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Premiere: An Homage to Jean-Luc Godard. The Image Book and La France contre les robots

Echo of the first New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival
1 September 2020
19:30–21:30

DESCRIPTION

A double screening of the latest works by two classics of avant-garde political cinema who have not in the least lost their revolutionary fervor. The Russian premiere of Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book will be preceded by Jean-Marie Straub's short paying homage to Godard, based on a text by Georges Bernanos.


La France contre les robots

A new work from a legend of political cinema, dedicated to Jean-Luc Godard. First by night and then by day, Christophe Clavert reads excerpts from Georges Bernanos's La France contre les robots, which closes with the following words: "In short: regimes formerly opposed in ideology are now directly united by Technology. A world dominated by Technology is lost for Liberty."

The screening is in French with Russian subtitles.

La France contre les robots
Dir. Jean-Marie Straub
Switzerland, 2020. 10 min. 12+ 


The Image Book

The long-awaited Russian premiere of the latest work by the great iconoclast and innovator Jean-Luc Godard. The director received a Special Palme d'Or, the only one in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, for this film. As is always the case with Godard, it defies all comparison.

In a methodological continuation of his own Histoire(s) du cinéma cycle, Godard once again creates an intellectual collage of amateur videos, literary quotes, his favorite films, and classical music. The work is divided into several chapters, one of which is titled St. Petersburg's Evenings. As in his previous work, he is primarily interested in two things: the nature of the image and the logic of war, as well as images of war. While we have made sure that the Russian subtitles for the film are as detailed as possible, The Image Book is not some kind of brain teaser that needs to be solved. It is a stream that carries the viewer in its current or, as people might say on the internet, a mood. It is undoubtedly pessimistic, but militant all the same.

The screening is in Arab, English, French, and Italian with Russian subtitles.

The Image Book
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard
France, Switzerland, 2018. 184 min. 16+

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is a platform for new and daring cinema whose mission is to support original creative expression and to amplify new voices internationally. The festival was established in 2019 in St. Petersburg. It was marked by a large-scale three-day preview, during which over 50,000 people visited New Holland Island. The president of the festival is Alexander Rodnyansky, the program director is Alexey Artamonov, and Andrey Kartashov is the curator of the short competition. The festival is organized by the team of the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.

tickets

Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*

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 GARAGE cardholders: 175 RUB**

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

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* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance

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