The Grand Prize winner was La Collection qui n’existait pas(lien externe) (Joachim Olender). A highlight was Un homme de danse(lien externe), capturing the career of Vincent Warren, principal dancer with the Grands Ballets Canadiens for 20 years.

Many films were shown twice - some even three times - which meant some viewers were lucky: Many seatings were sold out, and most were packed. My favourite was the David Hockney(lien externe) film, an in-depth study of the British artist renowned for his love of colour and his unerring sense of line.

It was fun to learn that his famous blonde locks were the result of a Clairol ad, proclaiming that ‘blondes have more fun’, at which point he rushed out and dyed his hair. Totally curious, he investigated techniques as well as subjects for his witty designs, inspired by his inimitable way of ‘seeing things’, his irreverent wit and the colours of LA.

The film Villa Medici – The Ark of Beauty(lien externe) revealed that in 1803 Napoleon moved the French Academy to this beautiful building in Rome once owned by Cardinal Ferdinand de Medici. Confiscated by Mussolini from 1941-45 it is now owned by the French Ministry of Culture and the French state.

 
La collection qui n'existait pas, by Joachim Olender
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Un homme de danse, by Marie Brodeur
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Hockney, by Randall Wright
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Villa Medici – The Ark of Beauty/L'arca della bellezza, by Ceccarelli Luigi Giuliano
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