Living in the '70S: Counter Culture Remixes French Cinema
18 – 29 Nov 2009
Gallery of Modern Art & Cinema A
In Europe during the 1970s, a new form of radical filmmaking emerged. Created by both young directors and their more established counterparts from the French New Wave movement, these films were anti-conformist and opened new cinematic territories. Fundamentally political, and often independently produced and funded, the films were also deeply poetic. They were inspired by a sense of fantastical and otherworldly possibilities, often summoning the ambivalence of literature and history to remix cinema. The Australian Cinémathèque presents, with the generous assistance of CulturesFrance and the Embassy of France, Australia, a season of key films from this period by French-language directors including Chantal Akerman, Marguerite Duras, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Tanner and others.
Lecture: Living in the '70s Wed 18 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A Matthieu Orléan discusses the radical filmmaking of 1970s cinematic counter culture. Orléan is a curator at the Cinémathèque française in Paris where his projects have included included Almodovar exhibition! (2006) and Dennis Hopper et le nouvel Hollywood (2008). He writes for cinema and visual arts journals including Cahiers du cinéma, Trafic, Vertigo, Synopsis, Artpress, Libération, Purple and has contributed essays to Autoportrait en cinéaste, Chantal Akerman et Raymond Hains, J'ai la mémoire qui planche (published by Le Centre Pompidou). He recently co-directed the feature film Des Indes à la planète Mars, released in 2008 and screened in the Official Selection at the International Documentary Festival Marseille in 2007. India Song 1975 will be introduced by Matthieu Orléan on Wednesday 18 November at 7.30pm following his lecture. Please note: This screening of India Song will begin at 7.30pm and not at 7.00pm as advertised in Cinefile.
QAGOMA acknowledges all the archives, filmmakers and distributors who have generously provided screening materials for this program. In particular, the support of the National Film and Sound Archive Australia and Chinese-Taipei Film Archive. Program curated by José Da Silva, Australian Cinémathèque. Film notes are abridged; sources are indicated.
List of Works
Model Shop 1969 | Director: Jacques Demy
L'amour l'après midi (Love in the Afternoon) 1972 | Director: Eric Rohmer
Le retour d'Afrique (Return from Africa) 1973 | Director: Alain Tanner
India Song 1975 | Director: Marguerite Duras
Duelle (Women Duelling) 1976 | Director: Jacques Rivette
Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 (Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000) 1976 | Director: Alain Tanner
Les rendez-vous d'Anna (The Meetings of Anna) 1978 | Director: Chantal Akerman
Sauve Qui Peut (la Vie) (Slow Motion) 1979 | Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Toute une nuit (All Night Long) 1982 | Director: Chantal Akerman