The Nicolas Philibert Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 27/06/2011
  |  307 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Four documentaries by French filmmaker Nicolas Philibert. 'Nenette' tells the story of a 40-year-old orangutan kept at the Jardins des Plantes zoo in Paris. A star attraction at the zoo, Nenette nevertheless pays little attention to the hordes of visitors who flock to look at her. A mother of four who has outlived three mates, Nenette has lived at the zoo for over 30 years. The film shows her going about her daily routines behind glass, revealing her visitors only by their voices and as shadowy reflections in the glass. The award-winning film 'Etre et Avoir' (2002) charts the events within a small single-class village primary school in the Auvergne region of France over the course of one academic year. A dozen children aged 4-10 are brought together each day in a rural classroom and taught all their subjects by a single teacher, Monsieur Georges Lopez. A master of quiet authority, he patiently navigates the children towards adolesence, cooling down their arguments and listening to their problems, while trying to balance the varying needs of the disparate age groups for whom he must provide. Philibert goes behind the scenes of one of the world's most famous museums in 'La Ville Louvre' (1990), a documentary about the Louvre in Paris. The film charts the extensive renovations that took place at the Louvre in the late 1980s, when the now-famous glass pyramid was added to the classic buildings. 'Un Animal, Des Animaux' (1996) charts the renovations of the zoological gallery of France's Natural History Museum, which was closed to the public for over 25 years before reopening in the mid-1990s.