DIRECTOR: PHILIPPE GARREL
CAST: LOUIS GARREL, CLOTILDE HESME, JULIEN LUCAS
1968 / 6mins / DCP
May ’68, and after—the moment of collective uprising, the comedown of returning to a world fundamentally unchanged—is an event absolutely central to Garrel’s worldview. After decades of distortion and misinformation on both the French right and left, to further agendas and re-write history, Garrel felt compelled to portray the period as it was by someone who was there, and correct the historical record for future generations. François is our guide (played by Garrel’s son Louis), a young poet who goes from the exhilaration of the barricades to the exhaustion of drug addiction and aimlessness. Shot in 1:33 Academy ratio (full-frame) black-and-white that makes the 1960s seem near to the 19th century, the film combines youthful romance with adult rue, and introduced Garrel anew to the United States. Screening with Actua 1, his thought-to-be-lost short film shot by a twenty-year-old Garrel, in May '68.