Etre vivant et le savoir

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Etre vivant et le savoir

Living and Knowing You're Alive

Alain Cavalier
F, 2019
Features, 82min, OmeU

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Etre vivant et le savoir

Alain Cavalier
F, 2019
Features, 82min, OmeU

Tue
29
Oct
18:30
Filmmuseum
Mon
04
Nov
16:00
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
Cast: 
Alain Cavalier
Emmanuèle Bernheim
Screenplay: 
Drehbuch Alain Cavalier nach Emmanuèle Bernheims Autobiografe „Tout s’est bien passé“
Sound: 
Aliocha Fano Renaudin
Editor: 
Françoise Widhof

Production: 
Camera One
Arte France Cinèma
World Sales: 
Pathé
Format: 
DCP
Color

For over 30 years, Alain Cavalier (now 88) has pursued the independent phase of his filmmaking career through the personal video-diary form, recording the most intimate impressions of his own life and the people around him. He has perfected his own inimitable manner for achieving closeness with the spectator: softly speaking while filming, capturing the before and after of actions, concentrating on objects, animals, and close-up fragments of bodies. In ÊTRE VIVANT ET LE SAVOIR, the thought of mortality looms large. Cavalier proposes to novelist and friend Emmanuèle Bernheim that they make her book about her father’s death into a film – with him playing the father. But these preparations stop when Bernheim must herself undergo treatment for cancer. Forming less a story than a fleeting record of traces, Cavalier’s images evoke the painting genre of the vanitas, with arrangements of rotting fruit, tree branches, old photos and book covers. Through the process of this exquisite agony, the filmmaker makes his reckoning with a spirituality that has nothing to do with churches, but is soulfully alive in material things, including the carefully wrought images and sounds of cinema itself. (Adrian Martin)

Alain Cavalier: LE COMBAT DANS L’ÎLE (1962), L’INSOUMIS (1964), MISE À SAC (1967), LA CHAMADE (1968), LE PLEIN DE SUPER (1976), MARTIN ET LÉA (1979), CE RÉPONDEUR NE PREND PAS DE MESSAGES (1979), UN ÉTRANGE VOYAGE (1981), THÉRÈSE (1986), LIBERA ME (1993), LA RENCONTRE (1996), VIES (2000), RENÉ (2002), LE FILMEUR (2005), IRÈNE (2009), PATER (2011), LE PARADIS (2014), LE CARAVAGE (2015), SIX PORTRAITS XL 1: LÉON ET GUILLAUME (2017), SIX PORTRAITS XL 2: JACQUOTTE ET DANIEL (2017), SIX PORTRAITS XL 3: PHILIPPE ET BERNARD (2017)