Gallant Indies

From The Distrib Films Collection

Directed by Philippe Béziat

109 minutes / Color
French; English / English subtitles
Release: 2022
Copyright: 2020

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Based on Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet that was directed by Clément Cogitore for the Opéra National de Paris.

In 2019, eight opera singers and 30 dancers from a wide variety of artistic and demographic backgrounds convened at Paris’s Opéra Bastille to begin work on an ambitious new production of Les Indes galantes, a cornerstone of French musical history. From the director of Becoming Traviata, Philippe Béziat’s documentary, Gallant Indies, captures the work of this multifaceted troupe under the direction of artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore; together, they shepherd Rameau’s opera into the 21st century, while exquisitely and joyfully mirroring the true diversity of contemporary France. Replete with gorgeous melodies and fantastic dance numbers, Cogitore’s production integrates questions of racism, classism, and colonialism into a radical new staging that both honors and transforms the original text.

“Fascinating!” —Ouest France

“The film serves as an invaluable tool for grasping the political scope of the project.” —Le Monde

“A fascinating immersion into the heart of a powerful project.” —Les Fiches du Cinéma

“Philippe Béziat’s documentary recreates the glorious energy of Parisian youth storming the Bastille.” —Le Figaro

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Select Accolades

  • Best Documentary Award, Colcoa French Film Festival
  • Audience Award, FNC Montreal
  • Hot Docs
  • Sheffield Doc Fest
  • Shanghai International Film Festival
  • Transylvania International Film Festival
  • Jecheon International Music & Film Festival
  • International Festival Context Moscow
  • Fundacion Proa – Institut Français Buenos Aires
  • Opening Film, Ohlalà! Festival de cine francófono de Barcelone
  • La Habana International Film Festival


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