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Jean Claude Rousseau. Light through things

Tabakalera | Cinema 1

24/02/2021 - 19:00


3,5 €

Jean Claude Rousseau. Light through things

Jeune femme à sa fenêtre lisant une lettre Jean-Claude Rousseau (France, 1983-84, 48 min.)

Venise n'existe pas Jean-Claude Rousseau (France, 1984, 11 min.)

Keep in Touch Jean-Claude Rousseau (France, 1987, 25 min.)


In the 1970s Jean-Claude Rousseau (Paris, France, 1950) lives in New York, where he discovers Ozu's films at the same time as avant-garde cinema. Back in France, he finished writing a screenplay: Le concert champêtre (published by Paris Experimental in 2000). The importance of this unusual text has been underlined by colleagues such as Jean-Marie Straub and Marcel Hanoun.

In 1983 Rousseau made his first Super 8 film, Jeune femme à sa fenêtre lisant une lettre, followed by Venise n'existe pas (1984). Keep in Touch was shot in New York in 1987. Both these early shorts and his two feature films in Super 8, Les antiquités de Rome (1989) and what is often considered his masterpiece, La vallée close (1995), were released confidentially until they could be transferred to 16 mm at the end of the 1990s. La vallée close, in particular, was transferred thanks to the support of Straub and Danièle Huillet, who asked for it to be screened at the Cinémathèque française to accompany their film Othon (1970). 


* Projection introduced by Jean-Claude Rousseau and Carlos Saldaña and Francisco Algarín-Navarro (coordinators of the cycle)