By Bernardo Bertolucci | thursday march 7th at 8:30 pm et sunday march 10th at 11 am at the Pathé Flon
GB-Italie / 1987 / 2h42 / v.o. s-t fr. / 10 (10) / With John Lone, Peter O’Toole, Joan Chen
Presented by Jeremy Thomas sunday march 10th, producer of the film
Tracing the tormented fate of China’s last emperor Pu Yi, the late Bernardo Bertolucci made an epic film that would be impossible to produce today without special effects. The shoot lasted more than 6 months, required some 19,000 extras, 9,000 costumes, 300 technicians and access to the throne room of the Forbidden City, where no filmmaker had ever been allowed to enter, and never entered again since. A seemingly impossible challenge, the film remains one of the most awarded in the history of the Oscars.
By David Cronenberg | saturday march 9th at 3:30 pm at the Cinématographe
USA / 1991/ 1h55 / v.o. s-t fr. / 16(16) / With Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm
Presented by Jeremy Thomas film producer
Naked Lunchopens with “Nothing is true; everything is permitted”. Cronenberg achieved a veritable tour de force by adapting William Burroughs’ sulphurous book, The Naked Lunch, always deemed unadaptable. Many filmmakers, from Lynch to Jodorowsky, had tried and failed before him. How to translate this delirium, tinged with raw violence, into images without making the film totally incomprehensible and unworkable? Cronenberg chose freedom, joyfully drawing on the writer’s mythology, which was itself largely autobiographical.
By Abd Al Malik | friday march 8th at 1 pm at the Pathé Galeries
France / 2014 / 1h34 / v.f s-t ang / 14 (16) / With Marc Zinga, Sabrina Ouazani
Adapted from his autobiographical book of the same name, May Allah Bless France! tells the story of Régis, a black, gifted, migrant child raised with his two brothers by a Catholic mother in Strasbourg’s Neuhoff council estates. This highly aesthetic black and white film, largely inspired by La Haine, gives music pride of place with a soundtrack featuring the director himself, R&B singer Wallen and electro king Laurent Garnier.
By Jean-Paul Rappeneau | saturday march 9th at 2:30 pm at the Capitole | Accessible session in audio description
France / 1990 / 2h07 / VF / 10(10) / With Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez
Followed by a conversation with Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Anne Brochet and Vincent Perez
One is handsome, but without verve. The other is a veritable master with words and beautifully turned sentences, but his oversized nose prevents him from seduction. Both are in love with the same woman. We know the rest. Jean-Paul Rappeneau turned Edmond Rostand’s famous play into a thrilling swashbuckling film. The film won many awards, including ten César awards.
By Jean Jacques Annaud | sunday march 10th at 10 am at the Capitole| Accessible session in audio description
France / 1988 / 1h40 / VF / 10(10) / With Tchéky Karyo, Jack Wallace, André Lacombe
Presented by Jean-Jacques Annaud
This film was an extraordinary challenge to make. It took four years to train the twelve bears that served as understudies for Youk, the orphaned bear. The film shoot, outdoors over three months, was terribly complicated and sometimes extremely dangerous. The film is a powerful and poetic hymn to nature and animal life. The story connects us with our primal emotions, resonating back to our childhood, before our innocence was lost.
By Jean Jacques Annaud | samedi 9 mars à 19h au Capitole
Italie – France -Allemagne / 1986 / 2h09 / v.o. s-t fr. / 14(14) / With Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Michael Lonsdale
Presented by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Jean-Jacques Annaud took up the great challenge of adapting Umberto Eco’s best-selling novel to the big screen. Aiming to be historically accurate, this medieval thriller took five years to make. Sean Connery is Franciscan investigator Guillaume de Baskerville, a rational man in a mystical world.The Name of the Rose was a worldwide hit seen by millions of spectators. It won the César for Best Foreign Film.
By Paul Auster | friday march 8th at 9 pm at the Cinématographe
USA / 1998 / 1h43 / v.o. s-t fr. / 12(16) / With Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino
Presented by Paul Auster
Paul Auster’s first film as a solo director Lulu on the Bridgeexpresses themes that are dear to him: love, chance, coincidence, childhood, identity and the possibility of reinventing one’s life. Izzy, a saxophone player (Harvey Keitel) is on the verge of death after getting hit by a stray bullet. After discovering a mysterious stone, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful aspiring actress, but their happiness is cut short by a series of strange, dreamlike events.
