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What's On in Burgundy 2016?
Festival of the Detective Film
They transport us into ‘forbidden’ territory, whether it is the underworld or the brothel, revealing cop and gangster, saint and villain, victim and assassin. They explore the universe, from the gutter to the stars… crime, murder and mystery come to Beaune
The Festival of the Detective Film comes to Beaune in the spring. Over the five day festival you will be able to see a selection of the best detective films from around the world, revealing the talents of tomorrow and crowning the talents of yesterday and today.
When suspense films, films noirs, mysteries, thrillers and comedies, are considered together, the detective film is the shining star in all the world’s cinemas attracting audiences of all ages. The end of 2007 was particularly brilliant, with films such as “Eastern Promises” by David Cronenberg, “We Own the Night” by James Gray and “American Gangster” by Ridley Scott.
2008 has not been outdone either, with French detective films like “Les Liens du Sang” (“Rivals”) by Jacques Maillot, “MR 73” (“ The Last Deadly Mission”) by Olivier Marchal, “Le Crime est Notre Affaire” by Pascal Thomas and “Mesrine” by Jean-François Richet and foreign films such as “The Bank Job” by Roger Donaldson, “In Bruges” by Martin McDonagh, “Street Kings” by David Ayer and “Righteous Kill” by Jon Avnet.
So just what is this fascination with crime books and films? They transport us into ‘forbidden’
territory, whether it is the underworld or the brothel, revealing cop and gangster, saint and
villain, victim and assassin. They explore the universe, from the gutter to the stars, in
search of its heart and its truth, taking the onlooker along at the same time.
It is no coincidence that Beaune was chosen as the venue for this festival. For it was here that one of the founding fathers of cinematography was born in the early days of photography. In 1882 while trying to study the movement of animals for his research, physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey who was born in the town, invented the ‘photographic gun’, capable of taking twelve exposures in one second.
Fast forward to 2009 and Beaune unveiled the all-singing, all-dancing Cap Cinema Complex consisting of 6 screens with a seating capacity of 900. Further commitment by the town to the genre is evident with the creation of a Cinema School.