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The Yupik ProphecyThe Enigma Of The Great Menhir The Passion Of PlanaltinaBrother Sylvestre, Saint and SorcererPeoples Of The RingThe Carnival Of Kwen68 non-stopSweating In BahiaShort Plays From Africa

princesseportraitThe Yupik Prophecy – documentaire 52 minutes – 4K – 2017

Written and directed by Dmitry Trakovsky & Paloma Veinstein
Music : Paul Tyan
Nature & Environment

Synopsis

«The weather will change along with the people.»

Decades before scientists recognized the looming dangers of climate change, the elders of one of Alaska’s indigenous groups, the Yupik people, shared a profound warning with their children. « When the world changes », they said, « the weather will change along with the people ».

Over fifty years later, the impact of climate change on Alaska’s environment and population is becoming more and more visible. The Central Alaskan Yupik people, who have retained their native language and culture despite centuries of Russian and American influence, now face their toughest challenge yet. How will this society, which is so close to nature, adapt to the changing natural landscape around them?

By following hunters, fishermen, dog mushers, pilots, and politicians, we discover a new face of Alaska, one marked by the thaw of the land and the voice of a culture in peril.

Does their experience prefigure our own global future?

Coproduction FHF / French Connection Films (France) & Trakovky Film (USA), with the support of M-Media / Cinefeel and CNC.
International Sales Beliane 
Berlinale Talents 2017: the composer Paul Tyan talks about the creation of the original music of « The Prophecy »
Une coproduction M-Media / Fred Hilgemann Films / French Connection Films (France) & Trakovsky Film (USA), avec le soutien du CNC.

The Enigma Of The Great Menhir – documentary 52 minutes 2016

Grand Prix at Narbonne Archaeology IFF 2016 (France) – Best archaeological film at Athens IFF 2016 (Greece) – Best cinematography at Arkhaios IFF 2016 (USA).
Fields: Science & Knowledge

Synopsis

Seven thousand years ago, peoples living on the Atlantic shores erected thousands of gigantic stones in Western Europe. A millennium before the first cuneiform alphabets of Mesopotamia or Egyptian hieroglyphics, they engraved stylized signs that has long remained a mystery. From the beginning of the 2010s, an international team of archaeologists led by France’s Serge Cassen, has been able to decipher this original language, shared by all the Atlantic cultures during the Neolithic. Based on new techniques of aerial and underwater surveys, as well as on spectacular 3D reconstructions, this discovery changes our look on European Prehistory forever. Between history and myth, the megalithic monuments now tell us an ancient story, that stretches back to the roots of all Atlantic cultures : the epic expressions of the first sailors conquering the Ocean…
Broadcasting France 5 / France 3 Nord Ouest / Tébéo / Tébésud / TVR – Distribution Beliane
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Technical info

Documentary / 52 minutes / HD / France 2016
Written & directed par Marie-Anne Sorba & Jean-Marc Cazenave
Production: Fred Hilgemann Films (France)
Coproduction: France Télévisions (France 5 / France 3 Nord-Ouest), Tebeo, Tebesud, TVR with the support of the CNC, PROCIREP-ANGOA, Morbihan District, National Monuments Center & Nantes National School of Architecture (France).
Original language: French
Photography: Olivier Barbier / Antoine Vidaling / Alain Auzer / Jean-Marc Cazenave
Sound: Emmanuelle Sabouraud
Editing: Estelle Landi

Music : Christian Obeltz / Mhéni Amazouz /Eric Lavallade
3D Creation:  Laurent Lescop and Valentin Grimaud
Scientific advisor: Serge Cassen (CNRS-University of Nantes)

Festivals

National Days of Archaeology June 17th 2016 (France)
Clermont-Ferrand Archaeology Film Festival 2016 June 15th, 18th et 19th (France)
Amiens International Archaeology Film Festival March 19th 2016
Coming soon: AGON 2016 (Athens), Rassegna internazionale de cinema arqueologico de Rovereto 2016 (Italy), Arkhaios 2016 (USA).

TV broadcasts

France 5 / France 3 Nord-Ouest (Bretagne, Pays de la Loire) 2016
Tebeo, Tebesud, TVR 2017

NaexusGM

Based on recent archaeological discoveries and 3D reconstitutions, this short film was especially created by FHF for the experimental panoramic screen called Naexus 2.0. Named after Star Trek serial’s mysterious magnetic field due to its spheric structure the 5.1 screen was designed by Nantes National School of Architecture (France), with the former collaboration of Dessau Bahaus University (Germany). Presented with Naexus 2.0 by the District of Morbihan to the 2015 Innovative SHS Exhibition to the Cité des Sciences (Paris) as a tool for the enhancement of the archaeological heritage, “The Missing Stele” has already been seen by more than 100,000 persons during events such as sailing races (Spi Ouest-France) and days of Archaeology.

