More French cinema in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Delft.
25 Februari – Uitkijk Amsterdam
3 March – Filmschuur Haarlem
10 March – Filmhuis Lumen Delft
BOY MEETS GIRL
Leos Carax | 1984 | 100 min
With Denis Lavant, Mireille Perrier, Carroll Brooks.
A boy (Denis Lavant) and a girl (Mireille Perrier), both recently dumped by their lovers, are brought together by a casual encounter. He’s an inspiring filmmaker down on his luck and she’s a young girl struggling with depression. During the course of the day, their mutual loneliness and their desperate hunger for love will bring them irresistibly closer to each other.
The stunning debut film of Leos Carax (Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, Holy Motors) challenges our ideas of acceptance, rejection, loneliness and love through a dramatic story centred on two youngsters.
Written and directed by Carax at just 24 years of age and marvellously lensed in black & white as a tribute to the Nouvelle Vague films of Truffaut and Godard, BOY MEETS GIRL immediately established him as one of the most talented and strikingly original new voices of French cinema.
Carax was awarded as “Best Young Director” at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival and BOY MEETS GIRL was nonimated as “Best Debut” at the César Awards (French Oscars).
“Ecstatic cinema and ecstatic living join together in a pressurized promise of glory and misery.” – The New Yorker
11 March – Uitkijk Amsterdam
17 March – Filmschuur Haarlem
Marguerite Duras | 1974 | 120 min
With Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière.
India, 1937. The wife of the French ambassador in Calcutta leads an opulent but oppressive life among the local high society.
To escape her growing solitude and tedium she initiate a series of illicit love affairs with young government officials. Her husband becomes aware of her affairs but decides to tolerate them.
Directed by the renowned French writer and director Marguerite Duras (Les Enfants, Agatha et les lectures illimitées, Hiroshima Mon Amour -script-), INDIA SONG narrates the story of a tormented woman trying to lose herself in an unfamiliar environment.
A sensual and melancholic portray of anguish among opulence and decadence, carnal passion and longing, in a world that sees to be frozen in time and space.
INDIA SONG was nominated for three César Awards in 1976, including Best Actress and Best Music.
“A mysteriously sensory picture, not existentialism but hypnotism.” – Cinepassion
25 March – Uitkijk Amsterdam
31 March – Filmschuur Haarlem
7 April – Filmhuis Lumen Delft
Olivier Assayas |1994 | 92 min
With Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, László Szabó.
Two teenage runaways, Gilles and Christine, live of petty crime in the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s. Christine is caught during one of their shoplifting actions and sent to a psychiatric institute but she manages to escape. The two join a group of other rebellious youth living in an abandoned country house. When they hear about a hippy commune where artists live they decide to leave everything behind and find a way to get there.
A dazzling portrait of rebellion and failure to adapt to social norms by one of the most unpredictable and politically engaged contemporary French directors, Olivier Assayas (Apres Mai, Carlos). L’EAU FROIDE creates an impressive portray of a generation torn between anger, disillusion and hope. Floating on an evocative soundtrack of 70s rock songs (Janice Joplin, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan..), the film blends youthful passion, rebellious energy and a burning need to run as far away as possible from the world of their parents.
For her performance, Ledoyen was nominated for Most Promising Actress at the 1995 César Awards.
“A brave, moving film.” – Time Out London
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 with the support of Maison Descartes Institut Français des Pays-bas.