5th edition of the Ciné-Notes festival dedicated to ‘French Cinema’

After a successful 4th edition in 2022 (read summary article), the Ciné-Notes festival is back with a new edition to be held from 20 to 31 March 2023 in Bordeaux, France, under the auspices of the Opéra National de Bordeaux.


This 5th edition, entitled ‘CINÉMA FRANÇAIS’ and focusing on the great directors and composers of French cinema, will dedicate its main symphonic concerts to two-time Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, who will take up the baton to conduct his music in Bordeaux.

5th edition of the Ciné-Notes festival dedicated to ‘French Cinema’


The festival, which will kick off with a piano recital by the renowned Steinway artist Jean-Michel Bernard, will have the following program:

Monday 20/3/2023 – 20:00h – Jean-Michel Bernard – Piano Recital

Jean-Michel Bernard, film music composer and virtuoso pianist, arranger and conductor of Ray Charles, collaborator of Ennio Morricone and Lalo Schiffrin, offers us a journey through the most beautiful film music of French cinema with a piano recital at the Auditorium of Bordeaux.


From Borsalino to Amélie Poulain and Les Choses de la Vie, Bernard will take us on a personal and captivating journey through the great themes of Michel Legrand, Georges Delerue, Claude Bolling, Francis Lai, Philippe Sarde… among others.


The complete programme will be as follows:

    1. BorSalino — Claude Bolling
    2. Ballade de l’Eleìphant — Vladimir Cosma
    3. Les moulins de mon cœur — Michel Legrand
    4. La chanson d’Héléne — Philippe Sarde
    5. La Rafle (the Roundup) — Jean-Michel Bernard
    6. L’armeìe des ombres — Eric Demarsan
    7. Le vieux fusil — François de Roubaix
    8. La Scoumoune — François de Roubaix
    9. Dernier domicile connu — François de Roubaix
    10. Rabbi Jacob — Vladimir Cosma
    11. Le Grand Restaurant — Jean Marion
    12. A l’aube du 5e jour — Ennio Morricone
    13. La Science des Rêves suite – Piano — Jean-Michel Bernard
    14. Les choristes vois sur ton chemin — Bruno Coulais
    15. Ameìlie Poulain A la valse — Yann Tiersen
    16. Amelie Poulain B comptine d’un autre eìteì — Yann Tiersen
    17. La jeune fille à la perle-Griet’s Theme from Girl with a Pearl Earring — Alexandre Desplat
    18. E.T. — John Williams
    19. Catch me if you can — John Williams
    20. Harry Potter Hedwig’s Theme — John Williams
    21. Je vous ecris Du Plus Lointain De Mes Reves — Jean-Michel Bernard
    22. Marchand d’histoires — Jean-Michel Bernard
    23. Ange et Gabrielle — Jean-Michel Bernard
    24. Le meìpris — Georges delerue
    25. En compagnie de Max — Gérard Calvi
    26. un homme et une femme — Francis Lai
    27. Les malheurs d’Alfred — Vladimir Cosma


Tickets (10-22 €)


Ciné-Notes 2023 - Jean-Michel Bernard


Tuesday 21/2/2023 – 20:30h – Fred Pallem et le Sacre du Tympan play François de Roubaix

The prolific conductor and bassist Fred Pallem, accompanied by his variable geometry orchestra Sacre du Tympan, will take us on a unique sound session to (re)discover the genius of François de Roubaix, this minstrel of sound known for his film scores such as La Scoumoune, Le Samourai, and the Chapi Chapo series.


The concert will be held at Le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, in a co-production between Le Rocher de Palmer and the Bordeaux National Opera.


Tickets (24-27 €):


Ciné-Notes 2023 - Fred Pallem et le Sacre du Tympan


Thursday 23 & Friday 24/3/2023 – 20:00h – Alexandre Desplat

On Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March, the public will be able to enjoy two symphonic concerts with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine conducted by Alexandre Desplat at the Auditorium of Bordeaux.


Winner of the most prestigious international awards (2 Oscars, 3 Césars, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Grammys, etc.), the composer Alexandre Desplat will conduct the music he has written for the films of Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jacques Audiard (Un héros très discret), Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Jonathan Glazer (Birth), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I & II), Peter Webber (Girl With a Pearl Earring), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) & Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer).


The concert will also include the world premiere of a suite from Pinocchio (Gullermo del Toro).

