Philippe Garrel

November 11 to November 26

“The child of Cocteau and Godard” (Rivette), “the proverbial underrated genius” (Assayas), Philippe Garrel began making films at sixteen, fired by a mythopoetic vision and a political fervor that crested and crashed in May ’68, whose turmoil he filmed in the long-lost, newly discovered Actua 1, and decades later re-created from memory in Regular Lovers. Then, beginning with 1982’s L’enfant secret, Garrel became something of the patron saint of narrative minimalists, making pareddown, cloistered works fascinated with the significance of minute gestures yet encompassing wider world affairs both social and romantic. Garrel’s reflective films draw heavily on his autobiography—the women in his life, including the chanteuse Nico, his companion for a crucial decade-long interlude; his addictions and inner turmoil; a family of politically-engaged artisans, incorporating as actors father Maurice, son Louis and most-recently daughter Esther, alongside comrades Jean-Pierre Léaud, Anne Wiazemsky, Pierre Clémenti and Zouzou. This retrospective, the most complete yet in the United States, including recent digital restorations courtesy of Re: Voir, and new 35mm prints, will provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience fifty years of work from cinema’s foremost poet.

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