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Chris Marker Centenary on OVID

On Thursday, July 29th, the streaming service OVID.tv is paying tribute to the late and legendary French filmmaker Chris Marker with eighteen of his films (and one series) streaming exclusively on the platform - plus the following three streaming premieres on what would have been his 100th birthday: 

• Berliner Ballade (1990, 29 minutes) - Months after the fall of the Berlin wall, Chris Marker shot this passionate documentary reflecting the spirit of the city. 

• Blue Helmet (Casque bleu) (1995, 25 minutes) - Marker captures United Nations Peacekeeper François Cremieux recounting his experiences in Bosnia, and injects still images into the interview.

• Prime Time in the Camps (1993, 28 minutes) - Marker documents Bosnian refugees creating their own television program for a viewership that has been stripped of a homeland. 

Born Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve on July 29, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Chris Marker was a cinematic essayist and audio-visual poet.

After the Second World War, Marker began as a writer, publishing his first book in 1949. In the 1950s he turned to documentary filmmaking. Among his classic works from this period are Letter from Siberia, Cuba Si!, Le Joli Mai, and La Jetée. In the '60s and '70s he was actively involved with SLON, a filmmaking collective dedicated to activist production.

Marker reemerged to make films under his own name again in 1977 with Le Fond de l'air est rouge (English title: A Grin Without A Cat).

Creatively reworking his life as if editing one of his own films, Marker made films on other filmmakers during the '80s and '90s, including the renowned One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich. He also explored video and computer-generated imagery with a continued emphasis on the intersection between personal and political themes in films such as The Case of the Grinning Cat, which was released in English in 2006.

A pioneer auteur filmmaker and an original voice in world cinema for over 50 years, Marker passed away on his birthday, July 29, 2012. He is widely accepted to be one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in modern cinema history.

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