The Royal Abbey of Moncel disguises itself as a movie theater for one night...

On Friday 21 September, the Royal Abbey of Moncel in Pontpoint (60) will be the scene of a screening of the film A Very Long Engagement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Abbaye royale de Moncel
Abbaye royale de Moncel - Photo Flickr by Patrick

A very popular filming location that becomes an open-air cinema for one night, that’s what awaits the Royal Abbey of Moncel. More than 80 films and series have been shot in this former place of worship.

Les Liaisons dangereuses, Arsène Lupin, Christ(off) and Versailles are all works that have chosen this abbey as a setting. It was founded in 1309 by Philip IV the Fair (1268-1314) and for more than 400 years, from 1337 to the French Revolution, it hosted a community of sisters. Restored and preserved in a state close to the original, the Royal Abbey of Moncel is today animated by the Club du Vieux Manoir.

The association allows the public to visit the site, to rent it for various events or to take part in the restoration work, as the property extends over nearly 6 hectares.

It is with this in mind that the Club is hosting a film screening for A Very Long Engagement. Why this one in particular? One of the scenes in the film was shot in the abbey. In this one, Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is looking for all possible clues to find Manech (Gaspard Ulliel). She manages to trace a sick soldier in the hospital in Rennes, who was in the trenches with her fiancé. Their discussion takes place in the abbey’s cellar, used in the feature film as a hospital for soldiers.

A great opportunity for the inhabitants of the Oise and the surrounding area to experience a film session in the heart of a film location, thinking back with emotion to all those cameras that immortalized this place.

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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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