DIRECTOR: MICHAEL HANEKE
CAST: JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT, EMMANUELLE RIVA, ISABELLE HUPPERT
For their study of an elderly couple—played by icons of French cinema Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, both superlative—facing final separation by cruel death, Haneke and Khondji created a litany of framings that feel brittle in their composed beauty, each marked by an elegant exactitude and slowly suffocating airlessness. Hard and tender, this may be Haneke’s ultimate accomplishment—and, incidentally, a eulogy for the youthful dreams of the 1960s European art cinema.
Screening as a part of Darius Khondji.