Philippe Garrel: Part 1

October 12 to October 26

Philippe Garrel in person to introduce and for Q&As:
Liberté, La Nuit at 7pm on Thursday, October 12
J'Entends Plus La Guitare at 6pm on Friday, October 13.

“The child of Cocteau and Godard” (Rivette), “the proverbial underrated genius” (Assayas), Philippe Garrel began making films at sixteen, fired by a mythopoetic vision and a political fervor that crested and crashed in May ’68, whose turmoil he filmed in the long-lost, newly discovered Actua 1, and decades later re-created from memory in Regular Lovers (both of which will screen in Part 2 of this retrospective). Then, beginning with 1982’s L’enfant secret, Garrel became something of the patron saint of narrative minimalists, making pareddown, cloistered works fascinated with the significance of minute gestures yet encompassing wider world affairs both social and romantic. Garrel’s reflective films draw heavily on his autobiography—the women in his life, including the chanteuse Nico, his companion for a crucial decade-long interlude; his addictions and inner turmoil; a family of politically-engaged artisans, incorporating as actors father Maurice, son Louis and most-recently daughter Esther, alongside comrades Jean-Pierre Léaud, Anne Wiazemsky, Pierre Clémenti and Zouzou. This retrospective, the most complete yet in the United States, including recent digital restorations courtesy of Re: Voir, and new 35mm prints, will provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience fifty years of work from cinema’s foremost poet.

With thanks to Claudine Kaufmann, Nicholas Elliott, and Pip Chodorov.

Presented with support from the Cultural services of the French Embassy in New York.

Previously Screened