The hunchback of Notre Dame, and Johnny Belinda
Artaud by Jérôme Prieur( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in French and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) remains one of the most influential figures in 20th century art, theatre, and cinema. His influence is evident in the works of such theatre luminaries as Jean Genet and Peter Brook, and extends into the world of rock 'n' roll through artists like Jim Morrison and Patti Smith. This amazing collection sheds light on the enigmatic genius who penned some of theatre's most sacred texts, in addition to starring in early classics of world cinema. En Compagnie d'Antonin Artaud is a drama based on the diaries of Jacques Prevel, a poet who befriended Artaud in 1946 when he was released from an insane asylum. In La Véritable histoire d'Artaud le Mômo, Artaud's friends and colleagues provide moving and extraordinary eyewitness testimony to his final years. The bonus short, Jacques Prevel, de colère et de haine, is a documentary portrait of the poet Jacques Prevel, a very close disciple of Artaud, based on the accounts of those close to him
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Audience level: 0.35 (from 0.17 for La Saline ... to 0.51 for Chile, obs ...)

Waltz with Bashir
Être et avoir = To be and to have
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