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Director of the month: Philippe Garrel

A precocious child of the cinema, Philippe Garrel, son of the actor Maurice Garrel, made his first films in the mid-1960s. His dazzling and incandescent cine-poems are called Les Enfants désaccordés (1964), Marie pour mémoire (1967), Le Révélateur (1968, with Bernadette Lafont) or La Concentration (1968, with Jean-Pierre Léaud and Zouzou). Alongside the singer Nico, his seventies companion, his quest for an existence transcended by art became psychedelic (from La Cicatrice intérieure in 1971 to L'Enfant secret in 1979). His…

Director of the month: Alice Diop

Her first fiction film, Saint Omer, has just won two prizes at the Venice Film Festival (Silver Lion and Lion of the Future, rewarding a first film): it is Alice Diop, our director of the month.

Hail Godard

"The fact is that, in front of Godard, one is like in front of Picasso. He has lived through his era, embracing it completely, he is steeped in its contradictions and flashes of brilliance, he has tried everything, he has absorbed everything, he has been several filmmakers, he has had several lives, some simultaneously." - Olivier Assayas, 2006

Blood red

"The sky is only blue by convention, but red in reality." -Alberto Giacometti

Only Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks - unique in every way - was able to embody with perfection the categories of Hollywood cinema, while bending these codes to his original style. 

Director of the month: Elia Suleiman

A burlesque figure wearing a hat adapts with more or less success to his environment. Do you think of Jacques Tati, or Buster Keaton? This is their contemporary counterpart: Palestinian filmmaker and actor Elia Suleiman (Chronicle of a Disappearance, Divine Intervention, It Must Be Heaven...).

FATAL

LaCinetek succumbs to the fatal genre of Hollywood film noir and its criminal variations: poisonous glamour, irresistible performers (Ava Gardner, Gloria Swanson, Burt Lancaster, Clint Eastwood) dressed to kill, deep blacks, narrative vertigo, lethal stagings signed Hawks, Wilder, Siodmak, Welles, Tarantino... 

Addio Monica

Monica Vitti, an icon sculpted of shadow and light, an incandescent eclipse of Italian cinema in its golden age, has just left us.

Women Pioneers of Cinema

After bringing Alice Guy to light in 2020, LaCinetek is once again partnering with Lobster Films to present, within its "Hidden Treasures" section, a selection of 7 new films from the beginning of the 20th century made by women, little celebrated yet innovative. Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Germaine Dulac or Mary Ellen Bute: so many pioneers women filmmakers whose rich filmography, almost unseen on VOD, should be (re)discovered.

The Universal Monsters

Focus on the Universal Monsters, a series of horror, suspense and science fiction films produced by Universal Pictures between 1923 and 1960, which offered their first cinematographic representations of the romantic figures of Dracula, Frankenstein or the werewolf!