Since the end of the 19th century, the world’s major naval powers have pioneered increasingly powerful fleets of warships. The oceans have become strategic battlegrounds. These ships have been designed to outperform other warships, resist attack and match the firepower of any formidable enemy. But these Clash of the Titians have rarely been captured on film, and the wrecks of some of these defeated giants can lie hundreds of metres below the surface of the ocean. Yet, luckily, some these steel monsters have been given new life as floating museums or teaching ships and can be found all over the globe. They bear witness to the technological advances of their age, the developments made in naval engineering in the 20th century, and the history of war at sea. These floating superstructures are the forebears of our aircraft carriers, battleships and modern destroyers, which still play an important strategic role in global politics today: the command of the sea.
By retracing the history of these legendary ships, this innovative television series, which features previously unseen archive footage as well as photorealistic 3D models in 4K, will immerse the viewer and take them to the heart of the naval battles that made history.
FORMAT: 4 x 52 ’ | 4K
A COLLECTION DIRECTED BY: SERGE TIGNÈRES
IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: WORLD OF WARSHIPS
FRANCE BROADCAST : PLANÈTE+
INTERNATIONAL SALES: KWANZA
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHARKSDIRECTED BY ALEXIS BARBIER-BOUVET | DIDIER NOIROT
They hunt, gather in groups, have manic feeding frenzies, and violently attack: sharks are often considered as dangerous killing machines, driven by their primal instinct.
To dispel this image, this film intends to break down these preconceived ideas and reveal the lesser, gentler known aspects of the nature of sharks: delicate, timid, ingenious, harmless…. Sometimes clumsy or unlucky, they too are prey and have to defend themselves against attack. Surviving in the ocean is not as easy as you might think, even for a shark!
Thanks to previously unseen 4K footage, filmed by Didier Noirot, the sharks in this documentary reveal their private side, and certain behaviours for the very first time. This immersion in their private world could well change the way we look at sharks forever.
FORMAT: 43 ’ | 4K
DIRECTED BY: ALEXIS BARBIER-BOUVET | DIDIER NOIROT
IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: ARTE G.E.I.E | SUBIMAGERY PRODUCTIONS |NDR DOCLIGHTS|BIARRITZ OCEAN
FRANCE BROADCAST: CITÉ DE L’OCÉAN DE BIARRITZ
INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD | NDR
INTERNATIONAL SALES: ARTE DISTRIBUTION
Wild in the farmA film by Thierry Robert
A revolution is brewing in the countryside.
Farmers are talking to birds, fraternizing with foxes and badgers, playing host to migrating birds, cohabiting with turtles and bats, welcoming weeds as well as all the unwelcome, unnecessary and supposedly harmful ‘nature’. Across France, hybrid communities are slowly taking shape where farmers, domestic life and wildlife interact and negotiate about each other’s daily needs for the greater benefit of all.
By following the daily routines of tree farms for a whole year, this documentary invites us to discover a little-known aspect of biodiversity, via original and sometimes surprising interactions between wild and domestic animals.
So, what is the message behind these contemporary, funny, moving and optimistic animal fables? The premise for a new society based on a new alliance between man and nature!
DIRECTED BY: THIERRY ROBERT
IN COLLABORATION WITH: STÉPHANE DURAND
IN PRODUCTION WITH: FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS
THE FIREFLIES PROPHECYDIRECTED BY Sarah Del Ben
The reflection of a world
Fireflies have always fascinated man. They are known for their incredible ability to produce light, but it would be misleading to reduce this complex species to just this one simple activity.
It now seems that this tiny and insignificant insect is able to act as an early warning signal as to the state of our planet.
Through an enlightening narrative, which takes us to all four corners of the globe, this film explores the relationship to fireflies that different cultures have, and thus in a broader context, the ambiguous relationship to nature that man has created.
FORMAT: 52’ | 4K
DIRECTED BY: SARAH DEL BEN
SUPER-HEROES, THE SECRET SIDESEASON 2
The Super-Heroes are back
The TV series ‘’SUPER-HEROES, THE SECRET SIDE” offers the portraits of athletes with outstanding skills. The series alternates spectacular footage, which illustrates the ‘’super-powers’’ of our heroes alongside their weaknesses.
Thanks to these dialogues and the experience of the host Arnaud Tortel, this new series is a wake-up call for all of the super heroes who reside in everyone.
FORMAT: 20 x 26 ’ | 4K
DIRECTED BY: WILLIAM JAPHET | THIERRY ROBERT…
THE WEB OF LIFEDIRECTED BY THIERRY ROBERT
The story of the real Spiderman
For over 20 years, one man has been climbing skyscrapers the world over using only his bare hands, and no safety equipment. His unaided climbs often attract huge crowds and are widely reported in the media. But what lies behind this media phenomenon?
Following his ambition to reach the top of the emblematic Burj Al-Arab tower, this film offers the viewer a unique experience of the heights he has to scale, and immerses us in the world of this ‘‘real’’ Spiderman, Alain Robert. From his childhood beginnings to his adult vertiginous ascents, from successes to serious accidents, this is the journey of a resilient man who promised himself that he’d never give up. A rebellious, damaged and yet determined soul.
A child who hoped to make his dreams come true.
FORMAT: 90’ | 4K
WITH: ALAIN ROBERT (L’HOMME ARAIGNÉE)
DIRECTED BY: THIERRY ROBERT
WRITTEN WITH: ALAIN CHOQUART
IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: MONTEBELLO PRODUCTIONS