The Ideal Palace

  • Screening Dates: 1st August, 6pm  //  8th August, 8pm
  • Starring: Jacques Gamblin, Laetitia Casta
  • Directed by: Nils Tavernier
  • Running time: 105 mins
  • Rating: M
  • Language: French with English subtitles


The story begins in the South of France in 1879. Ferdinand Cheval is a reserved and quiet man. A rural postman, he enjoys the solitude of his 20-mile rounds, daydreaming about a world full of wonder and beauty that he can only glimpse through postcards and magazines. After the birth of Alice, his daughter, he has a revelation: he will build a palace to turn her into a princess. With no architectural background, driven by his love for Alice and the unconditional support of his wife, Philomène, Ferdinand Cheval will turn his vision into a reality with his bare hands, dedicating 33 challenging years to the construction of the Ideal Palace, which was classified as a historical monument in 1969 and is considered to be the first cultural landmark of native art.