Le Palais Idéal

Le Palais Idéal

Ideální palác

  • Ado Kyrou
  • France
  • 1958, 16 min
Script: Ferdinand Cheval
Photography: Pierre Mandrin, Jean Gonnet
Editing: Marguerite Duchesne
Sound: Studio Marignan
Music: André Hodeir
Producer, Co-producer: Laurence films
Color: Black and white
Language: French

This unique documentary is an ode to the Postman Cheval’s Ideal Palace, which Ferdinand Cheval built in Hauterives, France, between 1879 and 1912. The structure celebrates nature, intermingling influences from the Bible, Hinduism, and the ancient Egyptian religion. Cheval’s inspiration to build this creation came to him in a dream.


Ado Kyrou wrote Le Surréalisme au cinéma (1953), possibly the most famous and influential book about surrealism. Thanks to André Breton, he contributed articles to the magazine Le Surréalisme, même. Kyrou, of Greek origin, is considered to be a French director.

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Festival edition: 2015
Sections: Surrealism
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles
Simultaneous interpreting: cz
28.10.2015 16:30


The leitmotif of this year’s edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF will be memory