MK2 Grand Palais

  • MK2 grand palais

    FIAC presents a cycle of feature-length artists’ films and a conference programme in the mk2 Grand Palais Cinema on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October.

    Free access subject to availability unless stated otherwise in the agenda
    Grand Palais, entrée VIP, Rotonde Alexandre III, 75008

    In collaboration with


  • 2pm

    • Take me (I’m yours), Philippe Parreno, Joan Jonas et 14 rooms

    • Introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist

    Live Art, ARTE

    ARTE presents Live Art, a documentary collection, about « ephemeral » artworks, in presence of its curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. Directed Hans Ulrich Obrist and created by art critic Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Live Art broaches several major “ephemeral” works. This documentary collection lifts the veil behind the scenes of artistic creations that counter market expectations. It also highlights the various approaches of their authors, renowned and emerging artists, and the curious spectators who come to discover their work.
  • 4pm

    • Screening of a selection of films by Laure Prouvost

    • Introduced by the artist who will represent France at the upcoming 58th Venice Biennale and Martha Kirszenbaum, the curator of the French Pavilion

    Laure Prouvost

    Combining representation of desire, oneirism, and a fantasized description of nature, Laure Prouvost’s immersive films, installations, drawings and tapestries imperil our relation to language and comprehension through the construction of complex narratives and surrealist moments that feed her unusual approach to the conventions of film and image. The artist attaches a special importance to language and its representation, with great verve she plays with words, stretching and deconstructing them before putting them together again and reinserting them into the story, where they jump and swirl, snub us and escape our understanding. The attention that Laure Prouvost allots to the environment and to the natural and human elements surrounding her serve as the raw material of her practice and her generous way of filming. Her films do not exist without the universe that surrounds them and where, captured with metaphor and romanticism, the invisible becomes apparent.
  • 5:30pm

    • The Restaurant, 2018

    • Introduction by Will Benedict & Steffen Jørgensen

    Will Benedict et Steffen Jorgensen

    The Restaurant by Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen is a cooking show set in an alternative reality with strong similarities to our own. In this timeline, a Parisian skyscraper sits alone in the jungle filled with nothing but restaurants and the industry necessary to sustain them. A cast of characters span the spectrum from human to alien and beyond exploring the moral dimensions of how we eat.

  • 7pm

    • Occidental, 2017

    • Introduction by Neil Beloufa and the film crew

    • Vendredi Distribution ©BAD MANNERS

    Neil Beloufa

    The streets of Paris are taken by barricades and furious protesters. Antonio and Giorgio, an eccentric and improbable couple, take refuge in the Hotel Occidental. Diana, the hotel manager, instantly suspects their attitude and calls the police. With no proper evidence, the officers and the hotel crew find themselves on a series of absurd anecdotal events involving homophobia, racism, misogyny, terrorist threats and political manipulations. The situation unfolds on a funny and tangled story that reflects satirically the uneasy context of our time.


  • 3.30pm

    • Shakedown, 2018

    Leilah Weinraub

    SHAKEDOWN tells the story of Los Angeles’ black lesbian strip club scene and its genesis crafted by Weinraub over a fifteen-year period that began in 2002. Owned and operated by women, underground and illegal in nature, the club Shakedown is the darker, faster, younger iteration of this dance culture. Shakedown emerged from a post-riots, post-OJ, post-integration but still very racially divided Los Angeles. In this divided city Shakedown is an independent, all black and all female cash economy. The film chronicles the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organizers including Ronnie-Ron, Shakedown Productions’ creator and emcee; Mahogany, the legendary “mother” of the scene; Egypt, their star performer; and Jazmyne, the “Queen” of Shakedown. The story functions as a legend where money is both myth and material. Cumulatively, questions arise about how to diagram the before and after of a utopic moment.

  • 5pm

    • In collaboration with Applicat Prazan

    Michel Tapié, Chercheur d’art

    Hosted by Juliette Evezard, Doctor in art history, this lecture focuses on the adventure of Michel Tapié de Céleyran (1909-1987) and echoes the booth that Applicat-Prazan Gallery has dedicated to him. An artist, art critic, artistic advisor, and collector, this key figure promoted many of the main artists of the late twentieth century and laid the groundwork for a commercial system.

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