The Films of Guy Debord (with Olivier Assayas in person)

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

Olivier Assayas was 13 in May ‘68. Growing up in the Paris of the 70s and precociously political, he was absorbed in the work of writer, filmmaker, and founding member of the Situationist International Guy Debord (notably, of La société du spectacle fame). Assayas presents two underrated and underseen films by Guy Debord: Critique de la separation and In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni.

Assayas on Debord:
“Debord published his Collected Cinematographic Works in 1980, I think, and then I read it. I had not seen the short films. No one had seen them. I had no idea—even remotely—what they looked like. I had read them and I loved them. And at the end, there was a text with a description of the new film. So basically, when In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (We Spin Around the Night Consumed by the Fire) opened, I had already read the whole texts a couple of times. And when I saw the film, for me it was simply one of the meaningful modern works of art I had come across, at any level.”

Critique de la separation
Dir. Guy Debord, 1961, digital presentation, 20 min.

In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni
Dir. Guy Debord, 1978, digital presentation, 100 min.