La Maison de la Radio is a vibrant portrait of Radio France, that nation's equivalent of NPR or the BBC. Housed in the heart of Paris, it is a hive of activity, home to thousands of people dedicated to creating beauty and meaning. Sharply observant director Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have, In the Land of the Deaf) samples the vast array of pursuits, from news to interviews, all kinds of music, drama, sports, history and entertainment. An experienced news producer coaches a new recruit; an interviewer asks novelist Umberto Eco, "Do you identify with your despicable hero?"; a live audience for a quiz show urges the contestant to risk all; a sports reporter covers the Tour de France strapped on the back of a motorbike racing down the course; an audio engineer captures the murmuring sounds of a forest; late at night an experimental musician creates a weird "soundscape" from instruments he made. Rich with captivating personalities and vivid moments, and spiced with humor and passion, this lively portrait of a beloved cultural institution will be especially fascinating to fans of NPR. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

Director:

Nicolas Philibert

Cast:

Caroline Ostermann, Angélique Boulon, Patrick Cohen, Maia Vidal, Alain Bedout, Jean-Claude Carriere, Frédéric Lodéon

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 39mins

Release Year:

2013

Country Of Origin:

France