 

The Passion Of Planaltina – documentary 52 minutes 2013

Fields: Discovery / Religion & Society

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Holy Week in Planaltina-DF, Brazil. Saulo (Jesus), Preto (Judas) Paulo (Pilate) and the 1100 actors of the Via Sacra are about to replay the last moments of Jesus Christ’s life in front of up 200,000 perSounds on the slopes of the Mount of the Chapel. Created by the former priest of Planaltina in 1973, this cultural event in now part of the Brazilian national heritage. From the performance to the backstage, following the main characters in their daily life and at work, we discover a society where men are led to the future by the power of dream and faith.

Technical info

Documentary / 52 minutes / HD / France 2013
Written & directed par Marie-Anne Sorba
Production: Fred Hilgemann Films (France)
Coproduction: KTO TV (France),with the support of the CNC
Original language: Portuguese (Brazil) STF / ST ENG
Photography: Olivier Barbier
Sound: Pierre-Luc Cassier
Editing: Jean-Marc Cazenave

Festivals

Farel Prize 2014 (in competition), Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
Bobines du Sacré, Lyon 2014 (France)
Religion Today 2013 (in competition), Trento (Italy)

TV broadcasts

RTS (Switzerland) 2015
KTO (France) 2013-2015

Brother Sylvestre, Saint And Sorcerer – documentary 52 minutes 2013

Field : Discovery / Religion & Society

Synopsis

Frère Sylvestre, saint et sorcier
Born in an Italian winegrowers family, Brother Sylvestre Pia dedicated 45 years of his life to fight against poverty in Burkina Faso – Western Africa. Died at 83 in the village of Goundi, he is the only foreigner who received National funeral folllowing the rites of Mossi tribe. Ten years later, Charles, the director of the film, comes back to Goundi where he had met Sylvestre in 1975 and understands that today, is considered as a figure in the history of Burkina in the twentieth century and many, in Africa and Europe, consider that he is a saint.

Technical info

Documentary / 52 minutes / HD
France, Italie, Burkina Faso 2013
Written & directed by Charles-H. de Brantes & Jean-Marc Cazenave
Voix off : Michael Lonsdale
Production: Fred Hilgemann Films & KTO TV (France) TV2000 (Italy), RTB/TNB (Burkina Faso), with the support of CNC, PROCIREP & ANGOA
Original language : French
Photography: Olivier Barbier
Sound: Pierre-Luc Cassier
Editing: Estelle Manetta-Laubry

Festivals

Africadocs 2013, Porto Novo (Benin)
Rabat International Film Festival 2013 (Morocco)
FESPACO 2013, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Cannes International PanAfrican Film Festival 2013 (France)

TV broadcasts

KTO (France) 2013-2015
TV2000 (Italy) 2013-2015
RTB (Burkina Faso) 2014

Peoples Of The Ring – documentary 52 minutes 2011

Award BEST USE OF ETHNOGRAPHY @ The Archaeology Channel – TAC International Film & Video Festival 2014 (USA)
Fields: Science & Knowledge

Synopsis

Seven thousands years ago, in the Breton peninsula, men of the Neolithic carved ​​thousands of rings out of greenstones. Some of those rings were made of from jade, which is an extremely rare. Those have been found in the tombs of the highest dignitaries of the megalithic civilisation in the fifth millennium. What did those precious rings meant for the people who wore them? To better understand the symbolic values ​​of the ring during Prehistory, the archaeologist Ivan Pailler undertakes a survey from the Ancient Brittany to  contemporary Africa, exploring all meanings of this cult-object.

Technical info

Documentary / 55 min / France / 2011
Written & Directed by Marie-Anne Sorba & Jean-Marc Cazenave
Production: EKLA Production & Pôle TV Bretagne with the support of CNC, Procirep & Angoa Distribution: Fred Hilgemann Films
Original language: French
Image: Olivier Barbier & Jean-Marc Cazenave

Editing: Marie-Anne Sorba & Jean-Marc Cazenave
Music: M. Amazouz, E. Lavallade, Ch. Obeltz

Festivals

Archaeology International Film & Video Festival, Eugene, OR 2014 (USA)
Festival international de cinéma archéologique de Rovereto 2013 (Italie) – en compétition
Festival des Cultures du monde de Gannat 2013
Festival Parisciences 2012

