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France 2005. Dir: Philippe Garrel. 183 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT! An understated, achingly intimate ciné-memoir set against the events of May 1968, Philippe Garrel’s Prix Louis-Delluc-winning epic, perhaps his best known work in and outside France, feels like a towering summation of the director’s signature obsessions as a film artist. Touted as an answer-song to Bernardo Bertolucci's sexed-up, similarly themed The Dreamers, this monochrome masterwork stars Garrel’s son Louis (also from Bertolucci's 2003 film) as a Parisian artist and idealist who takes to the barricades during the doomed revolution, then struggles to stave off apathy and remain radical in its aftermath. Louis, playing a version of his father at 20, picked up the César for Most Promising Actor. At Venice, Philippe won a Silver Lion for direction, while his cameraman, the late, great William Lubtchansky (a key collaborator of Godard, Rivette, and Claude Lanzmann), won a Golden Osella for his textural, transportive Academy-ratio cinematography. “Sublimely beautiful” (Michael Chaiken, Film Comment).

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Actua 1
France 1968. Dir: Philippe Garrel. 6 min. DCP

Long thought lost, this newly recovered, on-the-ground portrait of May 1968 is composed of 16mm and 35mm footage shot by Garrel and fellow soixante-huitards.

This program will include a 10-minute intermission.



NYT Critic’s Pick | "An achingly poignant film ... Magnificent."

New York Times | full review

"One of Garrel's finest narrative films."

Chicago Reader | full review