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AWARE, ANYWHERE

A film by

Benoît Bourreau

With Olivier Assayas, Kent Jones & Kristen Stewart

  

Directed by: Benoît Bourreau - Produced by: Bastien Ehouzan, Charles Gillibert & Sylvie Barthet - Cinematography: Pascal Auffray & Sean Price Williams - Editor: Sanabel Cherqaoui & Mathilde Van de Moortel
France - 2017 - 75 min

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Our double bill on Olivier Assayas continues this week with the online premiere of the rarely seen documentary Aware, Anywhere – Olivier Assayas, a documentary about Assayas directed by Benoît Bourreau as part of the legendary Cinéma, de notre temps series.  Previously broadcast in an abbreviated version on Ciné+ and TV5 Monde, this is the first time the full cut will be shown since it premiered at the International Film Festival of Geneva (GIFF) in 2017.

Formerly titled Cinéastes, de notre temps, this collection was created by Janine Bazin (wife of Cahiers du cinéma founder André Bazin) and another important cinephile and cinema guru, André S. Labarthe, who sadly passed away earlier this year.  This documentary series  comprises over 100 unforgettable episodes featuring masters talking about their work, such as Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Bresson, François Truffaut, Paolo Pasolini, Samuel Fuller, Jerry Lewis, John Cassavetes, Carl Theodor Dreyer (directed by Eric Rohmer), and Jean Renoir (by Jacques Rivette). Olivier Assayas himself directed an entry in the series about Hou Hou Hsiao-Hsien twenty years before he became the subject of Aware, Anywhere.

Aware, Anywhere is an intimate portrait of Assayas that cleverly blends Assayas’ thoughts – on his films, his approach to cinema, and the place of cinema today – with clips from his filmography and behind the scenes from the making of Personal Shopper, including footage of Assayas preparing scenes with Kristen Stewart.

The documentary is centered around a conversation between Assayas and his longtime friend Kent Jones, the filmmaker and director of the New York Film Festival who helped bring exposure to Assayas’ work in the U.S. Jones has directed documentaries such as Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) and A Letter to Elia (2010), he also co-wrote Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. (2013), and IFC Films will release his narrative feature debut, Diane, in 2019.  New York Film Festival opens today with a stellar lineup, including Assayas’ Non-Fiction, which screens on October 2nd and 3rd.

"I think the film reveals a lot about Olivier. One reads different things depending on one’s knowledge of his work. You definitely understand that he is someone who thinks about cinema incredibly well, and who works within a film legacy, who has a clear notion of film history, of the present and future of cinema. You also get that Olivier is someone who always questions and challenges himself, who works constantly."

— Benoît Bourreau

Pour ce portrait, Benoît Bourreau souhaitait placer Assayas dans un récit, pour permettre de faire exister son personnage. C’est ainsi qu’il choisit trois trames de narration: celle de re-parcourir sa filmographie, celui d’un moment actuel de la vie du cinéaste — rebondissant d’un projet avorté (Idol’s Eye) au tournage d’un autre (Personal Shopper) — et “l’après-réalisation”, en le retrouvant au moment de la première nord-américaine de son film. Aware, Anywhere fut tourné en 2016, exactement trente ans après la sortie du premier long-métrage d’Olivier Assayas Désordre dont la fin du film se termine à New York. L’occasion de revenir sur trois décennies de son oeuvre, dans cette même ville.

Benoît Bourreau started by studying art, including at the Beaux-Arts in Paris, and pursued his studies at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains. Artist, author, and filmmaker, Benoît directed the mid-length documentary Mieux partagés que nous ne sommes (2006), which screened at the Locarno International Film Festival and the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art.  His short film Le Chant des particules (2011) was selected at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. His first feature-length documentary, Making Heretics (2016), premiered at the IndieLisboa International Film Festival. He is currently developing two narrative feature projects.

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Directed by: Benoît Bourreau
Produced by: Bastien Ehouzan, Charles Gillibert & Sylvie Barthet
Cinematography: Pascal Auffray & Sean Price Williams
Editor: Sanabel Cherqaoui & Mathilde Van de Moortel

France - 2017 - 75 min

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