Meeting with Lysiane Bourdi et Jean Claude Véniel

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Can you introduce yourself ?

Lysiane :
I am a native of the city of Tonneins, I am 59 years old. I am director of the cinema Le Rex in Tonneins, managed in association. In 1993, I started filming as a housekeeper and cashier part time and over the years, passionate, my duties have evolved considerably. I blossom in my work thanks to the relational aspect that I can maintain with particular directors, but also by the diversity of my job, very versatile. Indeed, I manage the account, the secretariat but I also do the projection of the film, the reception and the cashing of the public ... I set up the animations and I approach the producers, the directors or the actors likely to come to meet the public ... All this is very rewarding and possible because we are a motivated team !
We also have a lot of work to do with our programmer based in St Jean de Luz. He offers us films but on the other hand we are also asking for some films to set up parallel animations with speakers. Today it is rather complicated to have films because the distributors ask more and more projections and we have only two rooms ... However, we manage to diffuse very diversified films.
My career is coming to an end as I will be retired in 3 years. But it was a very beautiful adventure.

Jean Claude : I was born abroad in 1954, in Morocco. My father is from Amiens but never wanted to return to this city. Thus, when we left Morocco in 1958 we settled in Aiguillon because my father appreciated the region. I spent all my childhood and my adolescence. As an adult, I went to work in Amiens. I worked for 20 years in psychiatry, then 10 years at the National Education as Technical Advisor.
As soon as I left the professional environment, we settled in Clairac, my wife and myself. And very quickly, I took care of the cinema of Tonneins, I am president for 12 years. I am also for 8 years president of cinemas « of proximity » of all the Lot and Garonne, Screens 47. And being very involved in the professional cinematographic life I sits in Paris at the National Federation of French Cinemas where I represent « the small exploitation ». I am also part of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema (Césars).

Why the Val de Garonne ?
Lysiane :
For me it’s obvious, I was born in Tonneins, my roots are here. My life was made along the river, along Dame Garonne. For me it’s the thread of my life, it’s my landmark.
Jean Claude :
For my roots, because I arrived here at the age of 4, it’s a region where I feel good, there is a kind of possible communion here with the people who live there ... it’s a bit mystical .

What places in Val de Garonne would you recommend ?
Lysiane :
The Roches de Reculay is a site that represents for me personal things, it’s my refuge is my place of meditation and I think that people today do not take the time to ask and appreciate what they have around them ... so I share this place so that other people realize the magic of this place.
Jean Claude :
The canal, for walks that can be done all along, on the greenway.

What is a nice meeting on our territory ?
Lysiane :
The day we met and met the godfather of the cinema, Bernard Lecoq in 2008. This was for us a very fruitful, exceptional meeting. He is a character, a gentleman very calm, very welcoming and coming back, he promised !
Jean Claude :
Choosing only one person would be complicated ! I made a multitude of beautiful encounters.

If the Val de Garonne was a color ?
Lysiane :
Yellow for sunflowers and sun.
Jean Claude :
The green.

If the Val de Garonne was a season ?
Lysiane :
Summer with sunflowers.
Jean Claude :
Spring and autumn, because these are seasons that affect me, especially by colors.

If the Val de Garonne was a country ?
Lysiane :
England because of this diverse nature and the rain of her last days !
Jean Claude :
Italy, Tuscany for its gentle landscape and rounded hills.

If the Val de Garonne was a tree ?
Lysiane :
The weeping willow.
Jean Claude :
The oak because it is a tree that can be counted and the magnolia for its beautiful flowers.

If Val de Garonne was a utopia ?
Lysiane :
That well-being and tranquility are everywhere.
Jean Claude :
That we keep our sweetness of life that we keep our state of mind, our values. That we preserve our quality of life.

If the Val de Garonne was a movie ?
Lysiane :
Life is a long calm river.
Jean Claude :
Small handkerchiefs for family, friends...
ivialité ...

If the Val de Garonne was tasty ?
Lysiane :
The strawberry, without any whipped cream, nature.
Jean Claude :
Fries cooked with duck fat and melon.

If the Val de Garonne was an animal ?
Lysiane :
Shad.
Jean Claude :
The horse because it’s so beautiful to see in a pasture ...

If there was only one photo to make the Val de Garonne destination, which one would it be ?
Lysiane :
Garonne.
Jean Claude :
The Garonne Canal with its bridges.

The best holiday memory ?
Lysiane :
Hendaye family at the beach. The memory of camping and fruitful fishing. I remember very well the distribution, with the campers of the campsite, of these fishes caught ! It was excellent !
Jean Claude :
When we bought our house in Clairac, the children were small, the house was fully restored, we did everything on our own, during the holidays. Unforgettable moments of conviviality, and so many happy memories with our little family.

Cinema The Rex of Tonneins