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Arnaud Desplechin double feature with writer Julie Peyr In Person!

March 22, 2018 | 7:30 PM | Aero Theatre | Santa Monica.


Desplechin double feature:  advance screening of ISMAEL’S GHOSTS and MY GOLDEN DAYS with writer Julie Peyr In Person !



The American Cinematheque is hosting a double feature of Arnaud Desplechin films at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on March 22 at 7:30pm with writer Julie Peyr In Person!

The double feature will include an advance screening of Desplechin's new film ISMAEL’S GHOSTS. Twenty-one years ago, she ran away; now Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of the film-within-a-film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel), who, in a nod to earlier Desplechin films, is the brother of recurring character Paul Dédalus. With ISMAEL’S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past and proves yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places. This is the full-length director’s cut of the film, 20 minutes longer and markedly different in tone from the version that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. In French with English subtitles.

There will be a discussion following ISMAEL’S GHOSTS with co-writer Julie Peyr.

Following this will be the screening of MY GOLDEN DAYS. Mathieu Amalric reprises the role of Paul Dédalus from Arnaud Desplechin’s MY SEX LIFE … OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT in this origin story. Paul, now an anthropologist, prepares to leave Tajikistan and reflects on his life in a series of flashbacks covering three periods: his troubled childhood in Roubaix (newcomer Quentin Dolmaire portrays Paul as an adolescent); his trip to the U.S.S.R., where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity to a young Russian; and university life, with its shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. But most of all, he remembers Esther (Lou Roy-Lecollinet), the beautiful, rude, haughty love of his life. An SACD Award winner at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. In French, Russian and Hebrew with English subtitles. 

Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantômes d'Ismaël)
Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel
Runtime: 135 minutes
Country: France
Year: 2017
Released by Magnolia Pictures

Opens in New York on Friday, March 23, 2018
Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, April 6, 2018


My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse)
Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet
Runtime: 123 minutes
Country: France
Year: 2015