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The portrait of the painter Jean-Marie Fage by his son, documentarian Luc-Henri. The early years of the painter, from his childhood to his meeting with René Char and Georges Braque, are recounted by the artist, illustrated with numerous unpublished works.


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On the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to him at the Louis Vouland Museum in Avignon, this 26-minute documentary focuses on the early years of the painter.

The man who walks in front of me, valiantly despite his 94 years, is my father. A few years ago, I realized that I didn't really know him. He is a discreet man, immersed in his only passion, painting.

I set up my cameras in his studio for a few unannounced interviews, taking as a pretext this or that painting, according to my visits to the house in Goult that we built with our own hands, and where he has lived for 45 years.

I wanted to know everything about his early years, the birth of his vocation, his apprenticeship as a painter, his meeting with René Char... and questions that I had never dared to ask until then. I especially wanted to know how a young boy, born in 1925 in what was then a small provincial town, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, could have decided to devote his life, at all costs, to painting as a poetic work.

And to discover that, in fact, he had no choice.

Selected in the festivals:

  •     Indie Doc Pro, Barcelona, 2020
  •     Portopviejo Film Festival, Peru, 2021
  •     Serbest International Film Festival, Moldova, 2021
  •     Iconic Image Film Festival, Lithuania, 2021
  •     Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival, Turkey, 2022
  •     SALÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LA LUZ, Bogota, Colombia, 2022

A film written and directed by Luc-Henri Fage - Music by Romain Pradel-Fage - Image and editing by Luc-Henri Fage - Transcription of interviews by Marie-Hélène Meyer - Acknowledgements : Pascale Bougeault - Valérie Capron-Canillas - Muriel Catala - Marie-Claude Char - Ambre Fage - Anne Fage - Gilles Fage - Jean-Marie Fage - Olivier Fage - Michel and Martine Fage - Pierre Gonzalvez - Bernard Marino - Christine Martella - Curators Odile Guichard and Gilles Fage - Produced by Félis Production with the support of the City of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue © Félis Production 2020 - EDV018