International Film Heritage Festival

Yangon, 4 – 13 November 2016



Gaumont is 120 years old! Today, other companies that started out at the same time remain only as fond memories, but Gaumont is more alive than ever, celebrating its 120 years of ingenuity, industrial, commercial and artistic success.

This free exhibition proposes a journey through Gaumont’s history of cinema with loans from the Gaumont Museum, film clips, and posters. This is a portion of a greater, year-long exhibition held in Paris and curated by Dominique Païni at the Cenquatre, a popular gallery space. With the hope of sharing this history abroad, the embassies of France in Asia, along with the valuable support of Gaumont, combined efforts to circulate this exhibition in ten Asian countries. Discover the wealth of French and world heritage film, experience the artistic energy embodied by Gaumont for the past 120 years!

At the occasion of the 4th edition of MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival, this exceptional exhibition will be held in Yangon from the 5th to the 13th of November at Waziya Cinema Theatre.

120 years of Cinema : Gaumont, born with cinema

It is more than an exhibition about a company. Gaumont has existed as long as the motion picture industry itself. For 120 years now, this cinematographic studio has attempted to integrate all of the industry trades together, from production to exhibition and distribution; the Gaumont name is built upon the the work of directors and other creative professionals who have made the movies into an art form, such as Louis Feuillade, Jean Vigo, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Andrzej Wajda, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Maurice Pialat, Jean-Luc Godard, Luc Besson, and many others.

This is first and foremost an exhibition about cinema itself, made up of fabulous encounters.

Waziya Cinema
November 5th – November 13rd
2016 MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival
Free Admission

The exhibition is organized by MEMORY! Festival, The Embassy of France & Institut Français with the support of Gaumont.

Gaumont: Mr. Nicolas Seydoux, Ariane Toscan du Plantier, Sophie Bollotte, Violette Duquesne,
Régional Audiovisual Attaché for South-East Asia: Guillaume Duchemin
Institut Français: Julien Badon, Elodie Sobczak
Installation: U Zaw Zaw



Pierre Étaix
France – 1965


Cast: Pierre Étaix (Yoyo / Le millionaire), Claudine Auger (Isolina), Philippe Dionnet (Yoyo as a child), Luce Klein (The equestrienne)
Screenplay: Pierre Étaix, Jean-Claude Carrière
Cinematography: Jean Boffety
Production: C.A.P.A.C.
Language: French
Duration: 92 min
Color: Black and White

Synopsis: A millionaire has everything: servants, a mansion, land, any pleasure money can buy—except Love. Sooner or later he always finds himself alone in his study, sighing over the photograph of the one girl that got away. One fine day a travelling circus rolls into town and, although some time has passed, the man recognizes the lovely equestrienne as the girl from the picture. He finds out that her young boy, Yoyo, is his son. The market crash of the Great Depression leaves the millionaire destitute, which is just as well because he feels happier sharing the simple life of travelling circus performers than spending another night alone in the empty mansion. With WWII raging on in the background, Yoyo grows up to be a successful clown and, with the advent of television, becomes a renowned artist, a film-maker, a millionaire. Now that he has the means, he longs to restore his father’s estate to its former glory.


The Boys from Fengkuei
Feng gui lai de ren
(All the Youthful Days)

Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Taiwan – 1983


Cast: Chun-fang Chang, Shih Chang, Doze Niu, Chao P’eng-chue, Chung-Hua Tou, Li-Yin Yang
Screenplay: T’ien-wen Chu
Cinematography: Kun-Hou Chen
Language: Mandarin, Min Nan
Duration: 101 min
Color: Color

Synopsis: Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking, fighting, and getting into trouble with the police. They play crude practical jokes, gamble, drink, fight, and chase girls as they wait for compulsory military service. The most introspective of the group, Ah-Ching lives in two worlds, the dissonant world of his buddies and the traditional culture that comes back to him in flashes of memory of his father when he was a young boy. Constantly berated by his mother for his lack of ambition, Ah-Ching and two friends leave their traditional home in Penghu to look for work in the Southern city of Kaohsiung. On the surface, the boys are street-wise, but beneath their swagger, their naiveté is apparent. Ah-Ching’s sister offers the boys an apartment and they find jobs in a local factory, but an infatuation with a hoodlum’s girlfriend leaves Ah-Ching more alone than when he came to the city.


