Regular Lovers:

The Autobiographical Cinema of Philippe Garrel

Thursday, January 18 | 7 pm

Winner of the of the coveted Louis Delluc Prize for Best French Film and the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival, art house breakthrough Regular Lovers introduced the under-the-radar auteur, Philippe Garrel (Jealousy), to a new generation of cinephiles. Set in Paris in 1968 and 1969, the film follows twenty-year-old François—played by the director’s son, Louis Garrel—a poet, draft-dodger, and would-be revolutionary who falls in love with Lilie, a beautiful young sculptor. Drifting aimlessly between parties, protests and philosophical conversations, François and Lilie attempt to keep their romance intact as their ideals and ambitions pull them in different directions. A stylized, contemplative response to Bernardo Bertolucci’s ostentatious youth-culture reverie, The Dreamers, Garrel’s autobiographical long-take epic effortlessly captures the exhilaration, anxiety, and boredom of coming-of-age in a time of radical uncertainty.

Regular Lovers will be preceded by the director’s ultra-rare “Actua 1” (1968) on DCP. “Actua 1” runs for six minutes and is not rated.

Director Philippe Garrel | 2005 | In French with English subtitles | 183 minutes | NR | 35mm

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