Natan

  • 66'
  • Ireland
  • 2013
The case of innovative entrepreneur Bernard Natan demonstrates how intolerance can turn the greatest success into a nightmare. Although his energy and creativity dominated the French film industry of the 1920s and 30s, his name remains erased from the collective memory, or worse: misremembered in the most unflattering way.
The man who brought sound cinema to France and Cinemascope to the screen before the word even existed was blacklisted as a Jew, a sexual pervert and a foreigner. The Nazi camps did the rest. And French film historians never restored his reputation.
Tellingly, it was a Irish/Scottish duo that took the initiative for this fascinating documentary. In France, the name Natan remains largely forgotten, even to generations of film students who receive their education in the very buildings that Natan erected as the heart of the future film industry. A story that needs to be told. Screened together with Mr leos caraX.

Directors
Paul Duane, David Cairns
Country of production
Ireland
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
66'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Paul Duane
Production Company
Screenworks
Sales
Screenworks
Screenplay
David Cairns
Cinematography
Scott Ward
Editor
Eoin McDonagh
Production Design
Charis Suddaby
Sound Design
Leon O’Neill
Music
Seti the First
Website
http://facebook.com/NatanMovie