Free Radicals: Serge Bozon and the New French Cinema

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In person: writer, director, actor and DJ Serge Bozon (La France)!

Serge Bozon

Don't miss Bozon's DJ sets in the Furman Gallery following the last screenings on Friday and Sunday evenings! Complimentary beer & wine will be served. [We Card: You must be 21+ to be served alcoholic beverages.]

Fifty years after Jean-Luc Godard and the Young Turks of Cahiers du cinéma, another “new wave” of critic-filmmakers hailing from the iconoclastic magazine La lettre du cinéma is boldly storming the gates of the French film establishment. Made in a collective spirit, using many of the same actors and crew, these highly literate, deeply romantic, formally inventive works introduce a group of prodigious young talents. At the center of this constellation is the writer, director, actor, lyricist and DJ Serge Bozon (La France), who will join us to present this first major U.S. survey of films by the Lettre du cinéma circle. Read more about France's latest filmmaking phenomena: Serge Bozon & Company

SPECIAL PROGRAM: THE CINEMA ACCORDING TO SERGE BOZON
Continuing in the spirit of Bozon’s 2010 Centre Pompidou exhibition, we have invited the filmmaker to present a handful of unheralded, rarely screened treasures that have inspired and influenced his work, with a particular emphasis on American Westerns and films produced by the maverick French auteur Paul Vecchiali under the aegis of his company Les Films Diagonale: Femmes femmes, Rouge-gorge, Far from Manhattan, and Simone Barbes or Virtue. Presented in collaboration with Anthology Film Archives. ALL SCREENINGS INTRODUCED BY SERGE BOZON! 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

Panel Discussion: Serge Bozon and the New French Cinema
Friday, April 15 at Columbia University Maison Française
For more information, visit maisonfrancaise.org

Serge Bozon Presents
Saturday, April 16 at Anthology Film Archives
For more information, visit anthologyfilmarchives.org

Thanks to: Anthology Film Archives/Jed Rapfogel, Aura Été/François Hatiès, Baba Yaga Films/Jean-Marc Zékri, Miriam Bale, Serge Bozon, Cultural Services of the French Embassy/Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Muriel Guidoni, Benjamin Esdraffo, Les Films Pelléas/David Thion, Jean-Charles Fitoussi, Forum Des Images/Laurence Millereux, Aurélia Georges, Pierre Léon, Rendezvous Pictures/Philippe Tasca, Shellac Distribution/Thomas Ordonneau, Paul Vecchiali

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Past Films

Fantômes

Fantômes

Jean-Paul Civeyrac | 2001 | 35mm | 95 mins

In a world where people disappear mysteriously, and the living and the dead intermingle, several lost souls search for true love.

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Femmes femmes

Femmes femmes

Paul Vecchiali | 1974 | 35mm | 115 mins

Serge Bozon presents “The best film of the best decade of French cinema.” Starring a terrific Sonia Savange and Hélène Surgère as Paris flatmates. Part of THE CINEMA ACCORDING TO SERGE BOZON. Bozon spins vinyl in the Furman Gallery after the 8:30pm screening on Friday, April 15!

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La France

La France

Serge Bozon | 2007 | 35mm | 102 mins

A woman (Sylvie Testud) disguises herself as a man and searches for her soldier husband in Bozon’s dazzling, unclassifiable World War I musical.

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Mods

Mods

Serge Bozon | 2002 | 35mm | 60 mins

When a college ladies man falls into a catatonic state, his two soldier brothers arrive to nurse his recovery. Periodically, there are garage rock dance numbers. SCREENING WITH Étoile violette (Axelle Ropert, 2005): A tailor (Bozon) enrolls in a night-school literature course and soon finds himself communing with the spirit of Jean-Jacques Rosseau (Lou Castel) in this whimsical directorial debut by La France co-screenwriter Ropert. Q&A with Bozon on April 15!

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Rouge-gorge

Rouge-gorge

Pierre Zucca | 1985 | 35mm | 95 mins

A teen goes on a strange adventure in this film of “reedy perfection.” With Philippe and Laetitia Léotard, Jerôme Zucca, Victoria Abril, and Fabrice Luchini. Part of THE CINEMA ACCORDING TO SERGE BOZON.

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Simone Barbes or Virtue

Simone Barbes or Virtue

Marie-Claude Treilhou | 1980 | 35mm w/ electronic subtitles | 77 mins

A sumptuous, risqué film about a porn-theater usher, reconciling poetic realism with the formal daring of the New Wave. Part of THE CINEMA ACCORDING TO SERGE BOZON.

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The Walking Man

The Walking Man

Aurélia Georges | 2007 | 35mm | 82 mins

Inspired by Russian-Jewish painter and author Vladimir Slepian, this strikingly original bio-pic chronicles the life of an émigré writer who gains fame then fades just as completely. Intro and Q&A with Aurélia Georges!

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The Wolberg Family

The Wolberg Family

Axelle Ropert | 2009 | 35mm | 82 mins

A warm, funny, and very touching family portrait centering on a beleaguered small-town French mayor, featuring a scene-stealing Bozon as his bohemian brother-in-law. Bozon spins vinyl in the Furman Gallery after the 9pm screening on Sunday,  April 17!

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