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FRANCE 5

#JR (first 3 minutes)

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(2018)
Documentary / 52 mn / France 5

 

 

The amazing story of the french "artivist" J.R, whose spectacular interventions are humanist, pacifist.

 

Review in "Les Echos" by Michèle Warnet :

 

"The artist JR covers the walls of the world with his oversized black and white prints, but at the same time his identity is hidden behind the screen of his black glasses. A documentary broadcast by France 5 on Sunday 25 February tries to unravel the mystery of its worldwide success as much as the reticence it arouses.

JR, is both visible everywhere and nowhere! A contemporary artist who came from street art, he has since the early 2000s traced a unique and new path in this field by covering the walls of cities with giant portraits. A master in the art of global digital communication as well as in the art of protecting his private sphere - even his own name - his silhouette with an Italian hat and dark glasses seduces as much as it annoys.

Serge July and Antoine de Gaudemar, former road companions at the head of the newspaper Libération, have undertaken, with Daniel Ablin directing, to unravel the mystery of this phenomenon in a 52-minute film for France 5. Of an effective and highly journalistic construction, the film reviews the history of JR, punctuated by analyses of personalities from the art world, historians, museum or magazine directors and sociologists.

The one of the President of the Palais de Tokyo immediately raises the issue. "JR is one of the most famous artists in the world and one of the most disliked by the art world," says Jean de Loisy, who last year exhibited in Paris a huge 150 m2 collage depicting the inhabitants of a city in Clichy-Montfermeil. The film opens with the inauguration by François Hollande, four months before the presidential alternation, before the work returns to its cradle, transforming the bottom of the buildings into a joyful village square.

From Havana to the favelas, via Ellis Island or Palestine, JR brings out the immense faces of the invisible on the walls. His displays create a link, we move to see them, we photograph them - a lot -, we talk about them, we laugh about them or we argue in front of them. An initiative initiated in 2004 in the city of Les Bosquets de Montfermeil with his friend Ladj Ly. "That's when I understood the power of art," explains JR in the documentary.

Solar" character

Nothing can resist this "solar" character, as Daniel Ablin calls him. In fact, he is at the top. The one of cities, as the film shows at the beginning with a slow dive on Manhattan, and the one of notoriety. Not so much in France, however, where "the weight of artistic institutions" that Serge July deplores keeps him out of the spotlight. Poster designer, photographer, performer... Moreover, JR is unclassifiable, and some street artists don't forgive him for that.

Clivant, jealous, JR "is someone who swallows the world, he is elusive" comments Serge July. He continues to cover (free of charge) the walls of the globe with his empathetic and political works, thanks to the 2% of art sales activity he carries out in the gallery. As for his film "Faces, Villages", co-directed with Agnès Varda, it is competing for the Oscar for the best documentary to be unveiled on March 4.

 At 35 years old, JR is more than an artist, he is a media - if we take into account the scope of his actions. Let's meet on Sunday morning for the broadcast of this good documentary on France 5, which we regret, however, that the female voiceover is not more on the depth than on the ridge. And for the very mobile, the too busy or jet-lagged, there is still the replay."

 

 https://www.lesechos.fr/week-end/culture/expositions/0301340289917-photo-jr-lhomme-qui-donne-des-visages-aux-murs-2156170.php#xtor=CS1-31#B75ZdVY4EZQbq7ZY.01

 


A film by

Serge JULY

Daniel ABLIN

 

Written by

Serge JULY & Antoine de GAUDEMAR

 

Artistique consultant

Magda DANYSZ

 

With (in order of appearance) :

 

Jean de LOISY

JR

Fabrice BOUSTEAU

Emile ABINAL

Laurent LE BON

Dominique WOLTON

Ladj LY

Magda DANYSZ

Agnès VARDA

 

 

Voic over by

Cécile COMBES

 

Original music

Thomas VEROVSKI

Des Mesures Productions

 

Additionnal music

Pierre ABLIN

 

