As a child, Jean Alexis Gabin Moncorgé had two dreams: to become a farmer and to drive trains. But Gabin became an actor and, thanks to the cinema, a worker, lorry driver, boss, cop, gangster, president, deserter, train driver, and so on… And Gabin was to become a farmer. His life blended with the History of France and of the Cinema.
A women dressed in black, alone in front of a black curtain, sings “La mauvaise prière”. Her distinction, her tragic poses, her statuesque beauty, set a new style for the realistic song: The Tragedy. She is the first performer to make a song into a total show by a play of lights and body language. Dressed in a simple black dress, Damia stands in front of a black velvet curtain, her silhouette and her gestures are only lit by the floodlights.
Using hitherto unpublished archives, this film written and directed by his granddaughter draws an intimate portrait of the man and the artist, who joyfully combined his family and his professional life to build an exemplary body of work. With chapters headed by the drawings of Emmanuel Guibert, Robert Doisneau, the rebel of the wonderful, tells how this child of the Paris suburbs became one of the world's most famous photographers. The film also reveals another Doisneau, passionate about colour, that he tirelessly used, and by the modern suburbs' new forms of architecture.
Lino Ventura was an enormously popular actor. His great manliness was displayed on our screens from the 1950s to the 1980s. Whether he was taciturn or more pleasant, the man was not a talkative person and refused to play the seduction game with journalists or to promote his films. However, despite everything, the interviews he gave all through his career showed the man he was. His professional choices were also revealing: a man of principle, Lino Ventura only wanted to play characters with whom he "could shake hands".
This story portrait features the "jazz attitude"; produced without interviews of outside observers, on the basis of archives and memories and in real settings, this film immerses the viewer into the special atmosphere of the 1950s when jazz crystallised a whole generation's hunger for life. A legend has been forged since his death, a legend full of stereotypes, always the same ones: the melancholy of "L’Écume des jours", the fever of the Tabou nights, the scandal of "J’irai cracher sur vos tombes..." This legend absorbs the whole character who himself hides the person.
Jacques Brel was unique: first of all the singer who was a major 20th century author and also one of the most astonishing showmen. Then the man, whose personality always surprised through its amazing contradictions: a poet of love and a misogynist, brave and cowardly, mad with sincerity and with supreme bad faith… he was life itself! Born middle-class, he was destined to take over the family cardboard factory but finished his life like an adventurer. His life was meteoric, a true saga.
Around its founding pillar, the pianist Patrick Domene, today it is a quartet which invites the singer Marina Nolles.
Of Franco-American origin, the young songwriter-composer effortlessly moved from folk music to jazz, helped by her perfect accent and the elegant sensuality of her voice.
Bonjour. Ça va ? Bravo ! Et toi ? (Hello. How are you? Bravo! And you?) These expressions that we say automatically, Jean-Claude Grumberg dissects them and re-examines them to give them back their meaning. Commonplace introductions, they have become so transparent that they often, paradoxically, end by a lack of communication. Through sketches of encounters, Jean-Claude Grumberg humorously leads us into his world where more serious subjects like jealousy, hypocrisy, the memory and the theatre, always the theatre, his theatre, with his self-criticism, form a backdrop.
Demi Portion – 8.30 p.m.
It's the same thing whith each concert: the beats pound, the words hit their target, the flow is fluid. The public is not mistaken and applauds wildly. Rather than bombarding his public with mixtapes and other street albums, Demi Portion concentrates on the writing and delivers his compositions in measured doses.
In this way, he avoids the pitfall of the big trap, delivers texts both well-written and touching, filled with pop references.
Between Toulouse and the Mediterranean, if you like swing, jazz, street music, if you love to move to sunny rhythms then your route will cross that of the Convers’Band musicians!
Trumpets, saxophones, trombone and percussion will carry you along in their musical madness so that you share in moments of relaxation and of pleasure. Watch out, there will be some real action!
Amir – 10.30 p.m.
Amir emerged as the revelation of 2016!
The proud representative of the French colours at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, he came sixth in the competition (with a historic record of points for France and our best position in 14 years).
The TQS, a Narbonne theatre company, energetically performs a play by Stephan Wojtowicz, a playwright (and actor) who won a Molière in 2006, who offers amateurs a subject open both to drama, comedy and poetry, all hatched under the burning fire of current events.
