La Collectionneuse presents: Olivier Assayas

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Olivier Assayas joins Cinefamily for a weekend in celebration of his newest film, Personal Shopper. The son of a filmmaker (Jacques Rémy), Assayas got his start in filmmaking after writing for Cahiers du cinéma, in the tradition of Godard, Truffaut and Chabrol. But he was of a different generation than the venerable elders of Cahiers, as is strikingly apparent in his films’ unique portraits of an increasingly globalized world. This weekend, Assayas will take us inside his influences, presenting the work of some of his favorite filmmakers – Guy Debord and Bo Widerberg – and a program of his own rare shorts and music films (with Kim Gordon in person). Also featuring a screening of his own rarely screened meta-film, Irma Vep (in a new DCP restoration). Additional Assayas titles to screen throughout March.

Special thanks to Aude Hesbert, Sylvie Barthet, and Ryan Werner.

Presented by La Collectionneuse
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3/29 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

“A dance about a piece of music within a film about dance.” -FIAF

With made-for-TV documentary Eldorado, filmmaker Olivier Assayas has completely redefined our expectations of what it means to be awestruck by a piece of art. Assayas’s vibrant, meditative picture pulls back the curtain on the collaborative creative process to reveal two masters of their craft working together toward a common goal: producing an avant-garde, contemporary ballet. His camera and its perfect frames shift between the rehearsal studio of French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and the recording laboratory of legendary German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (a mad scientist-level genius who once claimed to have been born on a planet orbiting a nearby star Sirius). Much like the mythical city that gives the ballet – and the film – its name, Assayas has discovered an intangible alchemy between choreographer, composer, and filmmaker. There’s nothing quite like watching commanding innovators speak the same language about distinct artist practices, but Preljocaj and Stockhausen’s synergized revelations – not to mention their remarkably distinct final product, which we are granted the privilege of watching performed in its entirety – make for one of the most captivating documentations of the organic creative process in recent memory.

Dir. Olivier Assayas, 2008, Digibeta, 102 min.