- Michel Simon (06.03 > 30.05)
Born the same year as cinema, Michel Simon was, for half a century, one of its most iconic faces. The talent and powerful personality of the Swiss legend marked a golden age of French and French-language cinema, particularly under the direction of René Clair, Jean Renoir, Jean Vigo and Julien Duvivier.
- Akira Kurosawa (part 3) (07.03 > 26.05)
Lyrical, violent, humanist, but always a filmmaker of the highest calling, Akira Kurosawa never made a minor film. The interest awakened by our previous programmes dedicated to the Japanese director has motivated us to continue with our exploration – from the beginning of our 16|17 season – of one of the most important bodies of work of the twentieth century. From the powerful drama of Red Beard to the colourful flamboyance of Dodes’ka-den, taking in the dream fables and emotional gravity of his other films from different eras and styles.
- Andrzej Wajda (07.03 > 17.05)
A tribute to one of the true cinema greats to mark the occasion of the Flagey release of Andrzej Wajda’s final, posthumous film, Powidoki. His work was a passionate, angry exploration of the fate of the individual in times of revolution. Some major works, some less celebrated, gleaned from an extensive filmography that can be revisited again and again.
- Oxfam Day (21.04)
As part of Oxfam Day at Flagey, two solidarity-themed features from our programmes: Kurosawa’s Dodes’ka-den, a stylised and worthy tale of daily life in a Japanese shantytown, and Food Coop, a documentary about a cooperative food supermarket in New York. What can be learnt from a film after a viewing, and how to analyse the style of the great cinema auteurs to understand the pleasure it gives us: that’s what Olivier Lecomte (FR) and Wouter Hessels (NL) will be teaching us in their fascinating courses “Un film à la loupe” (films under the spotlight).
- Pascal Thomas (24.04 > 31.05)
Pascal Thomas’ comedies elicit smiles as they coyly play with autobiographical elements. Visibly inspired by the little things in life that he has witnessed or experienced, the director’s signature is a naturalistic sensibility as he explores the lives of people who look on the bright side of life. Provincial France is the setting for his idiosyncratic vision. After a break of eight years, which he dedicated to travel and readings, his more recent films include charming adaptations of Agatha Christie. His is the work of a maverick, catering to public taste yet personal and offbeat. Come and learn about his approach to his art in his master class.