THE FILM « VERDON SECRET 3D » A SENSATIONAL EXPERIENCE GUARANTEED !
« VERDON SECRET 3D » DAILY PROJECTION ON A GIANT SCREEN IN GREOUX-LES-BAINS
The film-shooting was a real challenge due to the difficult access to most locations demanding long walks with the equipment, some spots even required climbing. The outcome is « astonishing » ! Directed by François Bertrand in 3 dimensions, « VERDON SECRET 3D » will take you to the heart of the greatest canyons of Europe to discover « Les Gorges du Verdon » like no one ever had before. Daily projections on the giant screen of the Ecociné Verdon in Gréoux-les-Bains, « VERDON SECRET 3D » will soon appear on screens all over France, and abroad, in cinema halls equipped with IMAX technology. The film is inspired by the real story of the adventurous exploration of the Verdon grand canyon in 1905…
ON THE TRAIL OF THE CANYON’S PIONEERS, AN ADVENTURE WORTHY OF JULES VERNES !
Based on the encounter of two opposite persons in the canyon, « VERDON SECRET 3D » relates the story of Hidalgo who decides to experience, a 100 years later, the descent of the Verdon canyons on the track of Edouard Alfred Martel, pioneer and 1st speleologist.
Hidalgo, a cabinetmaker, makes a replica of the original canoe and takes off equipped like the pioneers of the Verdon.
Before long, he realises how irrational and dangerous the expedition is. He will meet a young girl, Clara, of African origin, modern and connected, his opposite, and who embodies a guardian angel.
He will try to communicate his passion for Martel and the extraordinary personalities who were the pioneers of the canyons, but the events will provoke an unexpected end.
« VERDON SECRET 3D» occurs during two periods and reveals throughout the story, which is based on authentic facts, the wonders of the Verdon, parts of which have stayed inaccessible to the general public till today, since no path allows one to discover the last stretch before the lake, only known to mountaineers and experienced kayak athletes. It is an invitation to the discovery of the canyons, which attracts 1,5 million tourists every year.
AN « UNUSUAL » FILM-SHOOTING ENHANCING A NEW APPROACH TO THE VERDON
The idea of « VERDON SECRET 3D » germinated in Jean-Marc Paris’ – President of the Ecociné Verdon – mind in 1995. Jean-Marc Paris is a keen mountaineer and climber, While visiting the Colorado Grand Canyon he discovered the spectacular documentary film on a giant screen, the « Colorado, Hidden Secrets ». Twenty years later he achieved his dream by co-producing the film « VERDON SECRET 3D » with film-director and producer François Bertrand. Jean-Marc comments : « My wish has been that the spectators would grip to the armrests of their seats while watching the film VERDON SECRET 3D ! ». It was a considerable challenge to both technical and human capabilities.Almost two tonnes of material were transported on rafts, twelve kayak and mountain experts accompanied the film-team on twenty shooting locations, some were reached after a four hour hike daily from the nearest route, others had to be reached by rafting or climbing. The bet was taken up, and won, « VERDON SECRET 3D » fascinates with its grandiose landscapes and its history.
AN EXCEPTIONAL SITE
The Verdon canyons are situated in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, straddling two Départements, Alpes de Haute-Provence (04) and the Var (05). A unique site in Europe, through which runs a green-emerald coloured river, the Verdon. The river springs up near the Col d’Allos, in the mountain range of the « Trois Evêchés » and flows into the Durance near Vinon-sur-Verdon after crossing 175 kilometres of the territory, a 100 of which in the canyons. The Verdon, becoming a protected natural site in 1990, includes more than 2500 climbing paths and the canyons attract hikers and canoe/kayak amateurs, paragliders, and where rafting, elastic-jumping and canyoning are practiced.
A FILM-SHOOTING RESPECTFUL TO THE RENVIRONMENT
Jean-Marc Paris meets two targets with « VERDON SECRET 3D », promoting the area of the Verdon and awakening environmental consciousness. Completely immersed in the territory and its history, the touristic approach of « VERDON SECRETS 3D » formed the subject of the « Ecotournage » charter due to which, and with the help of the partnership with the Regional Nature Parc of the Verdon, 1% of the returns are donated to the association « 1% pour le Verdon » whose aim is to develop intelligent tourism in the Verdon (cf page 6). In partnership with the Parc Naturel du Verdon and the Tourist Office of Gréoux-les-Bains a map, inspired by the movie, was drawn showing the best sites to visit, called « discover the best sites of the film » , offering an experience to prolong the adventure and living it for real. Excursions with local guides depart from the Ecociné Verdon in Gréoux to take you on the track of Martel and the boxwood gatherers.
ECOCINÉ VERDON, THE LIFE-SIZE CINEMA
The place to be for cultural events and the promotion of the territory, ECOCINÉ VERDON is above all a place for artistic discovery. Besides the projections of « VERDON SECRET 3D », namely 800 every year, the movie hall is showing current movies classified as « Art et d’Essai », with high quality sound and image. The Ecociné Verdon and its premises offer the possibility of organising events in the presence of actors and film-directors, with the ambition of becoming an inevitable stop when visiting the lakes and the canyons of the Verdon.
GRÉOUX-LES-BAINS, A VILLAGE IN THE PROVENCE, THE GATEWAY TO THE VERDON CANYONS
The ideal starting point to discover the charms of the Provence and the Regional Nature Park of the Verdon, Gréoux-les-Bains, a typical village of the Provence with multiple facets, is situated between the Verdon and the Luberon, it is also on the crossroad of four départements : Var, Vaucluse, Bouches-du-Rhône and Alpes de Haute-Provence. It is well known for its thermal waters (3rd thermal station in France), and therefore was described by the author Jean Giono as the « romantic oasis of the Verdon ». Offering multiple facilities and infrastructure, for example the « Centre des Congrès » where seminars and conferences are held; hotels and other touristic facilities; tour guides; open air activities; Gréoux benefits of a long touristic season stretching from March to end November.
THE PARTNERS OF THE FILM « VERDON SECRET 3D », THE REGIONAL NATURE PARC OF THE VERDON AND THE ASSOCIATION « 1% POUR LE VERDON »
Under the initiative of the president of the regional nature park, Bernard Clap, and the president of Ecociné Jean-Marc Paris, a pioneering partnership was put in place with the association « 1% Pour le Verdon », namely 1% of each entry ticket to the film « VERDON SECRET 3D » is donated to the association with the aim of improving the tourism infrastructure and security in the canyons of the Verdon. In addition, ahead of every screening, a 90 second clip is shown promoting the Verdon sites and appealing for the preservation of the Verdon environment and its canyons.
« VERDON SECRET 3D » : 20 film-shooting locations. / one month film-shooting // 4 years locating sites // 50 minutes movie // 12 kayak experts and mountaineers // 3 rafts for equipment transport to filming locations // a 1,5 million budget // 900 projections of « VERDON SECRET 3D » foreseen per year in the Ecocine Verdon, Gréoux-les-Bains.
THE VERDON GRAND CANYON : 36 km long dominated by up to 700m high rocks // 1,5 million visitors per year.