Finley Descotes (Natasha Little) trades in antique maps. She meets the map dealer Bernard Ivens (Roland Gift) when she travels to Amsterdam in hopes of acquiring two rare maps that have just come on the market. Bernard takes her to the home of Marta Kadar (Dominique Sanda) to show her a third map he’s about to buy for himself. Findley notices a detail in the map that makes it more valuable than anything else she’s seen, and she wants it for herself. She engages Bernard in a fierce, no holds barred negotiation that draws her beyond the map shop, into a world of political intrigue where everything is up for grabs.
I have often been asked why I had accepted this very brief part, that of a nun who has remained cloistered in her cell for over 20 years and had taken a vow of silence. After such a long time in a dark place, she has even lost her sight. I precisely thought that accepting this role was like a veiled reference to a situation that reflected a sort of contempt I had been feeling for years from the French cinema. Anyway, nobody is a prophet in his own country. (Dominique Sanda, interview in 2000).
If art does not seek truth, not even its likelihood, Marco Bechis' film is not art. And I say so crudely simply because I've heard opinions that share this point of view, such as "it is short of poetry, enchantment, magic, aesthetic refinement", qualities so often found in the best Italian cinema. I answer that in this film Bechis has proved honest as far as he lucidly refused any touch of fantasy (just as old Plato intended when he forbade poets to stay in his utopian Republic). Although in the present case, we should not forget there was not one single formulation that would not relate to already well-known facts. This movie is not about a possible story, but "the story" of what took place during the tragic period that hit Argentina during its last military dictatorship. Garage Olimpo therefore appears as a document, a film only based on real facts and scenes, which are documented in detail according to evidences to be found in voluminous archives of the Federal Justice and those of the general press. It has been my own choice to live in Argentina for several years, once again a free country. I love it deeply for infinite reasons, none of which appear in Bechis' film. But he showed solidarity with the thousands of assassinated individuals who will never be able to repay him. We are alive, we can thank him on their behalf... (Dominique Sanda's speech at the Cinema Lumière during the Festival Internazionale di Litteratura e Cinema of Bologna, before the film projection, 6/28/2006).
How wonderful it is when someone talks about you with so much tenderness, so much clarity once you’ve departed… It is rather uncommon. There is usually a nostalgic side. But thanks to Agnès, Jacques demy is really alive. (Jeanne Moreau, Telerama , october 1995)
Since I have been acting in two of Jacques Demy’s movies, I believe that, in Agnès Varda’s movie about Jacques, her viewpoint shows a great ability to see what is really worth seeing of a man’s great talent. When a person has such a gift - quite rightly considered as « uncommon » by Jeanne Moreau -, this person is a genuine artist. (Dominique Sanda)
The biblical story of the life of Joseph, Jacob's and Rachel's favourite son. Sold by his half-brothers, he was a slave in Egypt and thanks to his loyalty and wisdom, became a counsellor to the pharaoh.
Who knows Gustav Regler? Only a few initiates. This German communist writer, born in 1898, fought with Spanish Republicans. He was confined in the camps of the Vichy regime before he could escape and go to Mexico. Back to Germany for a short period of time, he then escaped to India where he died in1963.
A north-american couple who had attempted to adopt a child for a long time, gets to know through the TV news that in Rumania, after the Ceaucescus' execution, adoption has become possible, so they decide to go to Bucarest. There, a true descent into hell begins. They discover that reality surpasses any imaginable horror: thousands of undernourished children are found in orphanages in a calamitous state of abandonment. As they continue, they realize they are trapped by official bureaucracy interested only in money and thus never delivering the promised authorization. This film, that uses extracts that have been secretly shot by foreign doctors, was based on real facts.
Rosalie de Watterville hears about Albert Savarus during a dinner at her parents' house. This romantic and passionate 19-years old young woman immediately falls in love with the stranger, a mysterious man she has never met, although she can watch him through the window as he lives in the house across the street. An Italian princess (Dominique Sanda) and this man correspond regularly but their love letters are systematically diverted by young jealous Rosalie.
In Munich, the carnival is at its height: Henri le Vert (Thibault de Montalembert), a young swiss art student, watches this exuberance with as much fascination as reserve. In the very middle of the carnival brouhaha, he meets his best friend Lys, a dutch painter (Arnaud Chevrier). Amidst the confusion of the masked paraders, this "bon vivant" artist cheats on his fiancee Agnes with Rosalie who also wants to have a lot of fun during carnival. Henri intends to protect Agnes, who is devastated by her fiance's irresponsible treason. Henri gets so incomprehensibly excited that he challenges his friend to a duel... which must take place at dawn. Before the duel, Henri le Vert has visions of his childhood and youth in Zurich. He mentally relives his father's premature death during a hunting excursion, after which he feels overwhelmed by his mother's melancholy (Dominique Sanda). In his childish innocence, he speaks to his little cousin Anna about love; during one of these conversations at school, she stealthily gives him the first kiss. But due to Anna's health, his uncle (Matias Gnädinger) takes his family to their countryside house. The duel takes place, Henri is mortally wounded by his clearly superior rival. An expression of joy and peace appears on his face: Henri le Vert is finally reunited with Anna in death.
Because he had offered her a rose on their meeting day, Lissy nicknamed him as “Emile des Roses”. Their story is romantic, funny and sad, in bustling Berlin of the 1900's.
Victor (Jean-François Stévenin) is a painter who does not feel like painting any more. He does not feel like doing anything at all. He has lost the taste for life. For some time he has obsessively been painting guns, which he will end up using... against himself. He wants to leave a last message to his ex-wife and children on a dictaphone which is out of battery... Destiny interferes: a woman (Dominique Sanda), who had been held hostage by a young delinquent, is pushed into his car. She is beautiful, with a frenzied taste for living, specially since an incurable cancer is threatening her life, something he'll never get to know. She makes him recapture the taste for life as she lives what may be her last love story.
This is the true story of a woman who lived in Mexico in the XVIIth century, Sister Juana Inès de la Cruz (Assumpta Serna), considered as one the finest poetesses in the Spanish language. To be able to dedicate herself to writing, her devouring passion, Juana finds no other solution than to enter a convent. Thanks to her thirst for knowledge, broad-mindedness and great beauty, she earned the vicequeen’s (Dominique Sanda) protection. But this situation led her to a conflict with the Church and the State, in the times of the Inquisition...
Augusto (Vittorio Gassman) is over sixty when he comes out of the psychiatric hospital to join Carla (Dominique Sanda), his stepdaughter and Rosa, his 9-years old grand-daughter. The child and the old man, who is slightly nuts, love each other with a pure love and friendship, until the day the girl fall in love with her cousin and tells her secret to Grand-father. Then symphonies start playing in Augusto's head again.
Born at the beginning of the 20th century in a traditional family of jewish bankers, Siegmund Warburg, just like his greatest ancestors, starts his career in Germany as a banker and counselor to the Prince. In the middle of Weimar hustle and bustle that ruins his father, he participates in the German tortuous economy as a government's financier. When the sinking economy gives way to the war economy, Hitler's arrival sends him to London, with his name as his only capital. He creates a small finance company and plans the financing for the Allies at war. When Hitler, with his followers, destroys the bank his own family had been constructing for over two centuries, he contributes to smash the financing of the German army. (Jacques Attali).