A journey into the history of French cinema through the eyes of director Bertrand Tavernier (It All Starts Today, Safe Conduct), who defines the work of a filmmaker as that of a "a citizen, a spy, an explorer and painter, a columnist, and an adventurer". Tavernier dedicates the film to some of his masters, such as Jean Renoir, Jean Vigo, Gilles Grangier, and Edmond T. Gréville, among others. A film in which he expresses his gratitude to directors, writers, actors and composers who arose in him the love for film. Cannes Classics, 2016.
1941, Lyon, France. He began his career as Jean-Pierre Melville’s assistant. Selected filmography: The Clockmaker of St. Paul (Special Jury Award at Berlin, 1974), A Sunday in the Country (best director at Cannes, 1984), 'Round Midnight (Venice, 1986), L.627 (Venice, 1992), The Bait (Golden Bear at Berlin, 1995), It All Starts Today (Berlin, 1999), Safe Conduct (Berlin, 2002), and In the Electric Mist (Berlin, 2009).