In the Cinéma Club of Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Jean-Paul Civeyrac is one of French contemporary cinema’s most uncompromising auteurs. His 1996 debut feature Neither Eve nor Adam was described as the meeting point of Robert Bresson and Nicholas Ray, and his 2003 film All the Fine Promises, an adaption of a novel by the iconic French New Wave actress Anne Wiazemsky, was awarded the Jean Vigo Prize. A retrospective of Civeyrac’s work was presented at the Cinémathèque Française earlier this year. His latest film, A Paris Education, a coming-of-age story set among students and cinephiles, had its world premiere at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival Panorama section, and was applauded by French critics upon its April release in France.
Jean-Paul Civeyrac shares with us five films he loves.
FROM THE BRANCHES DROPS THE WITHERED BLOSSOMS, Paul Meyer, 1960
In this movie, a simple children's game seems to be able to prevail over everything.
CARTESIUS, Roberto Rossellini, 1974
This film makes you feel how long and difficult it is to think, to have an idea.
MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT, Lino Brocka, 1975
Lino Brocka shows that the soul can remain unscathed, even in hell.
THE LONG FAREWELL, Kira Muratova, 1971
All the passion of a mother's love for her son is in this film.
TABU: A STORY OF THE SOUTH SEAS, F. W. Murnau, 1931
Because here humans, animals, plants, earth, sea, sky, belong to the same world.