13 October 2021

Alick and Albert : the film in preview in St-Tropez

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On Wednesday 13 October 2021, the documentary film “Alick and Albert”, directed by Douglas Watkin, opened the 23rd edition of the Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma des Antipodes de Saint-Tropez in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and several personalities.

The event in pictures

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, with Bernard Bories, President of Cinema des Antipodes, talks about his meeting with Alick Tipoti just before the screening of the film ©Philippe Fitte. Monaco Explorations

Ms Siri, Mayor of St-Tropez, presents H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco with the book "St-Tropez: rêve éternel" by Jean-Louis Chaix ©Philippe Fitte - Monaco Explorations

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco surrounded by the following personalities. On his right; Mr Bernard Bories, President of Cinema des Antipodes, Ms Greta Morgon Elangué, President of the Jury, Ms Sonia Rolland, actress and member of the Jury. On his left; Ms Sylvie Siri, Mayor of St-Tropez, Mr Samuel Le Bihan, actor, Ms Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, actress and member of the Jury, Mr Robert Calcagno, CEO of the Oceanographic Institute and Managing Director of Monaco Explorations ©Philippe Fitte - Monaco Explorations

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco in front of the poster of the film "Alick & Albert" at the Renaissance theater, Place des Lices, St-Tropez, on October 13th 2021, evening of the preview. On his right, Mr Robert Calcagno, CEO of the Oceanographic Institute, Foundation Albert I, Prince of Monaco and on his left, Mr Bernard Bories, President of Cinema des Antipodes ©Philippe Fitte - Monaco Explorations

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco surrounded by the members of the Festival jury, from left to right: Mr Bernard Bories, President of Cinema des Antipodes, Ms Greta Morgon Elangué, President of the jury, Ms Sonia Rolland, actress and member of the jury, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Ms Sylvie Siri, Mayor of St-Tropez and the other members of the jury: Ms Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, actress, Mr Gérard Krawczyk, film director, Mr Hughes Peysson, distributor ©Philippe Fitte - Monaco Explorations

Preview of Alick and Albert, Saint Tropez, 23rd Festival of Cinéma des Antipodes. From left to right: H.E. Mr Laurent Stefanini, Ambassador of France to Monaco, H.E. Ms Gillian Bird, Australian Ambassador to France and Monaco, Mr Bernard Bories, President of Cinema des Antipodes, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Ms Sylvie Siri, Mayor of St-Tropez, Mr. Jack Hawke, representing Ms Trish Lake of Freshwater Pictures, Mr Robert Calcagno, CEO of the Oceanographic Institute, Albert I Prince of Monaco Foundation and Managing Director of Monaco Explorations ©Philippe Fitte - Monaco Explorations.

Façade of the Renaissance theater, Place des Lices, St-Tropez, 13 October 2021 © Didier Théron - Monaco Explorations.

From left to right: Ms Leila Elling, President of the Association of Friends of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Mr Robert Calcagno, Managing Director of Monaco Explorations, Ms Sylvie Siri, Mayor of St-Tropez ©Philippe Fitte - Monaco Explorations

Reception of the first guests at the Jean Despas Hall, where the photographic exhibition "Badu Island", evoking Monaco Explorations mission and the visit of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco in November 2018 to the Torres Strait, at the invitation of Alick Tipoti ©Philippe Fitte - Monaco Explorations

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The film retraces the relationship and exchanges between H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Australian artist Alick Tipoti. An unlikely friendship was born after the exhibition “Taba Naba: Australia, Oceania, arts of the peoples of the sea” at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 2016 and those that followed on Badu Island, in the Torres Strait in northern Australia in 2018, as part of a mission by Explorations de Monaco, then in Monaco in 2019.

EDM-Mission-Badu-Island_Nov-2018 ©Ariel Fuchs - Monaco Explorations
November 2018, Badu Island. Artist Alick Tipoti and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco exchange thoughts on the state of the world © Ariel Fuchs. Monaco Explorations.

The film explores the intersection of art, science and nature through a constructive and respectful exchange between two men, two worlds, two models of society. It questions the diversity of Man’s relationship with Nature in today’s world and transmits a universal message in favour of peace, tolerance and harmony between Humanity and the Ocean.

 

Badu Island, Torres Straight, Australia ©Ariel Fuchs - Monaco Explorations
Badu Island, Torres Strait, Australia. Aerial view ©Ariel Fuchs - Monaco Explorations

Private screenings

The world premiere of the film will occur at the Brisbane International Film Festival in Australia prior to its release in Australian cinemas. Pending the possibility to organize the international premiere on the occasion of a European or North American festival and schedule the theatrical release outside Australia accordingly, the film is being shown in private screenings by invitation, in particular at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco and at the Maison des Océans in Paris.