Their names are Paul, Tania, William, Mehdi, Anne, Patrick… Some have children, some are single; they live in Paris or in the suburbs, their ages range from 25 to 60 and they work in a variety of professions from the traditional to state-of-the-art… They work in the shadows of the Opéra Bastille, behind the scenes, in the maze of corridors inside this spectacular vessel. The public will never encounter them nor imagine they exist. And yet, if Wagner, Rossini or Mozart return to life, if Robert Carsen, Olivier Py or Michael Hanecke transform their dreams into reality, if Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Sophie Koch or Jonas Kaufman can shine in the limelight, it is through them and thanks to them. They are "the phantoms of the Opera". Anonymous faces? Not in this film! Without these not so “ordinary” people there would be no magic. For the magic to work on the surface, the alchemy has to function deep down! Painters or computer technicians; wigmakers, costume managers; maintenance and hygiene managers; sculptors, carpenters and ironsmiths; audiovisual technicians, administrative and financial assistants; fire safety employees, schedulers, night security staff, protocol manager… Together, these men and women from all backgrounds form a family of professionals with specialised skills and rare expertise. All of them are impassioned, determined, unremitting, perfectionist, creative, and demanding, and all have their doubts, desires and dreams... With each new “season” in their great house, rituals are repeated and passed on from generation to generation… along with new challenges. But together, they are afraid of nothing! Through these slices of life, these heroes of the twilight shadows confide in us and reveal the realities of their world, their day-to-day lives, their relationships, but also their worries, their feelings, their innermost thoughts, their secrets... and their love for a profession in this workplace unlike any other, where, between the droplets of an Elixir of Love, the flight of a Butterfly, the lair of Bluebeard, the charm of Giovanni, the daughters of Lear and the challenges of the Master Singers, they all strive to surpass themselves in order to live up to the imagination and exceptional talents of composers and stage directors alike.
Production compagny : Telmondis
Coproduction compagny : Opéra national de Paris, Gizmo Deluxe
Running Time : 90' / 4x26' / 2x52'
Production Year : 2016
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : 4K, HD