Jean-Luc Godard
France – 1965
Cast: Eddie Constantine (Lemmy Caution), Anna Karina (Natacha von Braun), Akim Tamiroff (Henri Dickson), Howard Vernon (Prof. Leonard Nosferatu aka von Braun)
Screenplay: Jean-Luc Godard, Paul Éluard
Cinematography: Raoul Coutard
Production: Athos Films, Chaumiane Filmstudio
Language: French
Duration: 100 min
Color: Black and White

Synopsis: In a near future, the American secret agent Lemmy Caution travels to Alphaville posing as a journalist named Ivan Johnson from the Figaro-Pravda newspaper. His mission is to find the missing agent Henri Dickson and to convince Professor von Braun to come with him to Nueva York. Von Braun is actually Leonard Nosferatu, inventor of the powerful computer Alpha 60 that has engineered the inhuman dystopian society of Alphaville. Here love, conscience, poetry, and emotion have been banished, and words are systematically eliminated from the dictionary. To deal with the omnipresent Alpha 60, Lemmy recruits the help of Natacha von Braun, the evil scientist’s daughter. They fall in love, but he needs to complete his mission before leaving Alphaville.


Bird People
Pascale Ferran
France – 2014
Cast: Josh Charles (Gary Newman), Anaïs Demoustier (Audrey Camuzet), Roschdy Zem (Simon), Taklyt Vongdara (Akira), Geoffrey Cantor (Allan), Camélia Jordana (Leila)
Screenplay: Guillaume Bréaud, Pascale Ferran
Cinematography: Julien Hirsch
Production: Archipel 35, France 2, Cinéma Titre et Structure Production, Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Région Ile-de-France Cofinova 8, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Cofinova 5, Cofinova 6
Language: French, English, Japanese
Duration: 127 min
Color: Color

Synopsis: Gary is an American engineer who arrives in Paris to finalize details on a major project in Dubai; Audrey is a twentysomething who works as a maid in the airport hotel where Gary is staying. Their shared sense of ennui and indecision is obvious, but their journeys of self-discovery proceed on separate tracks. Gary awakens mid-business-trip to the realization that both his professional and personal lives feel empty and unsatis­fying, and informs his business partners and wife Elisabeth that he will not be returning to any of them. Audrey, meanwhile, finds her daily clean­ing routines upended by a fantastical transformative event. One mysterious evening, she discovers the ability to free herself from her chambermaid duties to observe, unseen, an assortment of individuals within and beyond the confines of the airport hotel.


Cat People
Jacques Tourneur
USA – 1942
Cast: Simone Simon (Irena Dubrovna Reed), Kent Smith (Oliver Reed), Tom Conway (Dr. Louis Judd), Jane Randolph (Alice Moore)
Screenplay: DeWitt Bodeen
Cinematography: Nicholas Musuraca
Production: RKO Pictures
Language: English, Czech, Serbian
Duration: 73 min
Color: Black and White

Synopsis: Irena Dubrovna, a fashion artist, has recently arrived in New York from Eastern Europe. She meets engineer Oliver Reed at the zoo, near the cages of the big cats, where she likes to work on her sketches. The two fall in love and get married despite Irena’s reservations. She has always felt different than other people, because of an ancient story of witchcraft from her homeland. The story tells that women from her village change into great cats whenever aroused by passion, anger or jealousy. In therapy, Dr. Judd, the psychiatrist, learns that, because of her superstitions, Irena is has always been afraid of falling in love. Her fears are put to the test when Oliver seeks solace from his distant spouse with co-worker Alice Moore. Beware the curse of the cat people when Irena learns that she may be losing Oliver to Alice!


Don Giovanni
Joseph Losey
France – 1979
Cast: Ruggero Raimondi (Don Giovanni), John Macurdy (The Commendatore), Edda Moser (Donna Anna), Kiri Te Kanawa (Donna Elvira)
Screenplay: Lorenzo da Ponte, Frantz Salieri, Patricia Losey, Joseph Losey
Cinematography: Gerry Fisher
Production: Gaumont, Caméra One, Opera Film Produzione, France 2, Janus Film und Fernsehen, Opéra National de Paris
Language: Italian
Duration: 185 min
Color: Color

