Cinema Releases - Film Socialisme
A symphony in three movements
THINGS SUCH AS:
A Mediterranean cruise. Numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday...
At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned their parents to appear before the court of their childhood. The children demand serious explanations of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.
Visits to six sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona.
Born in 1930, Jean-Luc Godard became acquainted, while at the university, with Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, forming part of a group of passionate young film critics writing in Cahiers du Cinéma, and film-makers devoted to exploring new possibilities in cinema.
A bout de souffle (Breathless) (1959) was his first feature. Made on a shoe-string budget, it was spontaneous, vibrant and ground breakingly original.
His films have influenced film-makers as diverse as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Wong Kar-Wai.
As the 1960s progressed, Godard became fascinated with developments in new media. Amongst his 'revolutionary films for revolutionary people' is his highly regarded Histoire(s) du cinema.
His latest film, Film Socialisme, received its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) to great acclaim. Jean-Luc Godard also received an honorary Oscar in 2010.Reda an interview (translated) from
1964 Une femme mariée : fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 en noir et blanc (A Married Woman)
1968 Sympathy for the Devil (One plus One)
1968 Un Film comme les autres
1969 Le Gai Savoir
1969 Le Vent d'est (Wind from the East)
1970 Vladimir et Rosa
1970 Lotte in Italia (Struggles in Italy)
1970 British Sounds
1972 One P.M.
1972 Tout va bien (Everything's Fine)
1972 Letter to Jane
1975 Numéro deux
1976 : Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere)
1977 Six fois deux / Sur et sous la communication (Six Times Two: On and Beneath Communication)
1977 France / tour / detour / deux enfants (France/Tour/Detour/Two/Children)
1978 Comment ça va?
1986 Soft and Hard
1990 Nouvelle Vague
1991 Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (Germany Year 90)
1993 Hélas pour moi
1994 JLG/JLG, autoportrait de décembre (JLG/JLG: Self-Portrait in December)
A film by Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Paul Battagia, Fabrice Aragno, Paul Grivas, François Musy, Renaud Musy, Gabriel Hafner, Louma Sanbar, Yousri Nasrallah, Anne-Marie Miéville
Music Betty Olivero, Arvo Pärt, Anouar Brahem, Tomasz Stańko, Alfred Schnittke, Paco Ibáñez, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Giya Kancheli, Werner Pirchner, Ernst Busch, Thierry Machuel, Beethoven, Chet Baker
Singers/Songwriters Barbara, Gabriella Ferri, Joan Baez, Alain Bashung & Chloe Mons, Mina, Patti Smith
Produced by Ruth Waldburger, Alain Sarde
Production Vega Film, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Télévision Suisse Romande, Ville de Généve, Suissimage, Fonds Regio Films, Foundation Vaudoise, George Foundation
Wild Bunch, Canal Plus
Jean Marc Stehlé
Switzerland/ France / 2010 / 102 mins / 1:78 / Dolby SRD / In French, English and German with English subtitles / Certificate: tbc
'A passionate flurry of visual and aural experiments – enjoy the compositions, textures, shapes , colours and juxtapositions…'
David Jenkins, TIME OUT
'An interesting and often beautiful work …the clashing visual styles is often thrilling'
Patrick Peters, EMPIRE
'THE FRESHEST, COOLEST THING I SAW IN CANNES'
Jason Solomons The Observer
Peter Bradshaw talks about Film Socialisme during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival: 'Intriguing, fascinating....'
'The defiant glitter of FILM SOCIALISME...“Mischievous and mysterious at all times Jean-Luc Godard presented Cannes, with his latest and possibly even his last work, FILM SOCIALISME....Cannes, and cinema, would be duller and dumber without him.'Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
'The visual drama is extraordinary...breathtaking images...scenes of rare tenderness and exquisite beauty...ravishing Film Socialisme.'
Amy Taubin, FILM COMMENT
'...one of [Godard's] most alluring and most coherent meditations...His political vision is, literally, visual: filming aboard a ship and in various ports of call, evoking relevant historical landmarks and artifacts, watching a family work out its domestic policy, Godard offers images that are multifaceted, even contrapuntal. His aesthetic genius and his revolutionary project are both a way of seeing and a way of life: a family, a society, and an image all start with one plus one.'
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
'Film Socialisme is the most thought-provoking film you will see in 2011, and, in all honesty, probably the most thought provoking film made since the last Godard film. (And while I’m at it, the next film as intelligent as this one will probably be whatever film Godard makes next.)'
Article on Tribeca.com
'Endlessly influential and perpetually controversial'
A.O.Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Read an article on Film Socialisme in CinemaScope