Naissance d’un musée – Le Louvre Lens
by Alain Fleischer, France 2014, 225'
WRITTEN BY: Alain Fleischer   SOUND: Thomas Rouvilla
SCREENPLAY: Alain Fleischer   PRODUCER: Conseil Régional Nord-Pas de Calais, Le Fresnoy – Studio National
CAMERA: Sylvain Briend   PRODUTION: Le Fresnoy – Studio National
EDITING: Baptiste Évrard   LANGUAGE: French
TEXT: Alain Fleischer    

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2014 

Naissance d’un musée – Le Louvre Lens is a unique experience of the cinematic gaze on the creation story of a new museum that’s inadequate in every way: geographically, historically, museographically and architecturally. The film follows the Louvre Lens story from site selection-- in a region of old coal mines in northern France-- to the first anniversary of its inauguration; an exhaustive cinema project, which explains the unusual length of this extraordinary visual document. 
The film also deals with recent delocalization operations involving cultural institutions in northern France’s Pas de Calais region, such as the Château et Musée de Versailles; and with other examples of the removal of major museums from their original sites, such as the Fondation Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Centre Pompidou in Metz and the Musée du Louvre at Abu Dhabi, in an attempt to understand the circumstances, the logic and the problems correlated to such choices.

Alain Fleischer 
Paris 1944. Writer, director, artist and photographer. He has taught at  various universities, film schools and art schools in France and abroad. He is Lauréat at the Académie de France in Rome. He is founder and director of the Le Fresnoy Studio national  des  arts  contemporains.  He has produced over 350 films, including shorts, features, experimental films and documentaries which have been screened at the major international festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno. He has published over 50 books, including novels, stories and studies of photography and film.


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