Synopsis: Don Giovanni is a womanizing libertine who conquers the hearts of women throughout Spain. Accompanied by his manservant Leporello, he sneaks into Il Commendatore’s house with the intent to seduce his daughter Donna Anna. The young woman screams and wakes up the old nobleman, who challenges the intruder to a duel. Il Commendatore is killed a devastated Donna Anna vows avenge his murder. Giovanni continues to seduce and toy with women, including a former lover who is determined to see him suffer for his betrayal, and a peasant girl, Zerlina, whom he ravishes on the eve of her wedding. When they all band together to bring Don Giovanni to justice, he persuades Leporello to trade clothes, and the faithful servant barely escapes with his life. As Don Giovanni gloats over his own cleverness and gets progressively drunk, he suddenly hears Il Commendatore’s voice from beyond the grave and, mockingly, invites the ghost to dinner. Sitting at an extravagantly laid out table, Don Giovanny hears ominous knocks at the door. Leporello is cowers in fright, but devil-may-care Giovanni opens the door to find the statue of Il Commendatore. Giovanni refuses him entry, but Il Commendatore demands that the sinful Don repent for his transgressions.


Régis Wargnier
France – 1992
indochine (1991)
Cast: Catherine Deneuve (Éliane Devries), Vincent Perez (Jean-Baptiste Le Guen), Linh Dan Pham (Camille), Jean Yanne (Guy), Dominique Blanc (Yvette)
Screenplay: Erik Orsenna, Louis Gardel, Catherine Cohen, Régis Wargnier
Cinematography: François Catonné
Production: Paradis Films, La Générale d’Images, Bac Films, Orly Films, Ciné Cinq, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Club des Investissments Canal+, Sofica, Sofinergie, Investimage, Cofimage
Language: French, Vietnamese
Duration: 152 min
Color: Color

Synopsis: Born and raised in French Indochina, Éliane is the imperious owner of a rubber-plantation. When her best friends, members of the Nguyễn Dynasty, die in a plane crash, she adopts their little girl Camille to raise as her own. Meanwhile, Éliane begins a torrid affair with a younger French navy officer, Jean-Baptiste. Some years later, when Camille has grown into a young woman, a civil unrest incident brings her and Jean-Baptiste together, and they fall love. Éliane is livid and campaigns to have Jean-Baptiste transferred. Camille marries Tanh, the son of wealthy merchants but a secret communist sympathizer. Camille also has a secret: she still loves Jean-Baptiste, and now that she has freed herself from mother’s watchful eyes, she heads towards his outpost. As she travels the country, she begins to understand the people of her homeland. When the colonial government tears her away from Jean-Baptiste and their infant child Étienne, Camille is imprisoned for crimes against the state, while Éliane adopts the baby. Camille experiences a political awakening and becomes a communist, while her incarcerated lover Jean-Baptiste, awaiting a court-martial, is found dead in his cell under peculiar circumstances. As Vietnam descends into civil war, Éliane abandons the plantation and relocates to France together with Étienne.


It Happened One Night
Frank Capra
USA – 1934
Cast: Clark Gable (Peter), Claudette Colbert (Ellie), Walter Connolly (Andrews), Roscoe Karns (Shapeley), Jameson Thomas (Westley)
Screenplay: Robert Riskin
Cinematography: Joseph Walker
Production: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Frank Capra Productions
Language: English
Duration: 105 min
Color: Black and White

Synopsis: Rich heiress Ellie Andrews has married against her father’s wishes and manages to get away from him by jumping off the family yacht in Florida. While her father annuls the marriage and hires a detective agency to track her down, she tries to make her way back to her lover, socialite aviator “King” Westley in New York City. Travelling by bus, she meets unemployed journalist Peter Warne—cynical, but charismatic. He’s quickly onto her real identity and it’s pretty obvious that she’s a spoiled brat. She has no money and he decides to help her get to New York thinking he’ll get a good story out of it. Nearing their destination, as their brief adventure comes to a close, they find that they are reluctantly in love with each-other and are afraid to admit it.


Johnny Got His Gun
Dalton Trumbo
USA – 1971
Cast: Timothy Bottoms (Joe Bonham), Kathy Fields (Kareen), Marsha Hunt (Joe’s Mother), Jason Robards (Joe’s Father), Donald Sutherland (Christ)
Screenplay: Dalton Trumbo
Cinematography: Jules Brenner
Production: World Entertainment
Language: English
Duration: 112 min
Color: Black and White, Color

Synopsis: On the last day of the Great War (WWI), Joe Bonham is hit by a mortar shell. He wastes away in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death: a quadruple amputee who has lost his eyes, ears, mouth and nose, he feels nothing but pain, yet remains fully conscious. Reliving his life through strange reveries, unable to distinguish whether he is awake or dreaming, one day Joe discovers a unique way to communicate with his caregivers.