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Désordre: Echoes of May ’68 in French cinema / Day 1

Husets Biograf
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The DÉSORDRE FESTIVAL runs from April 12th to 15th in Husets Biograf and then from April 15th to May 6th at the Cinemateket and is done in partnership with the French Institute. Via a selection of rare films, some of them shown for the first time in Denmark in presence of special guests, it inventories various filmic tendencies and measures the pulse of the still potent influence of “the spirit of May”.

*RESERVATIONS can be made via husetsbio.reservation@mail.dk. Please include “FRENCH 1” and the number of reservations desired in the subject line of your e-mail, and you will receive a quick confirmation with further info. If you have other questions contact Jack, our house manager, at jack.stevenson@mail.dk, or via 20297013 as a second option. No SMS.

18.00 = CAFÉ & TICKET COUNTER opens / We have free (unnumbered) seating / Please remember we only accept cash and Mobile Pay / Tickets are 70 kr. for one night and 200 kr. for all four nights

19.00 = PROGRAM 1 = PREHISTORY OF MAY (93min total) / The “Spirit of May” can be traced back as far as the ‘40s with the post-war generation shaking things up and in numerous movies expressing the urge for change. This first program contains various examples of these initial stirrings of unrest and concludes with an exceptional documentary made by Alain Tanner for Swiss television where activists are interviewed and the beginnings of this spirit of rebellion – which would soon lead to huge demonstrations and violent clashes in the streets of Paris – are investigated. Films featured:
- DÉSORDRE / Jacques Baratier (1948, 16mm, b&w, 18 min.)
- LA MORT DU RAT / Pascal Aubier (1973, 16mm, b&w, 7 min.)
- UN MISANTHROPE / Gérard Pirès (1966, 35mm, b&w, 5 min.)
- GIRAGLIA / Thierry Vincens (1968, 35mm, colour, 5 min.30)
- PORTRAIT ÉLECTRO-MACHIN CHOSE / Martial Raysse (1967, video, b&w, 9 min.)
- LE POUVOIR DANS LA RUE / Alain Tanner (Swiss, 1968, 16mm digital, b&w, 48 min.)

21:00 = PROGRAM 2 = BACK ON THE BARRICADES (80 min. approx.) / Many films about the riots in Paris’s Latin Quarter in May ’68 were shot independently with improvised resources by film makers and students and serve as a counterpoint to the more official newsreels which also covered them. They provide striking insights into the events and deliver radical political commentary. Here is but a small selection of those rare agitprop tracts, shown for the first time with English subtitles. Films featured:
- CINÉ-TRACTS / Anonymous-collective (1968, 16mm > digital, b&w, various durations)
- LE JOLI MOIS DE MAI / Jean-Denis Bonan (1968, 16mm > digital, b&w, 33 min.)
- LA SOCIÉTÉ EST UNE FLEUR CARNIVORE / Collective (1968, 16mm > digital, b&w, 26 min.)
- QUE S’EST-IL PASSÉ EN MAI ? / Jean-Paul Savignac (1968, 16mm > digital, b&w, 17 min.)