Hitchcock Truffaut. A film by Kent Jones Written by Kent Jones and Serge Toubiana. Length: 1h 20m. OFFICIAL SCREENING May 19 15h30 Salle Buñuel - PDF

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Hitchcock Truffaut A film by Kent Jones Written by Kent Jones and Serge Toubiana Length: 1h 20m 2015 OFFICIAL SCREENING May 19 15h30 Salle Buñuel Kent Jones and Serge Toubiana will be in Cannes May INTERNATIONAL PRESS DDA / Tiffany Kizito & Joanna Sturrock Hotel Majestic, Salon Royan 1 (1st fl) 10 La Croisette Paris Cannes P: FRENCH PRESS BOSSA NOVA / Michel Burstein 32 bd Saint Germain M: +33 (0) / +33 (0) M: EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTION WORLD SALES Artline Films Liz Mackiewicz 101 rue Saint-Dominique SVP International Distribution Paris Cohen Media Group P: +33 (0) Pacific Design Center 750 N. San Vicente #1600 West Hollywood, CA P: M: Hitchcock Truffaut Summary: In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-enscène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock - Truffaut this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock s incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today s leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader The Story The Bible of Cinema. Released 50 years ago simultaneously in France and the United States, Truffaut s celebrated book based on his Hitchcock interview has accomplished the feat of being not only a good read that is accessible to all, but also the reference for innumerable filmmakers the world over, as relevant today as it was in the past. The conversations between these two men profoundly altered the critical approach to Hitchcock s cinema around the world. Furthermore, the very conception of cinema in general was shattered. From then on, the filmmaker was seen as the true creator of his or her film through mastery of the mise-en-scène. Thus this book significantly transformed the power balance between artists and the film industry. Truffaut considered the book a livrefilm, referring to it as the Hitchbook, finding that it unmasked an artist s secrets, revealing his conception of cinema and the world. This explains the stir that the book created when it was first released, its translation into many languages throughout the world, and the fact that many cinephiles have used it as a reference in the past and still do so today. It is a story of the meeting between a young critic-cum-filmmaker (in 1962 Truffaut, then 30 years old, had completed three films) and a master of world cinema at the height of his fame (Hitchcock was putting the final editing touches on The Birds, his 48 th feature-length film). It is also the story of a meeting between a French cinephile and a British filmmaker working in Hollywood at the epicenter of the studio system. Their dialogue is also a fruitful confrontation between two differing, and almost opposite ideas of cinema, as both an art and an industry. When he solicited Hitchcock for a long interview about each of the films that punctuated his career, Truffaut had a very clear idea in mind. He wanted to show American critics that they were wrong to underestimate Hitchcock s films, seeing them only from an entertainment perspective. The Kent Jones film, Hitchcock Truffaut, gives a very contemporary reinterpretation of Hitchcock s cinema. By highlighting the main topics with a large number of clips (legendary and lesser known) from Hitchcock s films, 10 contemporary cinema greats reiterate the esthetic, technical, and narrative questions at the heart of these conversations with Truffaut. And thanks to the original sound recordings of these discussions, it is as if the book suddenly comes to life: Hitchcock and Truffaut, with their intonations, hesitations, and laughter, answer Martin Scorsese, Arnaud Desplechin, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader, resurrecting this fabled one-week encounter and 20-year friendship. 3 With this film, my intention is not to please cinephiles. I want the viewer to have the visceral revelation of what cinema is in all its most powerful beauty. Kent Jones Background Beginning While a critic at Cahiers du cinéma, Truffaut met Hitchcock for the first time during the winter of Eight years later in April 1962, he wrote a long letter to Hitchcock that included the following: Since I have become a director myself, my admiration for you has in no way weakened; on the contrary, it has grown stronger and changed in nature. There are many directors with a love of cinema, but what you possess is a love of celluloid itself and it is that which I would like to talk to you about. I would like you to grant me a tape-recorded interview which would take about eight days and would add up to about thirty hours of recording. The point of this would be to distil not a series of articles but an entire book which would be published simultaneously in New York and Paris, then, probably later, more or less everywhere in the world. Truffaut had his letter translated by Helen Scott, an interpreter and essential accomplice, without whom he confessed he would have never embarked on such a venture. Hitchcock responded with a telegram from California in French which translates: Dear Mister Truffaut, your letter brought tears to my eyes, and I am very grateful to receive such a tribute from you. The interview began on 13 August 1962, on Hitchcock s birthday (his 63rd). Every morning, he would pick us up at the Beverly Hills Hotel to take us to his office at Universal Studios, Truffaut wrote in the book s preface. With each of us wearing a microphone and a sound engineer in the next room recording our voices, we kept up a running conversation from 9 to 6 everyday, achieving something of a track record as we talked our way through lunches. 