"Boy Meets Girl": a restrospective of Leos Carax’s work at the Pacific Cinemathèque - September 13-15, 20-22
Five astonishing films from Leos Carax will be presented soon at the Pacific Cinemathèque : Boy Meets Girl, Mauvais sang, Les amants du Pont-Neuf, Pola X, Holy Motors. Those five films make the entire oeuvre of "arguably the most talented French filmmaker of his generation."The Institut Français, the Embassy of France in Ottawa, and the Consulates General of France in Toronto and Vancouver gave their assistance in making this rare retrospective of Leos Carax’s work.
An audacious filmmaker, the French filmmaker Leos Carax has directed five feature films in an unusual directorial career that now spans three decades. Carax, now 52, directed three features in his twenties — and only two since.
Carax was born Alex Christophe Dupont in Paris in 1960 to a French father and an American mother. “Leos Carax,” his nom-de-cinéma, is an anagram of Alex, his first name, and Oscar, as in Academy Award. (It has been suggested that “Leos Carax” can also be read as “Le Oscar à X,” French for “The Oscar goes to X”’!)
Boy Meets Girl -
Carax’s first feature was widely hailed as one of the most impressive and original debuts in French cinema since Breathless.
Mauvais sang -
Something of an Alphaville for the AIDS era, Caraz’s second film is a dazzling, ultra-stylish hommage to silent cinema and early Godard.
Les amants du Pont-Neuf -
Carax’s third feature, made in the midst of France’s bicentennial celebrations, is a vivid, visionary, pyrotechnic valentine to Paris.
Herman Melville, Catherine Deneuve, music legend Scott Walker — they’re all part of the mad mix in Carax’s intoxicating, incendiary, often sexually-explicit fourth feature.
Holy Motors -
Voted the best film of 2012 in polls conducted by Film Comment and indiewire, Holy Motors marked the ecstatic return of Carax after a 13 year feature film absence.