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Godard seul le cinéma

Venice Classics

Director:
Cyril Leuthy
Production:
10.7 productions (Cathy Palumbo) INA National Institute of Archives (Genevaux Anne) ARTE France (Verdier Nathalie)
Running Time:
100’
Language:
French
Country:
France
Main Cast:
Macha Meril, Thierry Jousse, Alain Bergala, Marina Vlady, Romain Goupil, David Faroult, Julie Delpy, Daniel Cohn Bendit, Gerard Martin, Nathalie Baye, Hanna Schygulla, Dominique Paini
Screenplay:
Cyril Leuthy
Cinematographer:
Gertrude Baillot
Editor:
Philippe Baillon, Cyril Leuthy
Music:
Thomas Dappelo
Sound:
Guillaume Valeix, Nicolas Paturle
Visual Effects:
Silvain Bernard

Synopsis

Jean-Luc Godard is cinema, its quintessence. Just turned 91, he has made more than 140 films. We hate him as much as we worship him. Where does his aura come from? From legendary films of course, but also from Godard himself. He is a public figure as much as a man shrouded in mystery. Everything and its opposite, he has taken all possible paths. It is not easy to seize such a legendary, enigmatic giant. Godard’s itinerary follows one direction only: a constant renewal of his art. He sees the creative act as a necessary act of criticism and deconstruction.” I always start from the negative. I am a positive man who starts from the negative”. The artist reinvents himself tirelessly, and inevitably destroys himself. This portrait wants to take us beyond the clichés of a myth that has sometimes become caricatural, to meet a man more sentimental than it seems, a man inhabited, sometimes surpassed, by his art. Because yes, Godard is human. Not just a machine who thinks and creates images. He is flesh, blood, emotions.

Director’s Statement

What is very motivating about Godard is that he authorises everything: he makes other filmmakers free, free to dare, to try, to challenge habits. Making this film amounted to exploring an artist who, more than many others, has a real faith in his art. To navigate such an ocean of ideas, films, and archives, I followed a path: remain humble and give voice to people who knew him. The film is more about the man than about his cinema, but when it comes to Godard, cinema and life merge, although in the end, the film also speaks of cinema...

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Cathy Palumbo – 10.7 productions
3, rue de Choiseul
75002 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 0665649626
cathypalumbo@10point7.com
http://www.10point7.com

PRODUCTION 2: Anne Genevaux – INA NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARCHIVES)
4, avenue de l’Europe
94360 – Bry-sur-Marne, France
Tel. +33 0681796593
agenevaux@ina.fr
http://www.ina.fr

PRODUCTION 3: Nathalie Verdier – ARTE France
8, rue Marceau
92785 – Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
Tel. +33 0155007152
Mob. +33 0619760388
n-verdier@artefrance.fr
http://www.arte.tv

WORLD SALES: Kilian Kiefel – MEDIAWAN RIGHTS
46, avenue de Breteuil
75007 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 0183752951
kkiefel@mediawan.com
http://www.mediawan.com

PRESS OFFICE: Mirjam Wiekenkamp – NOISE Film & TV
Van Hallstraat 54
1051 HH – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel. +31 628652249
mirjam@noisefilmpr.com


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