Noroit (Off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

Presented by La Collectionneuse & MUBI

Pre-reception with accordion performance by Andy Favre (aka Alpine Universe), snacks, and a puppet show!

Post-show DJ set by Fifi Les Rouges from Décadanse Soirée

This event will take place off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, located at 1345 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

On a foggy island off the shore of nowhere, in an unnamed 12th Century castle, a merry band of sartorially-inclined pirates coexist outside of relative or urgent time in Jacques Rivette’s adventurous Noroît, the endlessly anachronistic sister film to 1976’s Duelle. The title—a spin on a phrase meaning “the wind from the North West”—is as playful as the bodily improv and unrehearsed performance that drive this singular, sumptuous work, which hinges on ebbing relationships in a predominantly matriarchal collective of thieves. The omnipresent full moon, hanging like the threat of death each night, serves as a visual reminder of the flat, planar time in which Rivette freely experiments with the conventions of both Western theater and kabuki tradition, housed in the arc of a Jacobean revenge tragedy. With live, improvised music as spontaneous as the dynamic and deranged performances from a sublime cast of captivating female leads, this third film in Rivette’s “Dream Cycle” abstracts its narrative beyond verbal expression and into a realm where physical acts are the most potent form of communication.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1976, digital presentation, 145 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!