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Le Grand Meaulnes (1967)

Alain-Fournier RIP:
3rd October 1886 - 22nd September 1914

dir. Jean-Gabriel Albicocco, with Brigitte Fossey, Jean Blaise, Alain Libolt

Monday 22nd September, 8.30pm - Ciné Lumière (South Kensington)

book here

Introduced by the writer Julie Myerson

On 22nd September it will be 100 years exactly since Alain-Fournier, author of 'Le Grand Meaulnes', was killed fighting on the Meuse in the war of 1914-18. To mark this tragic loss of life, we present the first attempt on film to put the novel that is so beloved of readers, writers and poets on screen. It is the 1967 version directed by Jean-Gabriel Albicocco. This is a delirious, subjective, hallucinatory  cinema experience - not least on the big screen. The fluid camera in playground scenes once seen will never be forgotten. It also a faithful and loving rendering of the book.

Video with English subtitles. No runnable 35mm copy exists.



A few questions and a chance to feed back about the Akerman season - and with a chance to win tickets to future screenings...

We would very much appreciate a few minutes of your time to help us find out how the season is going down, and what we could do to improve communication and the running of the retrospective.

Take survey here


Sunday October 12th, a Chantal Akerman Day

a mid-retrospective event, including talks, papers presnetaions and screenings, with a keynote address from Professor Griselda Pollock

Call for submissions deadline

28th September

details here

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Akerman 13
Histoires d'Amerique (1989)
(aka American Stories, Food, Family and Philosophy)

Thursday 23rd October 2014, 7pm
ICA cinema

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Histoires d’Amerique was shot in New York, conjouring up a specific diasporic context – not dissimilar to that of Woody Allen’s masterpiece Broadway Danny Rose. This may be the new world, but the horror of the old is never far from the surface. Mordant observation and biting cynism rule.

Akerman asked her cast to recreate jokes, fables and anecdotes, culled from real-life testimony, sashaying from the comical to the tragic, interleaving all with slapstick humour as only Jewish New York knows how. As Akerman has said: 'when history becomes impossible to bear, there is only one thing to do: send yourself up and laugh'.

Maurice Brenner, Carl Don, David Buntzman, Judith Malina, Eszter Balint, Dean Jackson, Roy Nathanson

dir. Chantal Akerman, 1989, 92 mins


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A Nos Amours is a collective founded by film-makers Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts dedicated to programming over-looked, under-exposed or especially potent cinema. A Nos Amours is a moveable feast that goes wherever and whenever opportunities arise. A Nos Amours invites film-makers and others to advocate and present films that they admire or would like to see on a big screen. A Nos Amours  believes in the value of watching film as a shared experience.

The Akerman retrospective is supported by the British Film Institute, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and ICA

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Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, sponsored by the National Lottery.



Béla Tarr’s


A Nos Amours and Scalarama are delighted to present Béla Tarr’s touchstone of durational cinema – Sátántangó. Four screenings in four cities...

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Sunday 21st September, 11am
Hyde Park Picturehouse, Leeds
introduced by Patrick Jones

Saturday 27th September, 11am
Tyneside Cinema
introduced by Elisabetta Fabrizzi

Detail and information here