Serie Maitres continues in April and May in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Delft with four stunning films by Jacques Rivette and Alain Robbe-Grillet.
9 April, Uitkjk Amsterdam
15 April, Filmschuur Haarlem
22 April, Filmhuis Lumen Delft
PARIS NOUS APPARTIENT (Paris Belongs to Us)
Jacques Rivette 1961
With Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito and Françoise Prévost
A young literature student in Paris (Betty Schneider) hears about the suicide of a Spanish activist and becomes increasingly intrigued by the man’s death.
She joins a theatre company run by Gérard (Giani Esposito), a friend of the Spaniard’s girlfriend, just to find out that he was the victim of an international terrorist organisation and that Gérard could be their next target.
Along with François Truffaut’s Les Quatre cent Coups and Jean-Luc Godard’s À bout de Soufflé, Paris nous Appartient marks the debut of another great director of the French Nouvelle Vague, Jacques Rivette.
An engaging tale of suspense, existential philosophy and cold war politics staged in 1957 Paris’ bohemian intellectual circles and underground scenes.
“Jacques Rivette’s troubled and troubling 1960 account of Parisians in the late 50s remains the most intellectually and philosophically mature, and one of the most beautiful.” – Chicago Reader
23 April, Uitkjk Amsterdam
29 April, Filmschuur Haarlem
6 May, Filmhuis Lumen Delft
CELINE ET JULIE VONT EN BATEAU (Céline and Julie Go Boating)
Jacques Rivette 1974
With Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier and Bulle Ogier
Two women, a shy librarian (Juliet Berto) and a cabaret performer (Dominique Labourier), become inseparable friends and realise to be mysteriously linked to each other.
After one of them retells a strange experience she had when visiting an old house, the two find themselves transported to a parallel universe, where they become entangled in a surreal series of events.
Masterfully written and directed by Jacques Rivette’s, this is the director’s most admired and renowned film.
With a number of stories within stories and a style reminiscent of the best Bunuel’s films, Céline et Julie vont en bateau gives life to a wild cinematic ride where everything is possible and nothing is what it seems.
“In a perfect world, there would be an old movie palace somewhere that plays Celine and Julie Go Boating over and over.” – Combustible Celluloid
14 May, Uitkjk Amsterdam
20 May, Filmschuur Haarlem
27 May, Filmhuis Lumen Delft
Alain Robbe-Grillet 1963
With Françoise Brion, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Guido Celano.
A man known as N (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze) arrives in Istanbul and encounters L (Francoise Brion), a mysterious woman involved with M (Guido Celano), a Turk who kidnaps women and forces them into prostitution. N finds himself falling in love with L, who suddenly disappears. N decides to look for her and to find out who the woman really is.
L’Immortelle marks the directing debut of renowned avant-garde novelist and script-writer Alain Robbe-Grillet.
Against the backdrop of an elusive city, mysterious identities and uncertain memories overlap and collide in an enigmatic mystery-romance. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 1963 Berlin Film Festival.
“There is no denying the film’s extraordinary creation of that strange, unsettling atmosphere one encounters in a foreign and labyrinthine city.” – Time Out
28 May, Uitkjk Amsterdam
3 June, Filmschuur Haarlem
10 June, Filmhuis Lumen Delft
Alain Robbe-Grillet 1967
With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier and Nadine Verdier
A film director and his wife (played by Robbe-Grillet and his wife Catherine) are travelling on the Trans-Europ-Express train from Paris to Antwerp. The director is writing the script for a story of rape and drug trafficking set on the same train. Unknown to them, a dangerous criminal with a plan of his own is also on board..
Alain Robbe-Grillet’s second film acquired instant cult status for its enigmatic plot and staggeringly original narrative.
Described by film critics as an erotic thriller, a detective story and a film-within-a-film, Trans-Europ-Express escapes any classic genre classification. Reality and imagination intertwine without any boundaries in this rare gem of 1960s French cinema.
“Challenging and influential today as it was in the 1960s. […] An enjoyable and witty movie that has remained a classic and emblematic work.” – Senses of Cinema
Serie les Maîtres du Cinema
A celebration of French cinema through the masterpieces of its most renowned directors.
Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Uitkijk Cinema.
All films are screened in 35mm, with English subtitles.
Presented in collaboration with Maison Descartes Institut Francais.