8th edition - 2018

International Art Book and Film Festival

© Jean-Michel Aberola and Groupe ccc

Making of FILAF 2018

Download the program here.


Pierre and Gilles

from June 20th to July 31st, 2018

Le Génie du Christianisme, de Pierre et Gilles.
Couvent des Minimes' Chapel, Perpignan.


This exhibition presents a series of ancient and new works having the sacred religious for common point. It develops a godly imagery but caught net of the poses marked and ultra saturated colors of Pierre and Gilles. The desecrated chapel, whose mural frescoes are masked waiting for restoration, thus finds its mystical vocation during the exhibition of the French artist duo. Far from being a provocation, the exhibition shows that the religious imagery of Pierre and Gilles perceived through a dozen large formats fits perfectly into a traditional setting and clearly reflects the sensuality already present in the paintings of the Renaissance.

An exhibition produce by FILAF, in co-production of the city of Perpignan.
Curated by Numa Hambursin.

Souvenir (Isabelle Huppert), Pierre and Gilles, 2016, photograph printed by inkjet on canvas and painted, 119 x 167 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and of Galerie Templon, Paris - Brussels.

Alexandre Léger

from June 19th to July 31st, 2018

Galerie du FILAF, Perpignan


Alexandre Leger produces a work on the borders of poetry, drawing and sculpture. Fascinated by Perec and William Blake, he finds in crosswords that he fills the poems that are hidden there, and draws all around using it as a starting point. In the same way his sculptures made of pencils use processes of exhaustion of the meaning of a poetic sentence, revealing its plastic value.

Honour Guests
Michel Auder

French director and photographer living in New York, he was influenced by the Nouvelle Vague and expérimental cinema (Jean-Luc Godard and Andy Warhol, among other). His videos chronicle his life in New York and at the Chelsea Hotel and in a few other legendary places, often mounted long years after the facts.

Bruno Monsaingeon

He plays violin, writes books and makes films. Among them, his portraits of legendary performers such as Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, David Oistrakh and Julia Varady and Nadia Boulanger, and more recently Valeriy Sokolov, David Fray, and Piotr Anderszewski earned him an international audience.


Luke Rhinehart

He is the author of eleven books, including The Dice Man, "One of the Greatest Books of All Time". More than 30 different editions have been published in the last decade in 27 languages, achieving the highest number of copies sold.

Pere Portabella
Alain Jaubert

Before making the famous series on art "Palettes" (50 films produced and broadcast between 1989 and 2003), Alain Jaubert was journalist at La Recherche and Nouvel Observateur then chronicler of classical music at Libération.

Author of several essays and various translations, he published his first novel Val Paradis in 2004, followed by a second Une nuit à Pompéi in 2008.

Alain Jaubert has produced numerous documentaries for the INA (Auschwitz, l'album de la mémoire, 1985), Arte (Gustave Caillebotte ou les aventures du regard 1994,Giacomo Casanova 1998, Nietzsche, une journée philosophique 2001) and France 3 ( Series « Un siècle d’écrivains » : Henri Michaux, 1995). From 1990 to 1993 he produced the magazine Les Arts and many programs for "Oceanique" on France 3. At the same time, he taught at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs from 1988 to 1993 : theories about color for beginners and semiology of the image for the photo department.

Always involved politically against the dictatorship of Franco, he was elected senator during the first democratic election after the death of Franco, and later became a member of the Parliament of Catalonia. As a filmmaker, he has kept a relevant activity for more than four decades. At the helm of Films 59, he directed some of the most iconic films in Spanish cinema : Carlos Saura's Los golfos (The Hooligans, 1959), Marco Ferreri's El cochecito (The Wheelchair, 1960) and Luis Buñuel's Viridiana (1960). As a director, he creates his own creations by bringing together the legacy of avant-garde culture and his quest to transcend the boundaries of languages.

