Etre vivant et le savoir

Living and Knowing You're Alive
Alain Cavalier
F 2019

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
  • Emmanuèle Bernheim
  • Drehbuch Alain Cavalier nach Emmanuèle Bernheims Autobiografe „Tout s’est bien passé“
  • Aliocha Fano Renaudin
  • Françoise Widhof
Camera One, Arte France Cinèma


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