Ciné-Notes 2023 - Alexandre Desplat


Tickets (10-52 €):



Activities around the concert:

    • Wednesday, March 22 at 18:00h: Meeting-conference of the Friends of the ONBA with Benoit Daldin and Alexandre Desplat on his film music at the Grand-Théâtre – 5 € (free for students) (link).


    • Thursday, March 23 at 20:00h: CROUS evening. Film music by Alexandre Desplat in the Auditorium followed by a cocktail in the Sauguet room – 12 € (link).


Saturday 25/3/2023 – 18:00h – Romain Leleu

Symphonic concert with the Orchestre National d’Auvergne conducted by Vanessa Chartrand-Rodrigue and with Romain Leleu on trumpet at the Auditorium of Bordeaux.


The program will include the following pieces:

    • Maurice Jaubert, Interludes
    • Georges Delerue, Concertino for trumpet and strings
    • Ennio Morricone, Esercizi for 10 strings
    • Georges Delerue, Récit et Choral (arrangement for strings by Manuel Doutrelant, world premiere)
    • Nino Rota, Concerto per archi

Tickets (5-27 €):


Ciné-Notes 2023 - Romain Leleu


Saturday 25/3/2023 – 20:00h – La Nouvelle Vague / The New Wave

Symphonic concert with the Orchestre National d’Auvergne conducted by Solrey at the Auditorium of Bordeaux.


The program will be as follows (“NOUVELLES VAGUES” – Direction artistique et musicale SOLREY):

    • Pierrot le fou J.-L. Godard, 1965 – Duhamel / arr. A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Le mépris J.-L. Godard, 1963 – G. Delerue / arr. A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Jules et Jim F. Truffaut, 1962 – G. Delerue / arr. A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Un héros très discret part 3 J. Audiard, 1996 – A. Desplat / arr. A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • La peau douce F. Truffaut, 1964 – G. Delerue / arr. Desplat
    • Peur sur la ville H. Verneuil, 1975 – E. Morricone / arr. A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Sur mes lèvres J. Audiard, 2001 – A. Desplat / arr. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • L’important c’est d’aimer A. Zulawski, 1975 – G. Delerue / arr. A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Un heros très discret part 1 J. Audiard, 1996 – A. Desplat / arr. A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Rocco et ses frères Luchino Visconti, 1961 – Nino Rota / arr A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Romeo et juliette Franco Zeffirelli, 1968 – Nino Rota / arr A. Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Casanova Federico Fellini 1976 – Nino Rota / arr A.Desplat, D. Lemonnier
    • Le Parrain Francis Ford Coppola, 1972 – Nino Rota / arr A. Desplat, D Lemonnier


Tickets (5-27 €):


Ciné-Notes 2023 - La Nouvelle Vague / Solrey


Monday 27/3/2023 – 20:00h – Jean-Marc Montaut Quartet “Tribute to Michel Legrand”

Free concert by the Jean-Marc Montaut Quartet offering a tribute to the music of Michel Legrand at the Salle des fêtes Bordeaux Grand Parc.


Free admission:


Ciné-Notes 2023 - Jean-Marc Montaut Quartet - Michel Legrand


Thursday 30 & Friday 31/3/2023 – 20:00h – Voyage à travers le cinéma Français / A journey through French cinema

Symphonic concerts at the Auditorium of Bordeaux with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine conducted by Bruno Fontaine, who arranged the pieces.


Conceived by Bertrand Tavernier and Stéphane Lerouge, this program traces the history of French film music: Jean-Jacques Grünenwald (La Vérité sur bébé Donge), Maurice Jaubert (14 Juillet), Joseph Kosma (Les Portes de la nuit, La Grande Illusion), Michel Legrand (Rafles sur la ville), Michel Magne (Hymne à l’argent), Paul Misraki (Mr Arkadin), Georges Van Parys (French-can, Madame de…), Jean Wiener (Touchez pas au grisbi), & others.


Tickets (8-37 €):


Ciné-Notes 2023 - Voyage à travers le cinéma Français


This concert will be repeated on Sunday 2 April at The Odyssey Arts Centre in Périgeux.



In addition, on Monday, March 27 at 18:00h, a free conference will be held at the Auditorium of Bordeaux to provide more information about the program and the concert with Stéphane Lerouge and Bruno Fontaine (link).


From SoundTrackFest we would like to congratulate Ciné-Notes and its director Benoit Daldin, who with the support of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, have managed to build a luxury program for a 5th edition full of concerts and very interesting content.


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