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Brancusi, les métamorphoses de la sculpture

Brancusi, les métamorphoses de la sculpture

Alain Fleischer

France | 2023 | 52 min
Available on ARTS.FILM from August 23, 2024

Brancusi, Les métamorphoses de la sculpture by Alain Fleischer will be the last film shot in the former studio of Brancusi, reconstructed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. A film that illustrates the sculptor’s attachment to his native country, Romania, and demonstrates the eminent role he played in the invention of contemporary sculpture, renouncing to be Auguste Rodins assistant with the now famous words: Nothing grows in the shadow of great trees”.
Director Alain Fleischer
Director of Photography Sylvain Briend
Production Olvier Mille Artline Films, Arte France, Centre Pompidou, Le Fresnoy-Studio National Des Arts Contemporains
Production Manager Bertrand Scalabre
Editing Baptiste Evrard
Calibrating Baptiste Evrard
Sound Sébastien Cabour, Christian Cartier, Ivan Gariel, Arno Ledoux
Music Siegfried Canto


Alain Fleischer

Alain Fleischer

Alain Fleischer was born in Paris in 1944 to a Hungarian father and a Franco-Spanish mother. He grew up in a multilingual and multi-accented world. Alain Fleischer taught at the Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (DERCAV, Department of Film and Audiovisual studies) from 1979 to 1985. He gave courses at the Université Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) in 1992 and 1993, and continued on a regular basis until 2013, while leading doctoral seminars and lecturing. In 1975 he was appointed as a professor with tenure at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nice (Villa Arson), and, in 1979 as professor at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Paris-Cergy, in both cases by official competition. He was visiting professor at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles in 1982 – 83. Head of tuition for the first term at Idhec (Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques), the future Fémis (Fondation Européenne des Métiers de l’Image et du Son). Member of several selection juries for art school teachers and for entrance exams to Idhec/​Fémis, he has chaired several juries for the DNSEP (Diplôme National Supérieur d’Études Plastiques).
Holder of grants awarded by the Groupe de Recherche et d’Essais Cinématographiques (GREC-CNC) in 1969 and 1982. Winner of the Villa Medici hors-les-murs (1983) and Léonard de Vinci (1984) grants. Prize-winner at the French Academy in Rome and resident at the Villa Medici from 1985 to 1987. Chosen by the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, from 1987 to 1989. Doctor Honoris Causa of the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). Doctor Honoris Causa of the European Humanities University in Vilnius (Lithuania).
Alain Fleischer was tasked by the French Ministry of Culture with conceiving and steering the project for Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains, which he has directed since its opening in 1997. He is currently overseeing its transformation into StudioLab International, where the visual arts will be studied in conjunction with sciences.
Alain Fleischer is a writer, filmmaker, visual artist and photographer.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
Quelques rendez-vous avec Nadja (2023)
Juifs d’Orient, une histoire multimillénaire (2022)
Patrouille de nuit (2022)
Le ballet des porcelaines (2022)
Les oliviers, pilliers du temps (2021)

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