Between 1944 and 45, Georges Rouquier spent a year with a family of farmers – his own relatives – on the farm Farrebique, situated in Goutrens in the Rouergue. The film he made with them, Farrebique, or the four seasons, takes us inside a family whose life is governed by the seasons. Rouquier shows the hardships of life on a farm on the eve of the introduction of electricity – and of the arrival of the forces of modernity, which are destined to change it irrevocably. Rouquier has a keen eye for the beauty of the characters, their simple ways, and their closeness to their animals and to nature. The first shots in the film linger on the cracks slithering up the walls of the farmstead. “The house needs to be repaired,” says the grandfather, setting in motion the plot of the film, a series of daily comings, goings, and disputes, from the installation of electricity to the birth of a child. Love and death: Farrebique is about nothing more – and nothing less. It is from this simplicity that it draws its power and its uniqueness.

What viewers today enjoy in Farrebique is somehow similar to what the audiences felt when they marveled at the Lumières’ first shorts, shouting and gasping at the flickering images of leaves on a tree: ‘Look, they’re moving!’ In his own way, Rouquier has reinvented film.” – André Bazin, CONQUÊTES, 1947.

Anthology Film Archive is thrilled to host a week-long revival engagement of this extraordinary documentary, with 3 screenings of an archival 35mm print, followed by additional screenings showcasing Les Documents Cinematographiques’ brand-new DCP restoration. Between documentary and fiction, ethnological document and historical testimony of the French peasantry post-World War II, Farrebique is a unique film, both truthful and poetic. It remains a classic of its type and an indispensable reference, not only for anthropologists, but also for cinephiles worldwide.

Anthology will also screen another documentary by Rouquier: Biquefarre, made thirty-seven years after Farrebique. The filmmaker returned to the farming community in Aveyron in south-central France to pick up the story of the Rouquier family.


FARREBIQUE, OR THE FOUR SEASONS (Farrebique, ou les quatre saisons)
Directed by: Georges Rouquier
Runtime: 90 mins
Year: 1946
In French with English subtitles
> Screenings on Fri, July 28 through Sun, July 30 will be played on 35mm, and screenings on Mon, July 31 through Thurs, Aug 3 will be DCP.
> Jonas Mekas will be here to introduce the opening night screening of Farrebique on Friday, July 28. 

BIQUEFARRE
Directed by: Georges Rouquier
Runtime: 90 mins
Year: 1983
In French with projected English subtitles
> Screenings on Sat, July 29 and Sun, July 30 will be played on 35mm.

To find more information about these very rare screenings, please click here and here.

Anthology Film Archive 32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003

Rare and Influential Documentaries: Farrebique & Biquefarre by Georges Rouquier

When
July 28 - Aug 3, 2017
Where
Anthology Film Archive
32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003
"Farrebique, or the four seasons", by Georges Rouquier

Between 1944 and 45, Georges Rouquier spent a year with a family of farmers – his own relatives – on the farm Farrebique, situated in Goutrens in the Rouergue. The film he made with them, Farrebique, or the four seasons, takes us inside a family whose life is governed by the seasons. Rouquier shows the hardships of life on a farm on the eve of the introduction of electricity – and of the arrival of the forces of modernity, which are destined to change it irrevocably. Rouquier has a keen eye for the beauty of the characters, their simple ways, and their closeness to their animals and to nature. The first shots in the film linger on the cracks slithering up the walls of the farmstead. “The house needs to be repaired,” says the grandfather, setting in motion the plot of the film, a series of daily comings, goings, and disputes, from the installation of electricity to the birth of a child. Love and death: Farrebique is about nothing more – and nothing less. It is from this simplicity that it draws its power and its uniqueness.

What viewers today enjoy in Farrebique is somehow similar to what the audiences felt when they marveled at the Lumières’ first shorts, shouting and gasping at the flickering images of leaves on a tree: ‘Look, they’re moving!’ In his own way, Rouquier has reinvented film.” – André Bazin, CONQUÊTES, 1947.

Anthology Film Archive is thrilled to host a week-long revival engagement of this extraordinary documentary, with 3 screenings of an archival 35mm print, followed by additional screenings showcasing Les Documents Cinematographiques’ brand-new DCP restoration. Between documentary and fiction, ethnological document and historical testimony of the French peasantry post-World War II, Farrebique is a unique film, both truthful and poetic. It remains a classic of its type and an indispensable reference, not only for anthropologists, but also for cinephiles worldwide.

Anthology will also screen another documentary by Rouquier: Biquefarre, made thirty-seven years after Farrebique. The filmmaker returned to the farming community in Aveyron in south-central France to pick up the story of the Rouquier family.


FARREBIQUE, OR THE FOUR SEASONS (Farrebique, ou les quatre saisons)
Directed by: Georges Rouquier
Runtime: 90 mins
Year: 1946
In French with English subtitles
> Screenings on Fri, July 28 through Sun, July 30 will be played on 35mm, and screenings on Mon, July 31 through Thurs, Aug 3 will be DCP.
> Jonas Mekas will be here to introduce the opening night screening of Farrebique on Friday, July 28. 

BIQUEFARRE
Directed by: Georges Rouquier
Runtime: 90 mins
Year: 1983
In French with projected English subtitles
> Screenings on Sat, July 29 and Sun, July 30 will be played on 35mm.

To find more information about these very rare screenings, please click here and here.