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UCCA Art Film Screenings 2018 Croisements Audio: France May 1968

2018.6.8 - 2018.6.17

Cinema Arts
Location:  Auditorium
Language:  French with Chinese and English subtitles

UCCA collaborates with the Institut Français de Pékin to present “France May 1968,” a series of screenings that probe the social and historical realities of that fateful month. Films include Romain Goupil’s Half a Life , Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou; Louis Malle’s May Fools, and parts one and two of Chris Marker’s A Grin Without a Cat.


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6.8(Friday)19:30-21:30 Half a Life + Q&A

6.16(Saturday)14:00-16:00 Pierrot le Fou

6.16(Saturday)16:30-18:30 May Fools

6.17(Sunday)14:00-17:00 A Grin Without a Cat

About the films

Half a Life

Director: Roman Groupil

Starring: Alain Bureau, Pierre Goupil, Romain Goupil

Duration: 95 minutes

Country : France

Romain Goupil’s autobiographical film tells the story of a friendship in Paris between 1966 and 1978, and of the tragic consequences that result when Michel Recanati, a militant leader during the May 68 riots, goes missing.

Pierrot le Fou

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo

Duration: 115 minutes
Country: France

Uninterested in his wife (Raymond Devos), Ferdinand Griffon (Jean-Paul Belmondo) wearies of his stagnant life. But when the couple hires an enigmatic baby-sitter, Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), Ferdinand falls head over heels in love with her and abandons his family. He soon discovers, however, that his mistress is not who she seems. Pursued by foreign thugs, Ferdinand and Marianne steal a car and embark on a crime spree through the French countryside all the way to the Mediterranean.

May Fools

Director: Louis Malle

Starring: Miou-Miou, Michel Piccoli, Michel Duchaussoy

Duration: 108 minutes

Country: France, Italy

An eccentric French family meets in the country for the funeral of their matriarch (Paulette Dubost), which takes place at the same time as the 1968 student revolts in Paris. Even with the latest updates of the riots coming in over the airwaves, the family prefers to focus on petty squabbles and personal matters rather than the current political climate. When the escalating protests leave them no choice but to venture deeper into the wilderness, they become even more removed from social affairs.

A Grin Without a Cat

Director: Chris Marker

Starring: Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jorge Sempnm

Duration: 180 minutes

Country: France

From the young anti-war protesters in America to the death of Che Guevara and the rise of leaders like Fidel Castro and Mao Tse-Tung, this documentary examines the rise and fall of the lefty movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The first segment delves into the beginnings of this liberal faction, focusing on 1967, when anti-Vietnam fervor sweeps the United States and invigorates the political debate. In part two, the disintegration of the movement, dubbed the New Left, is laid out.

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