Hélène, 32 years, kind, and Olivier, a young manager hero of the 5G era, jumps from the train and find themselves at the foot of the fairground entertainers' caravan, beside a rubbish tip. A clash…
Founded in the United States by French drummer Matthieu Danesin when he was studying in the prestigious Berklee college, the Quartet, named after its leader, launched its first album of six titles, self-produced and recorded in Boston.
The drummer gives us his jazz-groove compositions with honesty, simplicity and effectiveness, in the same way as the minimalist sleeve of his album.
The creation "Dance in Bach" is made of a trio dancing to the compositions of J.S. Bach.
The choreographic style of the ballet is classical. The passion is hidden deep within ourselves, pulling and pushing us. It makes the wishing, the desire and the joy of love burn.
Passion is the source of the rarest moments which add a little extra to existence.
If we could live without passion, we would no doubt be less tortured. But we would be empty, a desert, dark and frozen.
A history, maybe even a story, which immerses us into what could be the most intimate and the most revealing for humanity: the twilight years. Experiences gathered into assessments, this period marks whoever put odds on life. But are we the guarantors of our certainties? Wandering souls who, with the help of Valentin and his son Valentino, will find refuge on an imaginary boat. A fantasy place where the observers of this allegory will find the lives of Rose, Marcel, Margueritte, Ernest… Our two performers take us on a funny and tender journey towards multiple characters.
Radio Elvis – 22:15
Very quickly compared with Dominique A, but also close to Bashung in the way short phrases are thrown out, which gives rise to strong images, the band Radio Elvis is establishing itself in a line of rockers who love French language, inspired by its literature.
Pierre Guénard, songwriter and singer, slammer in the past, Colin Russeil, drummer and pianist, met at school, and Manu Ralambo, the guitarist who joined them later, three years ago bonded around their project "Radio Elvis".
Guy Lacroux – 6.00 p.m.
Regular visitors to the Fête Nationale, Guy Lacroux, his accordion and his orchestra start the ball with music!
An opportunity to come and dance while waiting for the fireworks
An explosive band full of humour, in a festive and crazy way, blends the music of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania with extravagant rock! Eight musicians came together for this project, all of them wanting to plunge in their own way into the vast world of the "music of the East": a strange and intriguing world in which are blended rhythms and melodies of incredible depth, a power and an unmatched virtuosity.
When Boon, a legal anthropologist, recognised the body of an old friend who mysteriously disappeared in 1991, the circumstances of this drama come back to him. Perhaps this Sylvain Murdoch, disturbed adolescent au pied cannibale, died deep in the Saint Laurent river, swept away by the waters of the fiction.
The play is not rooted in the drama, it keeps us on the edge between laughter and poignant emotion, it is designed to call upon all types of public, including those who are less accustomed to the theatre, around questions of artistic vocation and the search for beauty.
The Naïma Quartet is a group founded in 2016 on the initiative of the young double bass player and singer Naïma Girou. Growing up with jazz’s greatest artists, she founded a band full of their influences, to the use of her own world, sensitivity and youth.
She then surrounded herself with a team of talented musicians.
Timanman has died. Her children come to the farm for the distribution of the property. The row then starts between Dom, not quite right in his head, and his two evil sisters. Very soon the real characters are revealed and the memories of a dreary past come back. A deceased not yet cold, a small inheritance, a few unloved creatures, no more is needed to set them at loggerheads. Greed revealed their true selves and the kinship is no more when avarice replaced it. It is joyfully incorrect, black and outrageous. A combination of Zola, Audiard and Ettore Scola.
Kid Créole & Coconuts – 10.15 p.m.
A group, a sound, an image.
From the 54 club in New York to the Palace de Paris, August Darnell, alias Kid Creole, a big admirer of Cab Calloway from the end of the 1970s, dared a knowledgeable mix of funk, rock and Latin sounds. A new blend was born.
Prince was the first of his fans, then the whole world keeled over under the class of Kid, the charm of the Coconuts and the musical madness of the Group.
Deen Burbigo – 8.30 p.m.
Born in Marseille, it was in a Toulon Youth Centre that Deen scribbled his first rhymes.
He formed the groups "La Relève" then "Retorist" with whom he played in various venues, open mic nights and other musical springboards in the region.
Looking for a change and wishing to tackle the capital's youth centres, in 2008 he decided to go to Paris and set up there. It was there that he met the members of the team which quickly became one of the most promising in the Ile de France region: L’ENTOURAGE.
