1979, 35mm b&w, subtitled, 48 mins
Aurélia Steiner (Melbourne)
1979, 16mm colour film, subtitled, 35 mins
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 6.45pm
Ciné Lumiere, London - Box Office
Vancover is screened translated and subtitled in English for the first time.
Guest speakers are to be announced.
Marguerite Duras is a celebrated pillar of modernist French writing – above all perhaps for Moderato Cantabile, her superb novel of 1958, or L'amant(The Lover), her memoir of 1984.
But she also made distinctive, experimental, intensely authored films, notably India Song of 1975. Her screenplay for Alain Resnais's Hiroshima mon amour in 1959 earned her an Oscar nomination - astonishing for such a peerless exercise in rigorous high-brow intention. In her films Durasoften detaches voice from the image, an effect thatopens a space for the creation of prayerful, meditative moods.
And when the images are created with the help of cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, as they are in these two Aurélia Steiner films, the result is extraordinary – work that casts an incantatory spell, in which we experience a state, perhaps, of waking dream.
Duras - whether working with words, images or both together - is a screen poet, peerless at registering poignant, nuanced sadness. She disposes of the burden of the heavy furniture of naturalism, character and plot, aiming instead for purity, rhythm, clarity.
Who is Aurélia Steiner? – perhaps she is one of three generations of Jewish women with sombre tales to tell, or perhaps something less tangible, perhaps even a fissured rock whose voice mysteriously we can hear, or a river whose murmur we suddenly understand.
These two films have been very rarely if at all seen in the UK.
A Nos Amours is delighted to partner with Ciné Lumière for this special screening.
With thanks to the L’Institut français in Paris and London, and to Michèle Kastner & Jean Mascolo at Benoît Jacob.