SERIE NOIRE MAY 2012

More French shivers coming your way as Serie Noire continues in May at Uitkijk Cinema in Amsterdam.

This time we’re leaving the 50s and 60s with two more recent titles from two acclaimed French directors, Claude Lelouch and Robert Bresson.

Tuesday 08 May, 19.00h

ROMAN DE GARE

Claude Lelouch – 2007 – 103 min

Starring Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, Audrey Dana.

A successful writer is questioned by the police about the disappearance of her ghost-writer. Meanwhile a distraught woman is dumped by her fiancée on the roadside, only to be picked up by an enigmatic middle-aged man.

Is he the missing ghost-writer as he claims to be? Or could he be the escaped rapist-killer known as the Magician? These are just some of the mysteriously interconnected characters at the centre of this clever thriller suspended between reality and fiction.

Directed by one of France most eclectic and prolific filmmakers, ROMAN DE GARE weaves a carefully constructed web of deceit where nothing and no one is what appears to be.

Theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands, Lelouch’s film takes a highly original approach to crime storytelling, playing with the viewer’s expectations and blending different film genres to create a sexy and intriguing ‘whodunnit’.

Tuesday 22 May, 19.00h

L’ARGENT

Robert Bresson – 1983 – 85 min

Starring Christian Patey, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Michel Briguet.

A forged 500 francs note passes from person to person until it reaches Yvon, an honest young man. Unaware of the fact that the note is forged he tries to spend it and gets arrested.

As a consequence of this brief possession Yvon is eventually fired from his job as a delivery man and, unable to find work and to support his family, Yvon gets caught in an escalating series of dramatic events. Yvon’s life starts spiralling out of control, pushing him into a seemingly endless flow of crime and violence.

Adapted from a Leo Tolstoy’s novel, L’ARGENT is the last film written and directed by legendary French director Robert Bresson.                                            A provocative meditation on the consequences of violence on a man’s life, this socially engaged crime drama presents crime as a dramatic consequence of the ineluctability of class violence.

Arguably one of the best French films of the 80s, L’ARGENT brings to the screen a staggering character study as much as a philosophical tale about how money can corrupt both spiritually than socially.

L’ARGENT earned Bresson the Director’s Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival and the Best Director Award by the American National Society of Film Critics.

Over Serie Noire:

I started this film series entirely dedicated to Policier Film in January 2012.                                                                                                                                         This unique retrospective presents a program composed of legendary cult classics, screened in The Netherlands for the first time in years.                          Each film is screened on 35mm, with English subtitles. Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Uitkijk cinema.                                                   Created with the support of Maison Descartes, Institute Francais des Pays-Bas and cinema Uitkijk.

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