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Jean-Noël Cristiani

Jean-Noël Cristiani



French Director

While studying philosophy with Jean-François Lyotard at the University of Paris X, Jean-Noël Cristiani used to visit the Cinémathèque française daily. In 1968, he studied cinema with Jean Rouch at the University of Paris X. In 1973, he became a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sorbonne Paris V. In 1976, Le Silence des organes, his first feature film, was released. It is a reflection that he elaborated during his research in philosophy and in modern medicine. After this first film, he dedicated his life to documentary films.

In 1980, he participated in the creation of the Ateliers Varan and was involved as a trainer in several workshops in Romania, Georgia, Serbia, Kenya and Egypt. In 2010, he launched a Varan workshop in Corsica, which has taken place every year since. Films on particle physics alternate with films on musicians such as Max Roach, or on writers like Karen Blixen, Mika Waltari, Edouard Glissant, Maurice Chappaz… In 1987, after the making of a short film untitled Une exposition de Soulages, the painter asked Jean-Noël Cristiani to follow him in the creation of stained glass windows in the abbey of Conques. The shooting of this film lasted seven years. Awarded several times internationally, Les Vitraux de Soulages is followed by other films with the painter.

Le Marcheur, released in 2009, emphasizes the images that come from walking. He continues to explore this field with sketches of Turner's walks.



Le Peintre du rien

documentaire, France (en cours)

Naissance d'un Musée

documentaire, France, 2014, 60'

Le Marcheur

France, documentaire, 2009, 35'

Sélection internationale Cinéma du Réel, Paris ; Festival de Santiago du Chili ; Corsica Doc, Ajaccio

Soulages, le noir et la lumière

documentaire, France, 2008, 52'

Maurice Chappaz

documentaire, France, 2001, 50' et 13'

collection "Les Hommes Livres" dirigée par Jérôme Prieur

Pierre Soulages au Louvre

documentaire, France, 2001, 26'

Max Roach

documentaire, France, 1997, 55'

Karen Blixen

documentaire, France, 1995, 45'

FIPA, Biarritz, 1996

Les Vitraux de Soulages

documentaire, France, 1994, 50'

Prix Rodin, Festival du Film d'Art, Paris, 1994 ; Prix Genèse d'une Oeuvre d'Art, Festival du Film d'Art, Montréal, 1995

Edouard Glissant

documentaire, France, 1994, 50'

collection "Les Hommes-livres" dirigée par Jérôme Prieur

Le grand collisionneur

documentaire, France, 1992, 50'

Une exposition de Soulages

documentaire, France, 1987, 5'

Festival du Film d'Art de Montréal, 1988 ; Festival International du Film sur l'Art, Asolo, 1991

Normands, Barbares et Bâtisseurs

documentaire, France, 1979, 13' et 22'

33e Festival de Cannes, 1980 ; Grand prix de la Réalisation Sonore à la Biennale Internationale du Film d'Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1980 ; Sélectionné aux Césars, France, 1980 ; Grand Prix de la ville de Bordeaux au Festival International du Film d'Architecture, 1981

Monsieur Poladian en Habits de Ville

documentaire, France, 1977, 13'

Collection de l'art brut, Lausanne ; American Folk Art Museum, New-York

Le Silence des organes

documentaire, France 1974

1976, 59'

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