The competition for the Palme d’Or continued on May 12 with the screening of French director Eva Husson’s Les Filles Du Soleil and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s Three Faces (Se Rokh). Jean-Luc Godard, who did not make the trip to Cannes, returned yesterday in the Official Competition with The Image Book.
Eva Husson‘s Daughters of the Sun (France) evokes the fight of the Yezidi women against the Islamic state in Kurdistan in Iraq and Syria. Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director of Three Faces (Se Rokh), won the Caméra d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival with his first feature film, The White Ballon. The authorities of his country, who accuse him of his “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”, prevented him from traveling to present his work in Cannes. Another missing personnality: Jean-Luc Godard, who did not make the trip, but returns in the Official Competition with The Book of Image, four years after Farewell to the Language, awarded the Jury Prize in 2014.
Pictorial material with multiple sources
The Image Book is the eighth feature film by the Franco-Swiss filmmaker presented at the Festival de Cannes, absent from a festival he has not honored with his presence since 2004. For some time, the director of À Bout of Souffle and Pierrot Le Fou, has been indulging into cinematographic experiments. Jean-Luc Godard‘s The Image Book is a series of collages of images, videos, a pictorial material with multiple sources and as many formats, cropping, magnification, recoloring, etc.
Gone With May 68
50 years ago, in May 68, the 21st edition of the International Film Festival opened in the former Palais des Festivals on the Croisette with Gone with the Wind when, Jean-Luc Godard, with Claude Lelouch, François Truffaut, Louis Malle and Roman Polanski, created the General Commitee for Cinema. In support of students facing the police in the streets of Paris, the filmmakers asked for and get the interruption of the festival, much to the discontent of the Delegate General Favre Le Bret. The following year will see the creation of the Directors’ Fortnight, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.
This audiovisual kaleidoscope, this maelstrom of images, this mosaic “reworking existing images from the history of cinema and humanity”, images from his films but also others like The Rule of the Game, In fourth Gear, Les Visiteurs du soir, Timbuktu… aspires to be a reflection on the Arab world!
After bidding farewell to the language, Jean-Luc Godard said goodbye to the actors (and many other things too) to sit as an audiovisual poet in front of his mixing desk, triturating the pictorial material in search of new waves of emotions.
Farewell to Language, an experimental 3D essay film, earned Jean-Luc Godard the Jury Prize (ex-aequo with Xavier Dolan‘s Mommy) in Cannes. What will The Image Book yeald the old icon of the New Wave, apart from a “good point” by his exegetes?
The Image Book by Jean-Luc Godard
1h25 Color and B & W
The Red Carpet of Three Faces by Jafar Panahi
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