The Films of Philippe Garrel

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Thursday 4/26
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Philippe Garrel, France, 1989, 35mm, 90 min., French w/ English subtitles

A family movie in the purest sense, Garrel here plays a filmmaker who, in putting together his latest film, comes into conflict with his wife after he refuses to cast her as the wife in a retelling of their own love story, starring himself. With Garrel’s wife, Brigitte Sy and their young child Louis Garrel, and Garrel’s father Maurice. “Be it at dawn, or at dusk, in a surreptitious silence, someone’s hand cranks a handle without anybody around calling for ‘Action!’. The air is cold. Through his wiry mop of hair, the man looks at a woman he loves. Together they shiver. This shiver: the tingling of the cinema. --Amitiés, Leos Carax

The Films of Philippe Garrel

At a time when the auteurs of the French New Wave were basking in international success, the young Philppe Garrel emerged with a singular, anarchistic vision that pushed the limits of an already-groundbreaking movement. The short film Les enfants désaccordés was made when Garrel was just 16 years old. As the civil unrest in France sparked by the events of May ’68 reverberated around the globe,, Garrel and a coterie of filmmakers known as the Zanzibar group, began dismantling the structure and language of the cinema that preceded them. Garrel chronicled the May ’68 protests in the recently re-discovered Acuta 1 and he revisited the events in his 2005 feature Regular Lovers. Throughout the 1970s, while involved in a tumultuous relationship with German model and chanteuse Nico, Garrel made some of the most daring and visionary cinema in all of Europe. Often incorporating aspects of his personal life and casting members of his own family in his narratives, Garrel pioneered a singular style of filmmaking with hints of Robert Bresson, Jacques Rivette and Andy Warhol, with an aesthetic dominated by minimalism and existential ennui. Lightbox Film Center is thrilled to present a survey of Philippe Garrel’s films throughout the month, including a special conversation with filmmaker Yann Dedet (editor on J'entends plus la guitar) on April 20. Film descriptions courtesy of Metrograph. Special thanks to Jacob Perlin.