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CinémaTuesdays
The Beau Travail
of Agnès Godard

Tuesday, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2011
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

 
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Screening Schedule
Tuesday, October 4: Golden Door, 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 11: I Can't Sleep, 12:30 & 4pm
Tuesday, October 11: Agnès Godard presents Beau travail, 7pm
Tuesday, October 18: Home, 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 25: Jacquot de Nantes, 12:30 & 4pm
Tuesday, October 25: The Dreamlife of Angels, 7:30pm

César Award-winner Agnès Godard is one of today's most extraordinary cinematographers. She is most famous for her long-running collaboration with filmmaker Claire Denis, and has also worked with Agnès Varda, Peter Handke, and Wim Wenders.

FIAF is honored to welcome Godard for a series covering some of her key collaborations with renowned directors.

On October 11, Agnès Godard will be present following the 7pm screening of Beau Travail for a Q&A with noted film critic and writer Kent Jones. The following day, she will give a talk at New York University's Maison Française in collaboration with the French Embassy.

CinémaTuesdays
Golden Door
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Golden Door
Nuovomondo

Emanuele Crialese, 2007. Color. 118 min.
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato,
Aurora Quattrocchi, Francesco Casisa
In Italian, English, and French with English subtitles

Immigration to America has for many families inspired a unique mix of melancholy and exhilaration; of desperation and aspiration. Rarely has that voyage been as achingly rendered as in Crialese’s film, which finds a peasant Sicilian family in transition between old and new worlds. Traditions and revelations alike are framed in breathtaking shots.

Review
“In its basic outline the story told in Golden Door, Emanuele Crialese’s beautiful dream of a film, is hardly unfamiliar… But what makes Mr. Crialese’s telling unusual, apart from the gorgeousness of his wide-screen compositions, is that his emphasis is on departure and transition, rather than arrival.”
—The New York Times

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CinémaTuesdays
I Can't Sleep
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
12:30 & 4pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

I Can't Sleep
J'ai pas sommeil

Claire Denis, 1994. Color. 110 min.
With Yekaterina Golubeva, Richard Courcet,
Vincent Dupont, Laurent Grévill
In French with English subtitles

Godard’s debut collaboration with Denis is a potent realization of the real-life couple who murdered more than twenty women in 1980s Paris. As filtered through the impressions of a young Lithuanian (Golubeva), the killings form a shocking introduction to the normally revered city. Denis’ trademark languid style and pacing flourish throughout.

Review
“Directed by the idiosyncratic, intelligent, strong-willed Claire Denis… it calmly lures viewers into an ordinary world where the sinister and the benign wear the same face… With its slow, undramatic treatment of a subject usually made explosive, sensational and easy, it is a strong addition to [Denis’] underrated career.”
—The New York Times

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Meet the Cinematographer
Agnès Godard
presents Beau travail

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
7pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Beau travail
Claire Denis, 1999. Color. 92 min.
With Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin,
Richard Courcet
In French with English subtitles

Agnès Godard appears in a Q&A with Kent Jones, filmmaker and film critic for Film Comment and Cahiers du Cinema.

Many would call Beau Travail Denis’s masterpiece, thanks in no small part to Godard’s hypnotic depiction of Djibouti, which won her a César for Best Cinematography. As a Foreign Legionnaire (Levant) reflects on his career, the commander he devoted himself to (and the fractious, jealous relationships he developed with a young soldier) continue to pierce his memory.

Review
“Claire Denis’ finest film to date…The visually spellbinding movie depicts their rigorous drills and rituals as ecstatic rites of purification and the embodiment of an impenetrable masculine mystique… Not to be missed.”—The New York Times

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CinémaTuesdays
Home
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Home
Ursula Meier, 2008. Color. 97 min.
With Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet,
Adélaïde Leroux, Madeleine Budd
In French with English subtitles

A peaceful, remote way of life is interrupted when a family’s property is encroached upon by the construction of a nearby highway. The intrusion of industry upends their tranquility, and each person’s limits are pushed beyond their breaking points. Intensely emotional performances by Huppert and Gourmet anchor the film.

Review
“Confident, appealingly bizarre…working with all-star DP Agnès Godard, Meier effectively communicates the sense of upended privacy.”—The Village Voice

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CinémaTuesdays
Jacquot de Nantes
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
12:30 & 4pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Jacquot de Nantes
Agnès Varda, 1991. Color and B&W. 118 min.
With Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud,
Laurent Monnier, Brigitte de Villepoix
In French with English subtitles

Varda’s elegiac, intensely personal tribute to her husband (and legendary director) Jacques Demy—made just one year after his passing—simply could not have been made by anyone else. Combining home footage from his youth with clips from his films, Jacquot de Nantes is as uncategorizable as it is moving.

Review
“Extremely evocative… an engrossing, moving tribute.”
Time Out Film Guide

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CinémaTuesdays
The Dreamlife of Angels
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

The Dreamlife of Angels
La vie rêvée des Anges

Erick Zonca, 1998. Color. 113 min.
With Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier,
Grégoire Colin, Patrick Mercado
In French with English subtitles

Winner of three César awards and the Best Actress award at Cannes (shared by Bouchez and Régnier), Dreamlife is is an affecting portrait of two young working class women struggling to find meaning in life. A surprising kinship evolves as they explore the hardship, buoyancy, and determination that brought them to this turning point.

Review
“This impassioned first feature by Erick Zonca reveals a soulful, moving vision of our shared responsibility for one another's lives… as raw and immediate as it is heartfelt.”—The New York Times

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

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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy

New York State Council on the Arts a State agency

American Airlines

Curated by Marie Losier

Special thanks to Agnès Godard, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and NYU's Maison Française

Cinema programs at FIAF are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties

FIAF Fall 2011 is sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Institut français; the Florence Gould Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; National Endowment for the Arts; Robert de Rothschild; and The Laura Pels Foundation

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