A Journey Through French Cinema
Voyage à travers le cinéma français

Closing Night

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2015
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Exempt
Duration: 191 min
Festivals: San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016, Opening Night film Zabaltegi-Tabakalera

“Essential viewing for cinephiles and Francophiles alike.” The Hollywood Reporter

Synopsis

This magnificently epic documentary from Bertrand Tavernier has been a lifetime in the making. Tavernier explores in a highly personal documentary the French films from the 30s through to the 70s that inspired him to start out as a director, showcasing long-lost films that he discovered during the production process. Tavernier knows his native cinema inside and out, from giants like Renoir, Godard, and Melville (for whom he worked as an assistant) to now overlooked figures like Edmond T. Gréville and Guy Gilles. He rediscovers and reassesses filmmakers, films, and composers, taking us on a voyage through time and stories.

Bertrand Tavernier is one of France’s most acclaimed directors. His film knowledge is voluminous, his love is inexhaustible, and his perspective is matched only by that of Martin Scorsese. Tavernier’s love affair with French cinema first began when he suffered from tuberculosis in post-World War Two in Lyon. He says that cinema gave him his inner strength to recover. “I would like this film to be an act of gratitude to all the filmmakers, scriptwriters, actors, and musicians who suddenly appeared in my life. Memory warms us up: this film is a bit of coal for winter nights.”

Trailer

Screenings

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WELLINGTON
Wed 22 Mar 6:30 pm E

AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS
Wed 22 Mar 7:35 pm

NELSON
Wed 22 Mar 6:00 pm

CHRISTCHURCH
Sun 26 Mar 6:30 pm

TIMARU
Sun 19 Mar 7:00 pm

ARROWTOWN
Sun 26 Mar 6:00 pm

TAURANGA
Sun 26 Mar 7:00 pm

PALMERSTON NORTH
Sun 2 Apr 6:00 pm

NEW PLYMOUTH
Wed 5 Apr 6:30 pm

HAMILTON
Wed 12 Apr 7:45 pm

HAVELOCK NORTH
Wed 12 Apr 6:30 pm

DUNEDIN
Wed 12 Apr 5:15 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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