The Ideal Palace of the title is a handmade building. It was begun in 1897 by one man, supported by a superhumanly patient wife. Ferdinand Cheval was a village postman when he struck on the idea, soon to become a life consuming obsession, of creating a palace to honour his infant daughter. Cheval worked alone, often at night by lantern, and had no training in building or architecture at all. Director Nils Tavernier and his writers don't shy away from the human cost of Cheval's folly, or from the obsessiveness – at times madness – that drove it.
Dir Nils Tavernier
Stars Jacques Gamblin, Laetitia Casta, Bernard Le Coq, Florence Thomassin
France, 2019, 1hr 44mins
In French language with English subtitles
Tuesday 12 November 7.30pm