DOP

Eric GENILLIER

Lucas MILLARD

 

Sound engeneers

Denis LEPEUT

Guillaume VALEIX

 

Montage

Isabelle MARTIN

 

Assistants monteur

Robin GAUSSÉ

Quentin REMY

 

Sound editing

Vincent HAZARD

 

Mixing

Julien ALVES

 

Color garding

Éric SALLERON

 

Motion design

Robin GAUSSÉ

 

Musician

Thomas VEROVSKI

 

Line producer

Damien MAURA

 

Production assistants

Marlène DIONNET

Alice REDON

 

Assistant de production adjoint

Jean DAUPTAIN

 

Documentaliste

Barbara SCHÖLNBERGER

 

Administrateurs de production

Carine TAVER

Experts Wilson

 

Moyens techniques

Loca Images, Keep In News, Video Plus

Avidia, Nice Fellow

 

Documents d’archives

 

Fonds JR

"Les Bosquets"

"The Beginnings"

"Face 2 Face"

"Inside Out - the movie"

"Wrinckles of the City – La Havana"

"Wrinckles of The City - Istanbul"

“Ellis“

Photographies

 

Ciné-Tamaris

"Visages Villages", Film de JR et Agnès Varda, 2017

 

Institut National de l’Audiovisuel

INA, "Hollande inaugure une fresque à Clichy-Montfermeil"

France 2, "journal de 20h, Clichy-sous-Bois/factuel Nuit"

France 3, "JT midi Paris Ile-de-France. Les Bosquets : exposition sauvage photos gênantes"

France 3, "19/20 Edition Nationale, Projet artistique et Favelas de Rio"

 

Avec l’aimable autorisation d’Estelle Ghouzi, P.Prod

A.U.Z, Active Zone Urbain, France 5

 

Avec l’aimable autorisation de Blackpills

« Chroniques de Clichy Montfermeil »

 

Pond 5

Images fournies par VIAFilms, logoboom, SpotmatikBlueSkyAerials, Felixmizioznikov, topiary, VUSschneider

 

 

Tous droits réservés

 

Remerciements

 

Rosalie VARDA, Emile ABINAL, Marc AZOULAY, Maud MALFETTES, Lisa TRUCHASSOUT, Leslie LECHEVALLIER au Musée Picasso,

Dolores GONZALEZ et Hugo VITRANI au Palais de Tokyo, Estelle GHOUZI à P.Prod,

Ernest PIGNON-ERNEST, Liu BOLIN, Gaëlle GABILLET et Stéphane VILLARD à Studio GGSV, Stéphane  BISSEUIL, Clémence WOLFF à la Galerie Magda Danysz,

Claude DEGOUTTE, Isabelle VIROT,

FERNAND, L’Association LE MUR, CODEX, Nadège DAUVERGNE, KONNY, Gilbert MAZOUT, SPYR, BANKSY, OS GEMEOS, Shepard FAIREY, Keith HARING, LEVALLET, MISS TIC, CODEX URBANUS, Fred LECHEVALIER, Philippe HERARD, HOPARE, Jérôme  MESNAGER, JANA & JS, 13Bis, FAILE, PICHI & AVO, WOFS BAT GASH, Kitsa et Lala SAIDKO, RETRO, Vincent BRUNO, MANYOLY, EVAZESIR (No Rules Corp), ZSCAPE et KANOS, LMDACR, HNRX

John McINNES à Save Ellis Island,

Jean Marc DEMMER à Eight VFX, Restaurant San Ambroes à New York, Café Beaubourg à Paris

 

 

Une production

 

FOLAMOUR

Marie GENIN

 

 

Avec le soutien

du Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée

 

 

Avec la participation de France Télévisions

 

Presse

Anne-Sophie BRUTTMANN

 

 

Production

Valérie VERDIER-FERRÉ

Chantal POLVEREL

 

Unité Documentaires

Caroline BÉHAR

Anne GOURAUD

Dominique FERRÉ

 

 

© FOLAMOUR – 2018