TV broadcasts

TVR / Tébéo / Tébésud 2011-2015

The Carnival Of Kwen – documentary 52 minutes 2009

Field: Discovery / Science & Knowledge

Synopsis

Every two years, the farmers of the African village of Kwen, Burkina Faso, organize a strange Carnival. Over three days and nights, the locals dress up as the officials of the nation – the President, Prime Minister, Ministers of Justice, Security and Agriculture, the King and Queen. The young farmers act out their country’s political leaders on stage. The plots are quasi-Shakespearian, but close to African realities…

Technical info

Documentary / 54 min / 2009
Direction: Fred Hilgemann
Voice over: Philippe Caubère
Production: EKLA Production & RFO, with the support of CNC, PROCIREP & ANGOA
Distribution: Fred Hilgeman Films
Original language: French
Image: Jean-Marc Cazenave
Sound: Pascal Bricard
Editing: Hélène Crouzillat

Festivals

MyFrenchFilmFestival.com 2016

Ljubjana Ethnographical Days 2011 (Slovenia)
Quebec International Ethnographical Film Festival 2011 (Canada)
International Film Festival of Africa and Isles 2010 (France, La Reunion Island)
Los Angeles International Panafrican Film Festival 2010 (USA)
A Nous de Voir – Science & Cinema 2009 (France).
Cannes PanAfrican International Film Festival 2009 (France)

TV broascasts

RAI3 (Italy) 2011-2014
Première (France Télévisions) 2011-2013
France Ô (France Télévisions) 2009-2013

68 non-stop – documentary 52 minutes 2008

Synopsis

In 2008, French commemorate May 1968 as a major event of their recent history. Some remember the students’ rebellion against authority, some prefer to celebrating the social and cultural consequences of the movement. Most of them omit the political meaning of this event: a quentessentially French idea called “Revolution”. But 40 years later, the heirs of May 68 keep on thinking that they can build another world, a world of social justice.


Technical info

Documentary / 56 min / France / 2008
Direction: Fred Hilgemann
Production: Les Films Grain De Sable & LCP /Assemblée Nationale, avec le soutien du CNC
With: Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaïd, Olivier Besancenot, Philippe Caubère, Annick Coupé, François Cusset, Alain Geismar, Romain Goupil, Philippe Julien, Pierre Juquin, Alain Krivine, Arlette Laguiller, Charles Piaget, Edwy Plenel, Ignacio Ramonet, Pierre Rousset et Henri Weber.
Original language: French
Image: Jean-Marc Cazenave
Sound: Pierre-Luc Cassier
Editing: Hélène Crouzillat
Music: Mehni Amazouz, Eric Lavallade et Pascal Bricard

Festivals

Echos d’ici, échos d’ailleurs, sur les traces de Christophe de Ponfilly, 2011 (France).
Festival Resistances 2010 (France).
Presence and Past of French Cinema, Year of France in Brazil 2009 (Recife, Guaranhuns, Goiânia, Brasilia)
Mostra Internacional de Cinema de Sao Paulo (in competition) 2008 (Brazil)

TV broadcasts

LCP / Assemblée nationale (France) 2008-2013

Sweating In Bahia – documentary 52 minutes 2007

Field : Discovery / Sports

Synopsis

A group of French young people practicing capoeira returns to the roots of this martial art in its historical cradle, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Trained by the Brazilian master Aranha in his own Academy, they face the most virtuosos athletes from the feverish academies of the city’s poorest districts, where the children learn discipline, respect and the sense of effort. In the magnificent landscapes of the coast, they discover the Afro-Brazilian culture. More than a sport, capoeira appears to be an education and a celebration.

Technical info

Documentary / 52 minutes / France / 2007
Written & directed by Jean-Marc Cazenave
Production / Distribution: Fred Hilgemann Films
Original language: French
Image: Jean-Marc Cazenave
Editing: Laurence Maestracci

Festivals

Cannes International PanAfrican Film Festival  2007 (France)

TV broadcasts

Télébocal 2012

Short Plays From Africa – documentary 36 minutes 2006

Synopsis

Actors from France, Mali and Burkina Faso build up a theatrical show together, in order to help preventing AIDS in Burkina Faso (Western Africa). Then they go on a tour to meet the farmers from remote villages in the bush.

Documentary / 36 minutes / 2006
Written & directed by M.-A. Sorba & J.-M. Cazenave
Photography : Jean-Marc Cazenave
Sound : Pierre-Luc Cassier
Coproduction : Association Un Forage pour Kwen avec le soutien du Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports (Bourse défi-Jeunes) 2006

TV broadcast

Télébocal 2012