V’16: OCTOBER 20 – NOVEMBER 2, 2016

Cousin Jules

V' 13

Le Cousin Jules

Dominique Benicheti
F, 1973
Documentaries, 91min, kein Dialog

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Le Cousin Jules

Dominique Benicheti
F, 1973
Documentaries, 91min, kein Dialog

Screenplay: 
Dominique Benicheti
Sound: 
Dominique Benicheti
Camera: 
Pierre-William Glenn
Paul Launay
Editor: 
Marie-Geneviève Ripeau

Production: 
Rythma Film
Les Films Orzeaux
World Sales: 
Patricia Barnes Matthews
Format: 
DCP
Color

A lost masterpiece of cinema, now beautifully restored and available for the first time in years, COUSIN JULES was the result of five years of painstaking work by director Dominique Benicheti and cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn. Over that period, the team photographed and recorded the daily lives of Jules (Benichetti’s cousin) and his wife, French farmers living alone in the countryside. The result is a ravishing, totally immersive work, in which we not only enter into the subjects’ world but also into the very rhythms of their lives, captured with a wonderful sensitivity that never feels condescending or clinical. Highly and widely praised when first seen in 1973, the film slipped from view after Benicheti turned his attention and talents to a host of other projects. Yet the memory of LE COUSIN JULES lingered for its small but devoted cult of admirers, and now this extraordinary film is with us once again. (Film Society Lincoln Center)

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