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Jean-Pierre Jeunet at the American Cinematheque and USC!

"Amélie." 2001. France. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

The American Cinematheque will be welcoming filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet to the Aero and Egyptian Theatres for the program The Prodigious Jean-Pierre Jeunet, presented with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The program runs from Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 5 with Jeunet in person for discussion on the films!

The USC School of Cinematic Arts will present a special retrospective screening of Alien: Resurrection, followed by a Q&A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Composer John Frizzell, and Creature Effects Supervisor Alec Gillis in person!
The event is free to the public, but RSVP is required!
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American Cinematheque screenings:

Saturday, May 4 – 7:30pm – Egyptian Theatre

  • Program begins with the short films Things I Like, Things I Don’t Like (1989, 8 min. Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet) and Deux Escargots s’en Vont (2016, 3 min. Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet).
  • Screening of Amélie
  • Discussion following the feature with Jeunet

Sunday, May 5 – 4:00pm – Aero Theatre

  • Screening of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
  • Discussion following with Jeunet

Sunday, May 5 – 8:00pm – Aero Theatre

  • Screening of The City of Lost Children
  • Discussion between films with Jeunet
  • Screening of Delicatessen

Few contemporary filmmakers hit the sweet spot of fantasy as accurately as French writer-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With an interest in animation that goes back to his teens, Jeunet won a pair of César awards for animated shorts, and his love of the medium led him to comic book artist Marc Caro. The two would collaborate on a pair of delightfully surreal features: the cannibalistic black comedy Delicatessen (which brought Jeunet two more Césars) and the ambitious mad-scientist tale The City of Lost Children.

A Cannes Film Festival entry, The City of Lost Children caught the attention of 20th Century Fox, and Jeunet was soon directing Alien Resurrection. Though the sci-fi sequel remains the director’s sole Hollywood film to date, his next project drew even greater attention. Starring Audrey Tautou in the title role, Amélie was both a box office hit – it’s the highest-grossing French language film ever released in the U.S. – and a critical favorite, earning several Oscar nominations and four César Awards.

With much of the warm-hearted whimsy of that earlier romantic comedy, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet accompanies a 10-year-old inventor on a cross-country journey. Shot in 3-D, Jeunet’s latest is a touching, visually imaginative film that further underlines his gift for grounding wondrous tales in emotional reality.

Amélie: This marvelous poetic fantasy about a wide-eyed young Parisian waitress (played by the sensational Audrey Tautou) who manages to influence the destinies of all who meet her. Filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz co-stars as Amelie’s would-be boyfriend. 

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Written by: Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus
Year: 2001
Runtime: 122 min
Language: French, Russian with English subtitles
Distributor: Miramax/Park Circus

The Young and Prodigious T.S. SpivetThis beguiling big-screen adaptation of Reif Larsen’s popular novel follows Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet (Kyle Catlett), a 10-year-old inventor who travels on his own from his family’s Montana home to Washington, D.C. to accept a prize from the Smithsonian Institution.

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Written by: Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Kyle Catlett
Year: 2013
Runtime: 105 min
Language: English
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

The City of Lost Children: The long-planned second feature from the creative team behind Delicatessen is just as bizarre, sinister and wildly imaginative as its predecessor, mixing elements of Dr. Caligari, Victor Hugo and Rube Goldberg into the story of a kind-hearted circus strongman (Ron Perlman) and his coquettish 7-year old sidekick (Judith Vittet), who attempt to stop a wicked scientist (Daniel Emilfork) from stealing the dreams of little children.

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Written by: Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gilles Adrien, Marc Caro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet
Year: 1995
Runtime: 112 min
Language: French, Cantonese with English subtitles
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Delicatessen: Set in a surreal, post-apocalyptic world that’s equal parts Terry Gilliam, Jan Svankmajer and Bozo the Clown, the film stars Dominique Pinon as rubber-faced acrobat Louison and Marie-Laure Dougnac as his myopic sweetheart Julie, trying to find love while they evade the murderous meat-cleaver of her father (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) and a tenement filled with cannibalistic neighbors!

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Written by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gilles Adrien, Marc Caro
Starring: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech
Year: 1991
Runtime: 99 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Rialto Pictures