Europe Images International restores and remasters three of Jacques Cousteau’s feature films in high definition

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Boulogne-Billancourt, September 29, 2009

To mark the centenary of the birth of Captain Jacques Cousteau in 2010 and to contribute to the long-term survival of France’s cinematographic heritage, Europe Images International / M5, the Lagardère Entertainment subsidiary responsible for audiovisual distribution, has embarked on restoring and remastering three full-length feature films from its catalogue in high definition.

Sixty years after the Calypso’s first expedition to the Red Sea, the experiment in living under the sea made famous by the film World Without Sun – which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1964 – and the success of the film The Silent World – which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956 and an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1957 – Europe Images International / M5 is planning to enable viewers to relive these unique experiences in high definition. The new versions will be available in the first half of 2010.

Three exceptional full-length feature films restored and remastered in HD:

  • The World of Silence (1956): Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956 and an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1957. This first full-length feature film, the result of a collaboration with Louis Malle, made a permanent mark on the world of documentary film-making with its exceptional, previously unseen underwater images.
  • World Without Sun (1963): Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1964. The Precontinent Experiment. A chance for seven men who lived underwater for a month to explore two new dimensions of marine exploration: depth and duration.
  • Voyage to the End of the World (1975): the four-month expedition to the Antarctic made by Captain Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso was the most hazardous but also the most exciting of all their adventures.

Press contacts:

Lagardère Entertainment:
Guillaume Diaz - +33 (0)1 40 74 78 86 - guillaume.diaz@lagardere-active.com
Emilie Banaszuk - +33 (0)1 40 74 77 52 - ebanaszuk@lagardere.fr

About Europe Images International / M5
Europe Images International/M5, run by Frank Soloveicik, is one of the largest centres for audiovisual distribution in Europe. Its catalogue covers the full range of genres: drama, animated films, documentaries, live entertainment and full-length feature films. Its richness and diversity are ensured by the partnerships it has developed with both French and international producers. With an established presence in all markets in the sector, it works with a comprehensive range of distribution partners both in France and abroad, including television channels (terrestrial, digital, cable etc.), DVD producers and new media (VoD platforms, mobile phone operators, etc.)

About Lagardère Entertainment
Created in 2008 and chaired by Arnaud Molinié, Lagardère Entertainment is a Lagardère Active company, covering the full range of audiovisual production, live entertainment and artistic rights management activities for the Lagardère Group. The second-largest audiovisual production group (drama, streaming and animation) in France for production, with Angel, Atlantique, Aubes-Telmondis, DEMD, Electron Libre, GMT, Image & Compagnie, Léo Vision, Maximal, Merlin, and Timoon, M5/EuropeImages for distribution and Editions Musicales François 1er, Lagardère Entertainment is now a major player in the production and management of artistic content.

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