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Artist Spotlight Series: Olivier Assayas

The Austin Film Society présents the Artist Spotlight Series: "Olivier Assayas", a limited retrospective of French director Olivier Assayas' films, from March 9 to March 14. The French film director will be present at three of the screenings.

The event is supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston.


SOMETHING IN THE AIR
Friday, March 9, 2pm
With Olivier Assayas in person.
A group of French teenagers forever marked by the spirit of May ’68 try to keep the revolution alive in the subsequent months. The film is a fictionalized account of events from Olivier Assayas’ post-May ‘68 youth.

COLD WATER
Friday, March 9, 5pm
Olivier Assayas and AFS Founder & Artistic Director Richard Linklater will introduce the film.
Long unavailable in the United States, AFS is thrilled to partner with Janus Films to premiere the brand new restoration of this 1994 classic, which brilliantly captures the textures, sights and sounds of a tortured adolescence. Christine (Virginie Ledoyen) and Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) are high school sweethearts who can’t stay out of trouble, and so parents, courts and schools threaten to keep them apart.

PARIS AWAKENS
Sunday, March 11, 3:30pm
With Olivier Assayas in person.
A great early Assayas film that has been unavailable in the US. The relationship between a troubled young woman (Judith Godrèche) and her older boyfriend (Jean-Pierre Léaud) frays when his delinquent son shows up on their doorstep.

IRMA VEP
Sunday, March 11, 7pm
A defining arthouse film of the ’90s. A Hong Kong superstar (Maggie Cheung) goes to Paris to star in a remake of the silent serial LES VAMPIRES, but the role begins to inhabit her, instead of the other way around.

SUMMER HOURS
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30pm
Olivier Assayas’ interest in the value of artistic work and his frequent subjects of family, memory and identity, find their glorious culmination in this masterwork. Named “one of the 10 best films of the 21st century” by the New York Times, the film follows the family of a wealthy matriarch that must determine what to do with their inheritance, which includes great works of art.

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm
An absolute masterpiece about memory and artistic creation. A great actress, no longer young (Juliette Binoche), and her committed assistant (Kristen Stewart) have a close and complex relationship. The two head to the mountain home of the actress’ former mentor to prepare for an upcoming play.

 

For tickets and more information: www.austinfilm.org/series/artist-spotlight-olivier-assayas

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