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André Villers, A Lifetime in Images



When he was 20, André Villers discovered photography at the sanatorium in Vallauris in the South of France where he was hospitalized for several years, suffering from bone tuberculosis.


Two years later, André befriends Pablo Picasso who will buy the young photographer his very first own camera. André will take many photographs of Picasso and the two will later work together on a poetic cut-out album called Diurnes.


Through Picasso, the young photographer meets some of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

André has photographed Chagall, Dali, Miró, Buñuel, Fellini, Brassaï, Cocteau, Prévert, Gainsbourg, Le Corbusier, Léger, Picasso, of course, and many more but he has never boasted about it.


Throughout his life, André kept a low profile, even if his crisp Black & White portraits are known worldwide.


In the wake of André Villers' passing on April 1st, 2016, many more people around the world are finally discovering and appreciating his work.

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Information for the Audience: 

This film is for audiences of all ages.

Screenings / Awards: 

1) Sonoma International Film Festival, USA, World Premiere, April 2016

2) Venice Art Film Festival, California, USA, May 2016

3) CayFilm, July 2016

4) Maine International Film Festival, USA, July 2016

5) Melbourne International Documentary Film Festival, Australia, July 2016 **BEST ART DOCUMENTARY AWARD**

6) Photography Festival, Vence, France, September 2016

7) Mouans Sartoux Literary and Art Festival, France, October 2016

8)Photography Festival, Villefrance-sur-mer, France, October 2016

9) Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival, China, December 2016

10) Victoria Film Festival, Canada, February 2017

11)American Library in Paris, France, February 2017

12) A L'Est du Nouveau, Rouen, France, March 2017

13) Chiayi Art Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan, March 2017

14) Tirana Documentary Film Festival, Albania, May 2017

15) A Leste de Lima Film Festival, Peru, June 2017

16) Nuit Blanche à Hyères, France, July 2017

Directed by: 
Marketa Tomanova
Writing credits: 
Marketa Tomanova
André Villers
Produced by: 
Martin Matiasek Prokop Toman Marketa Tomanova
Music by: 
Vladimir Chab
Cinematography by: 
Marketa Tomanova Martin Matiasek Michael Gimenez
Film Editing by: 
Aurélien Manya
Release Date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016
Official website:
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