It’s the last of the season, and we couldn’t resist celebrating at the first big film festival at the start of the summer, one of the most joyful and accessible festivals, dedicated to the 7th art in all its forms. 50 editions already that on the Atlantic port is offered to an audience from all over France cinema in all its forms, from all times and from all continents. Sophie Mirouzeits co-delegate general with Arnaud Dumatin since 2019, has been with us to give us the outline of this 50-year-old and still as lavish edition, with more than 220 films presented in 364 screenings, without forgetting encounters galore, music lessons and, a premiere, editing, exhibitions… As Sophie Mirouze explains, “for 50 years it has been the cinema that has been honored and all the cinemas. The particularity of the festival, its identity, is to go from silent cinema to today’s cinema and to cover the entire history of cinema.“
Pasolini retrospective and tribute to Alain Delon
In this rich program, we have retained a retrospective, and a tribute, to two myths as complex as they are ambiguous, which took their first steps at the same time, at the dawn of the 1960s, and are still as vivid as ever in the retinas of spectators.
The first myth is Italian, it is about Pier Paolo Pasolini of which we celebrate this year the centenary of the birth and of which we speak Aurore Renaultlecturer in cinematographic and audiovisual studies at the University of Lorraine, and specialist in Italian cinema: ” The characters he films in Accattone , we have never seen them before in the cinema. They are underclass. Pasolini is a poet filmmaker. He will invent his own style, he pulls the strings of neo-realism towards the social while inventing a new image. “
The second myth is French, he is an actor and it is of course about the immense Alain Delonwhich the writer tells us about Denitza Bantchevacontributor to the journal Positive and specialist in European cinema of the 1960s-1980s, around the film full sun of Rene Clement : “This film launched Alain Delon’s career internationally because his previous films had been appreciated in France but had not been exported abroad..”
The La Rochelle Cinema Festival also extends to our partner LaCinetekthe online Cinémathèque des Cinéastes, with the retransmission of the Ciné-Club The bitter tears of Petra von Kant presented by Francois Ozona focus dedicated to Fassbinderthe list of 50 films of Jonas Truebaand a promotion Alain Delon, throughout the month of July, which offers its films at 2 euros. And like every beginning of the month, LaCinetek is giving away cinepasses to Plan Large listeners. To win them, just answer to the question of the day .
The cinema journal: Philippe R. Doumic, cinema photographer
Alain Delon will also be on the cover of a book to be published, on October 6, by Capricciand which brings together the photographs of a famous stranger, Philippe Doumicwho in the 1960s produced 15,000 photographs for Unifrance of actresses, actors, filmmakers and technicians of young French cinema, images which for some have become iconic, such as that of Jean-Luc Godard contemplating a strip of film. The name of their author had fallen into oblivion, before his daughter, Laurence Doumic Roux do not bring it back to life with a film, Philippe R. Doumic – Under his gaze the sparkand by an exhibition, which is held at the Michel-Crépeau Media Library in La Rochelle until September 30. Laurence Doumic-Roux, at the microphone of Marceau Vassy, first with the voices of Dominique Besnehard and Anna Karinafrom his documentary: “His photographs have a particular strength of truth, of authenticity. He wasn’t particularly intimidated by the aura of the people he met. He had a sensitivity that allowed him to read souls.”
NT Binh’s chronicle: “As Tears Go By” and “Our Wild Years”, by Wong Kar-wai
We can finally see in theaters the very first film of the director Wong Kar-waithe legendary As Tears Go By, So go the tears in French, previously unreleased in cinemas, accompanied by its second, Our wild yearswho, in 1990, 10 years before In The Mood For Love, already plunged back into the Hong Kong of the 1960s. What is tied in these first two films in the aesthetics and themes of Wong Kar-wai? As NT Binh develops: “There’s one thing that’s striking about seeing his feature debut: it’s how much of Wong Kar-wai is already there.“
Outings of the week
The magnificent tribute of a brother to his deceased sister, who was also his actress and co-filmmaker, is black notebooksof Shlomi Elkabetzwith the much-missed Ronit Elkabetz.
A discreet American who we only discover in France in his third feature film, shot in Berlin on three young students for the duration of a summer, it is Ted Fendtand its very beautiful The noise from outside.
A Chilean filmmaker with an Italian name who, after having co-signed the script for Miserables by Ladj Ly, went to Brussels to shoot a survival thriller, it’s Giordano Gederlini, with Between life and death.
Always a thriller, mixed with melodrama, under the strong influence of Vertigo of Hitchcockit is Decision To Leavewhich earned the Korean Park Chan-wook his directing prize at the last Cannes Film Festival, which we will not discuss here.
The return ofHiner Saleem in Kurdistan, with a fable about what war does to men, and to their virility, it’s the funny and very Shakespearian Goodnight Soldier.
And then, on the re-emergence side, there is also the masterpiece of fantastic English In the middle of the nightof Robert Hammer.
Criminals on the run among Sardinian shepherds, it’s the magnificent Bandits in Orgosolothe first fiction film by the great Italian documentary filmmaker Vittorio De Seta.
And finally, an impossible dinner, and a series of nested dreams as in an exquisite corpse, it is another masterpiece, signed Luis Bunuel and Jean-Claude Carriere, The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.
Plan Large announcements
For those who are not lucky enough to be in La Rochelle until the end, on July 10, the festival extends everywhere. In cinemas, as far as Pasolini is concerned: after Salo or the 120 days of Sodomrestored versions ofAccatone and Mamma Roma, it’s next Wednesday. Will follow on July 20 those of Ricotta, Sexuality Survey, The Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Big and small birds, Oedipus King and Medea. There will also be, on July 13, on 35 mm film his “Trilogy of life”: The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales and The thousand and One Nights.