By Paul Auster | saturday march 9th at 11 am at the Capitole
USA / 2007 / 1h34/ v.o. s-t fr. / 12(16) / With David Thewlis, Irène Jacob
Preceded by a Conversation with Paul Auster
Paul Auster explores the work of the author in his latest feature film. A writer’s relationship to creativity and inspiration, his dependence on the work he is writing and the blurred lines between reality and fiction. Martin Frost, a famous author, has come to take a break, alone in his friends’ cottage. The very first evening though, he starts to write. In the morning, he discovers a young woman lying beside him. Fascinated by her beauty and intelligence, Martin falls madly in love with her. Who is this strange woman? A muse or a character straight out of the writer’s imagination?
By Wayne Wang, Paul Auster | sunday march 10th at 3:30 pm at the Cinématographe
USA / 1995 / 1h52 / v.o. s-t fr. / 12 (14) / With Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, Stockard Channing
Presented by Paul Auster
Smoke’s characters are regulars at Auggie’s tobacco store in Brooklyn. Among them Paul, a bereaved writer who buys his cigars there. Ordinary characters are this film’s protagonists, and Paul Auster and Wayne Wang make them wonderfully endearing despite their weaknesses. Their film is a warm-hearted study of the more positive aspects of human nature, and shows theway lives are changed by small details.
A tale about the importance of friendship, family bonds, racial harmony, and going out of your way to help others.Auggie’s store comes to feel like our own street-corner store, and its customers feel like our own neighbours. So much so that when the film ends, we are left with a strange feeling of nostalgia.
By Agnès Jaoui | friday march 8th at 4:30 pm at the Paderewski
France / 2000 / 1h52 / VF / 12(16) / With Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui, Alain Chabat
Followed by a discussion with Agnès Jaoui
An uncultured but wealthy entrepreneur (Jean-Pierre Bacri), discovers that his English teacher is a talented artist and an intellectual. Subjugated by her world that is so foreign to him, he tries to conquer her heart, but must abide by codes that are unfamiliar to him. Agnès Jaoui’s first film as a director is brilliantly written by Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri. Class differences provide a rich context for Bacri and Jaoui’s situation comedies. The film perfectly illustrates the social complexities at work in our society. The Taste of Otherswon four César awards and was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film.
By Andreï Zviaguintsev | friday march 8th at 8:30 pm at the Capitole
Russie / 2011 / 1h49 / v.o. s-t fr. / 12(16) / With Nadejda Markina, Andreï Smirnov
Presented by Andreï Zviaguintsev
Elena, Zvyagintsev’s third feature film, examines present day Russia through the prism of a woman’s moral dilemma. Elena is a simple woman married to a wealthy man. Nearing death he intends to leave his entire inheritance to a daughter from a previous marriage. Elena, whose own son keeps asking her for money, decides to take matters into her own hands. Without ever taking a stand, the film creates a masterful balance between empathy and detachment.
By Andreï Zviaguintsev | saturday march 9th at 9 pm at the Cinématographe
Russie / 2014 / 2h21 / v.o. s-t fr./ 14(16) / With Alexei Serebriakov, Vladimir Vdovitchenkov, Elena Lyadova
Presented by Andreï Zviaguintsev
With his fourth film, multi-award winning director Andreï Zvyagintsev takes us far from Moscow, to the lunar landscapes near Murmansk, north of the Arctic Circle. Leviathan bluntly denounces corruption in Russian through the fate of a family-man threatened with expropriation. Sharply directed, with a mystical dimension drawn from the book of Job, Zviaguintsev brilliantly depicts a segment of rural Russia plagued by alcohol and widespread violence.
By Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | saturday march 9th at 5:30 pm at the Pathé Galeries
USA / 2013 / 1h44 / v.o. s-t fr. / 12(16) / With Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake
Presented by Joel Coen and Bruno Delbonnel
Winter of 1961, Greenwich Village, New York. Llewyn Davis is a talented guitarist but his life as an artist is an everyday struggle. With no place to live, he stays with friends or relatives. Day after day, he laboriously tries to score auditions, without success. Jury Grand Prix winner at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, this Coen Brothers film immerses the audience in the folk music scene of the 1960s.
By Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | thursday march 7th at 6 pm at the Capitole
USA / 2018 / 2h13 / v.o. s-t fr./ 12(14) / With Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, James Franco
Presented by Joel Coen and Bruno Delbonnel during the Opening Ceremony
Who said this film could not be seen in movie theaters? Here it is, for its first theatrical screening in Switzerland – and in an extraordinary venue! Produced by Netflix, the Coen brothers’ latest film revisits the Western genre in six poetic, funny, philosophical, violent and dark tales. This mixing of genres is a Coen brothers specialty that is particularly suited to this sketch format.The audience is masterfully brought from roaring laughter to complete horror, while pondering on humankind’s desperate condition.
By Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | thursday march 7th at 5:30 pm at the Pathé Galeries
USA / 2007 / 2h03 / v.o. s-t fr./ 16(16) / With Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson
Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, this western style thriller won four Oscars: best film, best director, best supporting actor for Javier Bardem and best adapted screenplay. With an avalanche of corpses, Llewelyn Moss is on the run after grabbing a briefcase full of dollars, found by chance at the scene of a carnage. On his heels are Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a chilling psychopathic murderer who viciously pursues his victims, and Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), a disillusioned sheriff on the come-back.
By Gus Van Sant | sunday march 10th at 6 pm at the Capitole
USA / 1989 / 1h44 / v.o. s-t fr. / 18 (18) / With Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James LeGros
Presented by Matt Dillon at the Closing Ceremony
Often considered a junkie’s version of Bonnie and Clyde,Drugstore Cowboychronicles the life of a couple of drug addicts, Bob (Matt Dillon) and Dianne (Kelly Lynch) who steal their drugs from pharmacies. When their friend dies from an overdose, Bob decides to give up drugs. Gus Van Sant’s second feature film talks about drugs in both a realistic and lighthearted way, without ever judging or succumbing to pathos. Matt Dillon’s performance mirrors this: his pathetic and endearing character refuses to be considered a victim. This stance was expressed by William S. Burroughs himself, who’s appearance in the film became cult.
By Bent Hamer | sunday march 10th at 2 pm at the Paderewski
Norvège – USA/2005/2h07/ v.o. s-t fr./16(16) / With Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei
Followed by a conversation with Matt Dillon moderated by Pierre Philippe Cadert
The film, based on a short story of the same name by Charles Bukowski, features Hank Chinaski, a self-proclaimed writer and alcoholic. He struggles to keep jobs he hates, bets on horses, has endless flings, and splits up with his girlfriend. All this before meeting the fascinating Laura. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 as part of the Directors’ Fortnight, this autobiographical fiction depicts the chaotic and unstable world of Bukowski and his disenchanted persona, desperately trying to escape boredom.
By Atiq Rahimi | friday march 8th at 5:30 pm at the Pathé Galeries
France – Allemagne – Afghanistan / 2012 / 1h42 / v.o. s-t fr./ 16 (16) / With Golshifteh Farahani, Hamidreza Javdan
Followed by a discussion with Atiq Rahimi and Golshifteh Farahani
The patience stone is a magical stone in which one can confide and be freed from all suffering. In a room, somewhere where a war is raging, a woman watches over her husband. He is in a coma, a bullet lodged in the back of his head. She tells him things she never said before. He becomes her patience stone, freeing her words. Atiq Rahimi’s brilliant adaptation of his 2008 Goncourt Prize-winning novel is a poignant account of the imprisonment and alienation of women, but also of men. Syngue Sabouris a film about war, but above all about women and their struggle for freedom.
By Jonathan Glazer | friday march 8th at 6:30 pm at the Cinématographe
GB-ES / 2000 / 1h29/ v.o. s-t fr./ 14(14) / With Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane
The plot is simple: Dove is a retired gangster. He enjoys his hard-earned wealth by the poolside with a drink in hand. But Logan (an extraordinary Ben Kingsley) comes to tear him away from his idleness to have him do one last “hit”. Dove refuses and Logan gets angry. But the storyline is not what holds Sexy Beasttogether. You have to see it to believe it, because it is an experience that needs to be lived. Kingsley’s performance, oscillating between childishness and psychiatric rage, makes us forget that he was once Gandhi.