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Lou Castel: Action!
December 7–21, 2010
Florence Gould Hall

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Screening Schedule
Dec 7: Just in Time and Irma Vep
Dec 7: Meet Actor & Director Lou Castel
Dec 14: The Birth of Love
Dec 21: Heartbeat Detector
Dec 21: Fists in the Pocket

One of the most committed and memorable actors during his five-decade career, world-renowned actor and artist Lou Castel has worked with Philippe Garrel, Olivier Assayas, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, among others. Lou Castel will come to FIAF to present a screening and special reading on December 7, and will appear at the Anthology Film Archives where the series will continue on December 8.

Double Screening
Just in Time and Irma Vep

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
12:30 & 4pm

Florence Gould Hall

Just in Time
Directed by Lou Castel, 1998. Color. 13 min.
With Lou Castel, Robert Kramer, Nadine Naous

In French with English subtitles

A rare screening of Castel’s first work as a director, which stars the late, seminal American independent filmmaker Robert Kramer (Milestones, Route 80). Whether in front of or behind the camera, Castel embodies cinematic exploration, often searching for the possibility of a different world.

Irma Vep
Directed by Olivier Assayas, 1977. Color. 99 min.
With Lou Castel, Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud
In French with English subtitles

The film that cemented Assayas’ reputation internationally, Irma Vep celebrates the process of filmmaking while embracing the anarchy that often accompanies it. Léaud, himself an icon of cinema, plays a director helming a remake of Louis Feuillades’ epic Les Vampires; Castel, as a director who may steal the project, is impeccable.

Irma Vep captures the larcenous, heartbreaking allure of cinema itself…Assayas affirms that for viewers and filmmakers alike, movies are still worth believing in.” —Salon

A funny and fascinatingly open-ended look at the state of the art, Irma Vep is well worth a look.” —The Onion

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Meet the Actor & Director
Lou Castel presents
A Special Reading
and Screening of Irma Vep

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Florence Gould Hall

Irma Vep
Directed by Olivier Assayas, 1977. Color. 99 min.
With Lou Castel, Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud
In French with English subtitles

Before introducing the 7pm screening, Lou Castel will present two texts in English penned by him, Tropical Subject and Love is Like a Violin that Skreeks.

The film will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Sam Di Iorio, Associate Professor of French at Hunter College.

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The Birth of Love
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall

La naissance de l’amour
Directed by Philippe Garrel, 1993. B&W. 94 min.
With Lou Castel, Jean-Pierre Léaud
In French with English subtitles

Two achingly genuine performances by Castel and Léaud ground this beautifully shot examination of friendship, passion, and the inevitable specter of age. Paul (Castel) and Marcus (Léaud) reflect on their lives and how love (lost and found) has defined their years. As always, Garrel strips away artifice with uncompromising insight.

The elegant black-and-white cinematography underscores the mood of quiet desperation in the film.” —The New York Times

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Heartbeat Detector
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
12:30 & 4pm

Florence Gould Hall

La question humaine
Directed by Nicolas Klotz, 2007. Color. 143 min.
With Lou Castel, Mathieu Amalric
In French with English subtitles

Simon Kessler is a corporate analyst and motivational guru assigned to analyze why a CEO’s performance has sharply suffered. In this profound thriller, Kessler slowly uncovers conspiracies so deep that to demand accountability is to expose and rewrite history—with the company and its caretakers left suffering.

Here, knowledge and understanding raise more questions than they answer, and the film ends not in closure, but in openness. It is precisely those qualities that give Heartbeat Detector its epic sense of humanity.” —The Village Voice

Amalric gives another in a recent string of riveting performances.” —The Onion

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Fists in the Pocket
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Florence Gould Hall

I pugni in tasca
Directed by Marco Bellocchio, 1965. B&W. 108 min.
With Lou Castel
In French with English subtitles

Nearly 50 years later, Fists in the Pocket remains an astounding debut feature for both Bellocchio and Castel. As young Alessandro, who seeks to rid his family of their troubles (by ridding himself of his family), Castel delivers a masterful performance full of fits, seizures, and macabre morality.

It's one of those films that mysteriously make every image…resonate with social disquiet. Lou Castel is an unforgettable figure…simultaneously affectless and hyperactive, as if the hot wire connecting feeling and expression were cut and giving off sparks.” —The Village Voice

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Venue & Ticket Information

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Ticket Prices
FIAF Members FREE** ($2 advance tickets)
Non-Members $10
Students with ID $7

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Call: 212 307 4100

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**Free tickets for FIAF Members are distributed on the day of the event. Please present your Membership card at the box office. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $2.

Special Offer
Present your ticket and receive a 15% discount on your bill at Bistro 60 (37 E 60 St). Valid on date printed on ticket.

New York State Council on the Arts a State agency
American Airlines
Cultural Services of the French Embassy Florence Gould Hall

Curated by Marie Losier and Andrea Monti

Special thanks to Lou Castel, Andrea Monti, Sam Di lorio, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jed Rapfogel and Anthology Film Archives, Thorsten Wagner, Rainer Huebsch, Philippe Dijon, and the Lucca Film Festival.

Cinema programs at FIAF are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, and by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Additional Sponsors:
American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Culturesfrance; Florence Gould Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; The Bay and Paul Foundations; Robert de Rothschild; The Laura Pels Foundation; and Dr. Michael Siegal

Images courtesy of Photofest

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