In French theaters march 16, 2022
Shooting Q1 2021

Notre-Dameon fire

A film byJean-Jacques Annaud
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On April 15 and 16, 2019, Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral caught fire. Were you there? We are looking for all authentic videos taken on the premises and surroundings testifying to the chaos and the emotion that this event caused.


An immersive narrative with
firefighters at the heart of the action.

NOTRE-DAME ON FIRE offers a blow-by-blow recreation of the gripping events that took place on April 15, 2019, when the cathedral suffered the biggest blaze in its history. The film retraces how heroic men and women put their lives on the line to accomplish an awe-inspiring rescue.


An riveting film using the latest and technologies Imax and Atmos to bring this historic event to life. In the center of the action for a cinematic experience never seen before.



The feature film we are preparing
has a dual objective: documentary accuracy and cinematic grandeur.

A tribute full of images.

The guiding principle is to recreate the April 15 fire using archive footage taken that fateful night together with images no one was able to film as the tragedy unfolded, shot in huge sets rebuilt in replica. We will deliver the excitement and emotion of silver-screen entertainment, buttressed by a historian’s exacting discipline. The film, shot in French, is intended for large screens around the world equipped with state-of-the-art image and sound technology.

An immersive narrative at the heart of the action.

The narrative focuses on the 24 hours ending at sunrise on April 16. It retraces the challenge emergency services faced due to a delay in sounding the alert, as well as the struggle to get personnel and equipment through Paris rush-hour traffic and the throngs of onlookers. It continues with the firefighters’ perilous combat against a monster fire, over which – by the end of the night – expertise and bravery won out.

Heroic firefighters.

The fire in Notre-Dame not only shook the world, but it also enabled France, recently tormented by long months of doubt and fear, once again to be proud of the skill, coolheadedness and devotion of those who took part in rescuing the cathedral: its firefighters, of course, but also the police, architects, heritage curators, all of the agencies and professionals involved.

Jean-Jacques Annaud

march 16, 2022