Tarabast’☆, the Occitan band comprised of eight musicians from the Aude proposes a festive repertory of traditional Occitan airs re-arranged by Jean-Michel Pelegrin (arranger and professor in the Narbonne conservatory) in a lively style.
Møme – 10.15 p.m.
Between two surfing sessions in Australia, the producer Møme composes.
From his van converted into a home-studio in which he wanders along the country's coast. He produced the Chillwave which gradually conquered France, his country.
The native of Nice asserts his attachment to this electronic Pop music, directly influenced by the artists on the Australian classic label Future such as Flume or Chet Faker.
"Aloha" is the proof of it; aerial, sometimes beat, covered by the almost soul voice of the Australian Merryn Jeann.
Margot, aged 45, decides to run away from the family home on her daughter's 18th birthday, tired of giving only to others without ever thinking of herself. By the road side, with her suitcases, she meets Claude, 80 years old, who also has ran away, but from her retirement home, where her son has put her more or less to get rid of her. A sincere friendship full of pitfalls will grow from this turbulent encounter between two women of different generations but pursuing the same goal, to flee from a hell to find an ideal.
Tchekhov's characters are survivors, they survive their disillusion. The family is both a refuge and a suffocating microcosm. It distributes each one's places and it cannot be abandoned at the risk of denying the common history. These days, the basis of the social contract lies in the fact that everyone can produce as much as possible and then enjoy as much as possible the fruits of what one has produced. We have started to think that consumption is the sole means of accomplishing one's humanity, to develop. And this has worked very well.
Around Mickaël Sourd on guitar, Frédéric Léger on double bass, Thomas Domene on drums and Guillaume Gardey de Soos on the trumpet, the group takes inspiration and its influences in the jazz of the late 1950s. In fact, the group describes its music as being in the Hard Bop sphere and adapts the great jazz pieces from Kenny Burrell to Lee Morgan including Horace Silver, Tommy Flanagan and Wes Montgomery. Their performance, very much appreciated by the public, combines all musical sensitivities.
The 19th century: the career of a gentleman serial killer, literary and romantic. John Wycliffe is a British butler, refined, cultured, filled with a rare distinction, which pushes him to commit violent acts in the name of good taste! Inspired by the ghost of Elisabeth, the granddaughter of Lord Garrison, a lost love; he travels around the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to carry out a moral mission..
Broken Back – 10.15 p.m.
From the life of Broken Back (alias Jérôme Fagnet) we could write a script for a boxing film. The story of a young man embarked on the royal professional path of businessman, then who physically collapsed one day (stuck to his bed, with low morale and his back demolished), found his salvation in music and, through it, was hugely successful.
Cocoon – 10.15 p.m.
Tours of more than 200 concerts sold out: from the United States to China, including Canada, Australia and, obviously, Europe.
Appearing for the first time about 10 years ago, Cocoon became rapidly established on the French scene as the spearhead of a new folk scene. Supported by the author-composer-performer Mark Daumail, with Morgane Imbeaud in vocal harmonies, the group released two albums which became platinum records and, on the way, had a hit with "Chupee", a piece from "My Friends All Died in a Plane Crash", in 2007.
Flavia Coelho – 10.15 p.m.
"Sonho Real", the third album by the Brazilian Flavia Coelho is white hot like a bolt of lightning, urgent like a desire to exist.
She displays her very self and unfolds her soul. A feeling of travelling grips us with each song. The melodies are solar, light, always dancing.
The scents of forro and the perfumes of ragga, the frenzy of the ska rhythms and the nonchalance of the dub reggae.
To be discovered urgently!
Gombo Revolution, a band, pays tribute to the music of New Orleans: "Each encounter is a rare and unforgettable moment, the generosity, the kindness of the musicians encountered grabs you and takes you into the whirlwind of the clubs and jam-sessions. It was in this momentum that GOMBO REVOLUTION was born". Filled with all these sensations… they pay tributee with the greatest sincerity, respect and joie de vivre.
With La Crique, in 1978 Guy Foissy wrote one of these great plays which combines the difficult exercise of making people laugh while being gloomy and very poetic. The story is simple. An ordinary couple, for several years with very dull lives, from one day to the next found themselves trapped in a legal and media turmoil, after him, Pompom, one morning in November, committed the irreparable and became the subject of the news.