06th - 11th October 2016
bande annonce

The Empire of Scents

Thursday 01st October 2015 from 16h00 to 18h00
Salle 1 / Auditorium
Session for general audience

Directed by
Kim Nguyen
Produced by
Lowik Media

Documentary, Canada, 2014, 90 min

French Premiere. Competition Grand Ecran
Will be screened again : Saturday 03rd October 2015 from 10h30 to 12h30

This unique film embarks on a kaleidoscopic portrait of what is the sense of smell, exploring the rarest of saffrons, exotic perfumes, follows Italian truffle hunters as they explain the aphrodisiac powers of the praised mushroom. Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the smell of space, food molecule expert François Chartier talks about the sound of flavors, and Guido, a metaphysical perfumer who has created the scent of a woman, explains how his perfume came to be.

The film also talks about whale poop, also known as ambergris, the rare and expensive substance that gives perfumes their seductive animalistic odor.


Debate with :

  • Lucie Tremblay, Producer
  • Jan Roeloffs, Jupiter Films Distributor
  • Dr. P Diter, Organic fluorine chemistry Lecturer, UVSQ
  • Pr. Olivier Taboureau, University Professor Therapeutic molecules in silico ( MTI ), Inserm UMR -S 973, Université Paris Diderot