FILAF 2018 Book Jury
FILAF 2018 Film Jury
Bernard Marcadé
Book's Jury President

Art critic and independant expository Commissioner, he is the author of several books including Féminin/ Masculin. Le sexe de l’art (1995), Marcel Duchamp. La vie à crédit (2007), 53 oeuvres qui (m’) ébranlèrent le monde. Une lecture intempestive de l’art du XXe siècle (2010) and Magritte (2016). He is currently preparing a biography of Francis Picabia. Among his numerous expositions : Je ne crois pas aux fantômes, mais j’en ai peur, La Force de l’art (Grand Palais, Paris, 2006), On dirait le sud, cartographies sentimentales et documentaires (C.R.A.C. Sète, 2007) and 43795 M2 - Fabrice Hyber (C.R.A.C, Sète, 2015). He taught art history and esthetism at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris Cergy from 1985 to 2014.

Cristian Mungiu
Film's Jury President

Romanian film director, his first movie Occident/ West has been awarded in 2002 at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of Cannes. Then, in 2007, his second movie 4 mois, 3 semaines et 2 jours receives the Palme d’Or at Cannes' Festival, and also prices of Best Movie and Best Director from the European Film Academy. Back at Cannes in 2009 as a scenarist, producer and co-director, he presents the episodic and collective movie Tales from the Golden Age. Then, in 2012, he presents as a scenarist and director Beyond the Hills. which receives the prices of Best Scenario and Best Actress. Baccalauréat is his fifth movie shown in Cannes, awarded by the price of Best Director in 2016.

Eric Mangion

He is the director of the Art Center of the Villa Arson since 2006. He has been director of the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur from 1993 to 2005 in which he focused a part of his collection on evolutive works. Commissioner or co-commissaire of numerous expositions including Self in Material Conscience (Fondation Sandretto, Turino, 2002), Artur Barrio (University of Philadelphia, 2006), Recommencer, Commencer de nouveau la peinture de Gérard Gasiorowski (Carré d’art de Nîmes, 2010) or Modules - Thomas Teurlai, Vivien  Roubaud et Tatiana Wolska (Palais de Tokyo, 2014). He was also artistic director of the toulousian festival Printemps de Septembre in 2010, artistic advisor of the Festival Live at Vancouver in 2011 and presides the festival Actoral in Marseille since June 2017. He prepares for 2019 a demonstration about sound poetry at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and an exhibition with Pauline Curnier Jardin and Marie Losier at the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Paris). He is also the co-founder de la platform Switch on Paper.

Valérie Mréjen

From an art school, she is from the beginning interested by the various ways of expression in order to explore better language possibilities. She starts by editing a few books of artists before shooting her first video clips. Her works were the object of many expositions in France an abroad, especially at the Jeu de Paume in 2008. She realized several documentary short films (Pork and Milk 2004, Valvert 2008) and a fictional feature film - En ville - co-realized with Bertrand Schefer and selected at the  Quinzaine des réalisateurs at Cannes in 2011. She published Mon grand-père (1999), L’Agrume (2001), Eau sauvage (2004) at Allia Editions, and Forêt noire (2012), Troisième personne (2017) at P.O.L.

Léa Bismuth

She is a writer, art critic (especially in Artpress since 2006) and independent exposition commissioner. Her pratique of exposition commissioner, as a writing gesture, mixes literature and contemporary art, opening a field of experimentation. That is in this perspective that we should understand her curatorial research program that she initiated at Labanque de Béthune with a thirty artists : La Traversée des Inquiétudes (according to Georges Bataille, 2016-2019). This research was accompanied by the publish of three complete supplements  of Artpress dedicated to each exhibition and which will give rise to a book of collective artists under her direction (Filigranes editions, 2019). We can also quote her work for the Nouvelles Vagues of the Palais de Tokyo (Bruissements, 2013), Les Rencontres d’Arles 2017 and 2018, Les Tanneries d’Amilly (L’Éternité par les Astres, 2017) or Le BAL (Clément Cogitore/ Braguino ou la communauté impossible, 2017).

Valérie Jacquet

Responsible of the Galerie du Jour agnes b. and its bookshop, Virginie Jacquet has always evolved in the world of contemporary art and art books. She previously led the specialized bookshop OMR Ediciones in Mexico city, and worked with the European house of photography, the FIAC, Paris Photo as well as different french and internationales galleries : Laurent Godin Gallery, Semiose Gallery, Magnin-A, Paula Cooper, Yossi Milo....

Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux

Now an artist, he was first known in the performance world which he has became historian, with his book l'Acte pour l'art (Publishers Evidant, 1988 ; new publishing Al Dante, 2004). He since published a dozen of essays, the last of which being Twist tropiques (éd. Loevenbruck and Yellow Now, 2013). Since 2003, he regularly exposes at the Loevenbruck Gallery which represents him in Paris. He also, among others, participated at the exhibitions Notre Histoire (Palais de Tokyo, 2006), La Force de l’art 02 (Grand Palais, 2009), Une forme pour toute action (Printemps de septembre, 2010), Les Maîtres du désordre (Musée du quai Branly, 2012), Le Surréalisme et l’objet (MNAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2013). A retrospective at the Villa Tamaris, Esprit es-tu là ?, has been dedicated to him in 2016, accompanied by a monographic catalogue (Dilecta and Loevenbruck publishers).

Eduard Escoffet

Poet, he has worked on the different facets of poetry (visual and written poetry, installations, oral poetry, poetic action), but focused his mind on sound poetry and poetry reading. In addition to be involved in the Barcelonian countercultural scene, he also played in poetry festivals and events everywhere in Europe, China, United States, South Africa and in numerous Latin America countries.

He is the co-founder of the Projectes Poètics Sense Títol plateforme. From 2010 to 2012, he as been co-director of Barcelona Poesia, international festival of poetry in Barcelona. He also has been, from 2000 to 2004, director of PROPOSTA, a sound and contemporary poetry festival at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. He published the poetry books Gaire (2012), El terra i el cel (2013) et Menys i tot (LaBreu, 2017), and the artist book Estrampsavec Evru (2011).

He also realized two disks with the electronic music bands Pols (2012) and Escala (2015). He also produced for the MACBA (Barcelona 2005), with Eugeni Bonet, the movies series Coming Soon on this Screen : Letterist Cinema, between Discrepancy et Revolt. He his the co-author of the plays Wamba va ! (2005), Puaj./ Ecs. (2005) and La Belbel Underground (2006).

Books awarded during FILAF 2018



Philip Guston : Nixon Drawings. 1971 & 1975

by Musa Mayer and Debra Bricker Balken

Hauser & Wirth, Switzerland, 2017



Architecture of Counterrevolution : 

The French Army in Northern Algeria

by Samia Henni

gta Verlag, Switzerland, 2017



Guy de Cointet - Théâtre complet 
by Hugues Decointet, François Piron, Marilou Thiébault
Paraguay Press, France, 2017



5 maisons

by Dominique Ehrhard

Les grandes personnes, France, 2017



Architecture of Counterrevolution : 

The French Army in Northern Algeria

by Samia Henni

gta Verlag, Switzerland, 2017


Sally Mann, a thousand crossings

by Sarah Kennel,

Abrams, USA, 2018


Kalamata : La cuisine, la famille et la Grèce
by Martin Bruno and Julia Sammut, Editions Keribus, 2017


Johan Maelwael. Nijmegen - Paris - Dijon. Art around 1400

by Pieter Roelofs

Nai010, Netherlands, 2017


Philip Guston : Nixon Drawings. 1971 & 1975

by Musa Mayer and Debra Bricker Balken

Hauser & Wirth, Switzerland, 2017


Handbook of tyranny

by Theo Deutinger

Lars Muller, Switzerland, 2018


Ni noires, ni blanches : Histoire des musiques créoles

by Bertrand Dicale

éditions La Rue Musicale, France, 2017


5 maisons

by Dominique Ehrhard

Les grandes personnes, France, 2017


Le monde de Topor

by Laurence Engel, Frédéric Pajak et alli.

Les cahiers dessinés, France, 2017


Maternité. Mères et enfants dans les arts d’Afrique

by Herbert M. Cole

Fonds Mercator, Belgique, 2017

Films awarded during FILAF 2018





by Louise Lemoine and Ila Bêka, 2017, 107' (FR). Prod. : Bêka & Partners

First screening in France




by Andres Veil, 2017, 107’ (DE). Prod. : Zero one film in co-production, Terz Filmproduktion, SWR/ARTE, WDR


Une poétique de l'habiter

by Caroline Alder and Damien Faure, 2018, 60' (FR). Prod. : Caroline Alder et Damien Faure

First worldwide screening




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