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The Paris Opera (L'Opéra)

Directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron
110 minutes
France, Switzerland. 2017. In French and English with English subtitles.
With Benjamin Millepied, Stéphane Lissner, Philippe Jordan, Bryn Terfel, Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti, Gerald Finley

“THE PARIS OPERA is an immersion film, it plunges us into the mazes of an institution that one will never leave; we then think of the approach of Frederick Wiseman... It [THE PARIS OPERA] is an enchanting, captivating journey, often stunning by what it reveals us, to the discovery of an unknown world. Thanks to Jean - Stéphane Bron, we are here where we cannot normally be behind the scenes .”
– Stephane Gobbo, Le Temps

Autumn 2015. At the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season withSchönberg's Moses and Aaron. But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting rolecomplicate matters. At the same time, a promising young Russian singer begins at the Opera's Academy. In the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that of Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest voices of his time. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera. But this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Even though the show must go on at all costs, there is no end of trouble for the new director. Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied jumps ship soon after taking over as director of ballet at Palais Garnier. Preparations for Richard Wagner's six-hour opera Die Meistersinger reunite the company.

Preceded by the short film "Bonboné".

Official Trailer


Select Festivals

- 2017 Rendezvous with French Cinema, New York – World Premiere
- 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival
- 2017 COLCOA French Film Festival
- 2017 Louisiana International Film Festival

About the Film's Director

Writer-actor-director Jean-Stéphane Bron, who is mainly a director of documentary films (his first narrative film was the 2006 drama Mon frère se marie) was born in 1969 in Lausanne. He graduated from the School of Fine and Applied Arts of Lausanne (ECAL). In 2013, Bron directed L'Expérience Blocher, a portrait of the controversial Swiss nationalist-populist leader Christoph Blocher, which premiered in Locarno that year, and in 2010, his film Cleveland vs. Wall Street premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight. He has been nominated for a César for Best Documentary and has won the Swiss Film Award twice. Bron is a co-founder of the Swiss production company Bande A Part Films, together with Ursula Meier, Frédéric Mermoud and Lionel Baier.


Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 at 8:45 PM
Central Valley Premiere

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton

Documentary Feature Film

Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron
Producers: Philippe Martin, David Thion
Cinematographer: Blaise Harrison
Editor: J
ulie Lena

Permission: Film Movement

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