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Briga, the forgotten city- David Geoffroy | Documentary

Mysterious ruins rise up in the middle of a Norman forest, the place is called “Bois l’Abbé”, near the town of Eu.

In the 19th century, the first archaeological research on site suggested the existence of an enormous Roman sanctuary.

In the early 2000, while the area was being regularly plundered, the archaeologist Etienne Mantel undertook new archeological excavations.

Year after year, they are continuously surprised, the site gradually reveals it’s secrets and Etienne Mantel ’s first intuition that a forgotten Roman town was hidden under the forrest is confirmed : an authentic city reappears.

Spectacular discoveries follow one another until a breakthrough that many archaeologists dream of: the name of the unknown city at last revealed, BRIGA.

Awards :

Audience award - 12e Festival International du Film d’Archéologie de Nyon 2021

Special jury's prize- 12e Festival International du Film d’Archéologie de Nyon 2021

Production :

Court-jus Production - France Télévisions / France 3 Normandie

With the support of :

CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée

Ministère de la Culture / DRAC Normandie, Service Régional de l’Archéologie

Scientific advisors : Etienne Mantel et Jonas Parétias

Documentary - 52 minutes

Director : David Geoffroy

Original Music : Scott Buckley

Voice over : Elsa Maure

Camera : David Geoffroy

Editor : Marie Estelle Dieterle

Sound mixing : Audrey Daram

With Etienne Mantel, Stéphane Dubois, Jonas Parétias, Pierre-Manuel Weill, Victor Viquesnel-Schlosser et Bruno Gavazzi.

Produced by Caroline Chassaing

Délégué à l’antenne et aux programmes France 3 Normandie : Vincent Robert

Technical information :

Title : Briga

Year of production : 2020

Production : Court-jus Production

Director : David Geoffroy

Format : Full HD

Duration : 52 min

Available with English subtitles


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