May 24, 2022

the art film festival returns to the museum and online

Each year, the International Days of Films on Art (JIFA) offer meetings, exhibitions, conferences and screenings of films dealing with art. From Friday January 21 to Sunday January 30, discover the links that unite films and art through a varied program.

From Friday, the heart of the Louvre will beat to the rhythm of the 7th art. Alain Fleischer, filmmaker, visual artist, writer and director of the Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains, is the guest of the 15th edition of the International Days of Films on Art (JIFA). After a digital 2021 edition, the festival invites you to the museum, at the Michel Laclotte auditorium, from Friday January 21 to Sunday January 30, to discover a selection of around thirty films around themes such as the art under the Occupation or even the links between cinema and archaeology. For those who could not physically go to the Louvre, a slightly reduced section is also offered free of charge online.


Alain Fleischer in the spotlight

The festival will begin with a meeting with Alain Fleischer, who will accompany visitors and spectators in the screenings and discussions. The days from Friday January 21 to Sunday January 23 will be punctuated by the screening of films dealing with cultural places (Birth of a museum: the Louvre-Lens, 2014 ; The Art of Exhibiting: the Condé Museum in Chantilly, 1982) or emblematic artists (Pieces of conversations with Jean-Luc Godard, 2007 ; Pierre Klossowski, where the eternal detour, 1997 ; King Rodin, 2003 ; I found Christian B, 2020, on the personal trajectory of the artist Christian Boltanski), while a visit to the Louvre with the company of Alain Fleischer takes place on Saturday January 22.

A space of exchange to discover art

The selection of films is a non-competitive selection. The ambition of the festival is to discover short and feature films rarely screened by major institutions and to stimulate debate and exchange. This year, the programming supervised by Pascale Raynaud includes two focuses, a tribute, an installation, a selection of films and discussions with their directors.

Still from the film Chu Teh Chun © The Films of the Odyssey Chu Teh Chun Foundation

Portraits of unpublished artists

On January 23 and 28, a special tribute will be paid to Michel Laclotte, director of the Louvre Museum from 1987 to 1994, who died last summer. The Grand Gallery of the Louvre (1989), The imaginary Louvre (1993) and The great interviews: Charles Sterling, a hunter in the medieval night (1990) celebrate the Louvre through unusual and mysterious looks. From January 26 to 30, the festival will ask what it means to be an artist, through unpublished portraits of contemporary artists who are often actors in their films: urban dance (gallant indies, 2021), history of dance (Good Boy, story of a solo, 2020), artistic creation put to the test of political contexts (Hidden, 2021 ; Dani Caravan, 2021), painting (Chu Teh-Chun, 2020 ; Patrice Giorda, an intimate scenography, 2020).

Photogram Patrice Giorda, intimate scenography © François Catonné

Frame Patrice Giorda, intimate scenography © François Catonne

Thematic reflections

Two focuses will be offered in different themes: “The art market under the Occupation” and “Cinema and archaeology”. The first offers three films to think about the historical reality of spoliation in one of the countries most affected by it: Renoir and the Little Girl with the Blue Ribbon (2019), The art market under the Occupation (2021) and A Collection of Art and Blood – The Goering Catalog (2020). The second focus “Cinema and archaeology” considers cinema and the filmmaker through the prism of archaeological methods and theories: Wild Girl (2021), Noevus (2016), Tales of a Sea Cow (2012) and The Mirror of Diana (1996). Great discoveries in perspective.

Given the health situation, it will be a hybrid program, with screenings in the room coupled with an online broadcast from the day of their broadcast in the auditorium, until February 6 in replay. All Jifa films will be streamed online except: Gallant Indies, Hidden, Renoir and the Little Girl with the Blue Ribbon, A collection of art and blood, The Mirror of Diana, The Village Detective.

Practical information

– Price: €4 per session. Free for Les Amis du Louvre, Clef+/Louvre professional card members, people under 26, students of art, art history, architecture; Free for online sessions.
– Reservation of a compulsory time slot online on the Louvre website
– The museum requires the presentation of a health pass for people over 12 years old as well as the wearing of a mask from 6 years old

Photogram “Mount Fuji seen from a moving train” © Pierre Hébert

Photogram “Mount Fuji seen from a moving train” © Pierre Hébert