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National Gallery

Fortnight 2014, Feature film, 3h


The National Gallery in London is one of the great museums of the world with 2400 paintings from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. Almost every human experience is represented in one or the other of the paintings. The sequences of the film show the public in various galleries; the education programs, and the scholars, scientists and curators, studying, restoring and planning the exhibitions.The relation between painting and storytelling is explored.


Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman was born in Boston in 1930. As a documentary filmmaker, he has examined the major North American institutions. After studying law at Yale, he decided to devote his life to directing, producing and editing his own films. To the rhythm of one a year, he has directed and produced a series of documentaries in which he pursues his study of the rules of “living together” in the great institutions.

John Davey

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman

Production :
Idéale Audience
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75009 Paris
Tél : +33 1 53 20 14 08

Coproduction :
Gallery Film LLC (États-Unis)

Ventes / Foreign sales :
Doc & Film International
Tél : +33 1 42 77 56 87

Zipporah Films
Tél : +1 617 576 3603

Distribution :
Sophie Dulac Distribution
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Presse / publicist :
Agnès Chabot
Tél : +33 1 44 41 13 48

International press :
Viviana Andriani
Tél : +33 1 42 66 36 35

Press release

rederick Wiseman fait le tour de la « National Gallery » / Le Monde
Frederick Wiseman guides on tip-toes / The Guardian
Passionnante plongée dans la National Gallery / Libération
Exhaustive portrait of one of the world’s most venerable art institution / The Hollywood Reporter
Wiseman’s meal offers plenty of side dishes as well / Screen Daily
Une magnifique visite au musée / Télérama
Wiseman racconta l’arte e il museo londinese come fatto politico /
Wiseman draws our attention to the overlooked / Bfi
Frederick Wiseman au musée / La Libre Belgique
This is among Wiseman’s densest, and best, works / timeout
National Gallery organise une relation foisonnante entre la parole et les œuvres / Critikat
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is our guest / France 24
La National Gallery come non l’avete mai vista / gazzetta di mantova
IL documentarista per eccellenza / loudvision
L’occhio astratto di Wiseman / Il Manifesto
Frederick wiseman observes the london museum’s operations / rogerebert
Cannes Q&A: Frederick Wiseman / Variety
Frederick Wiseman’s Heady, Nourishing Art Doc ‘National Gallery’ / IndieWire