4 The book had a considerable impact when it was released four years later, changing the opinion of the American press about Hitchcock, as well as Truffaut s image in the United States. But this experience also greatly reinforced the esteem and friendship between the two men. Every time Hitchcock visited Paris, Truffaut organized a dinner in his honor, inviting his friends (Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli ). Hitchcock sent him scripts that he planned to make into films, asking for his advice. The two men maintained a regular correspondence. In the United States, Truffaut was invited to pay tribute to the master at official ceremonies in Hitchcock s honor, signaling a belated but real recognition of his artistic genius. In 1979 at the American Film Institute, Truffaut rendered an homage that was broadcast to millions of Americans viewers: In America, you respect him because he shoots scenes of love as if they were scenes of murder; we respect him because he shoots scenes of murder like scenes of love. New Wave - New Hollywood. By seeking out Hitchcock, Truffaut pursued and concluded the logical sequence that began with a critical gesture initiated with his friends Rohmer, Godard, Chabrol and Rivette in the middle of the 1950 s at Cahiers du cinéma. The goal: have Hitchcock recognized as a true master of film. Released ten years later, the Hitchbook would play a pivotal role in the cinephilic formation of the New Hollywood influencing filmmakers such as Francis F. Coppola, Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, William Friedkin and George Lucas. From New Wave to New Hollywood, the Hitchbook served as a bridge between two historic moments in world cinema Creators and Producers Kent Jones, writer director Kent Jones is an internationally recognized writer and filmmaker. He is the author of several books of criticism, has been a regular contributor to Film Comment magazine for many years, and was selected as a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. He has worked with Martin Scorsese throughout the years on numerous documentaries he was the co-writer of Scorsese s survey of Italian cinema, My Voyage to Italy, the writer and director of the 2007 film Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows which Scorsese produced and narrated, and the cowriter and director with Scorsese of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning 2010 film, A Letter to Elia. They are currently at work on a follow-up to My Voyage to Italy. Jones co-wrote Arnaud Desplechin s Jimmy P., starring Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Amalric, which screened in competition at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Jones currently serves as Artistic Director of The World Cinema Foundation. In November of 2012, he was appointed Director the New York Film Festival. Serge Toubiana, co-writer Former director and editor in chief of Cahiers du cinéma, Serge Toubiana has directed the Cinémathèque française since An author of books on cinema, including a biography of François Truffaut, co-written with Antoine de Baecque (Gallimard, 1996), a book on Maurice Pialat (Maurice Pialat, Painter & Filmmaker, Somogy-La Cinémathèque française, 2013), he co-directed a feature-length documentary with Michel Pascal, François Truffaut, Stolen Portraits (1993), a portrait of the actress Isabelle Huppert (Une vie pour jouer, (A Life for Playing) MK2 TV/Arte, 2001), and was the co-writer of a movie about Gérard Depardieu (Bursting with Life, Arte, 2000). In 2013, he was the curator of an exhibition dedicated to François Truffaut at the Cinémathèque française. Artline Films Producer and Director Olivier Mille created the production company Artline Films in He has produced approximately 250 films (documentaries, TV dramas, feature-length films) for major French television channels or for cinema, in collaboration with a number of international partners. Artline Films focuses on ambitious productions with strong international potential, such as Farewell Comrades! (6 x 52 for Arte and 15 European countries), The Black Sun of Hiroshima (90 France 3, NHK, TSR), The Killer s Opera (90 France 3, RAI, Luce, RTBF), Cosa Nostra (90 France 2, BBC, Rai, YLE, SBS, Doclab), Global Food et Global Drinks (12 x 52 France 5, Planète, TV5 Monde, Stefilm, 6 YLE, RTBF, CBC), Snow Business (52, France 5, ORF, RAI, RTS, SVT, TV5 Monde, YLE, Navigator). Cohen Media Group In his role as President and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, Charles S. Cohen is one of the US s most important commercial real estate owners/developers, as well as an influential patron, innovator and visionary of culture and the arts. Formed in 2008 by Cohen, an executive producer of multiple Academy Award nominee Frozen River, Cohen Media Group, LLC (CMG) produces and distributes select films throughout North America. Recent and upcoming releases include the Kent Jones documentary HITCHCOCK - TRUFFAUT (Official Selection, 2015 Cannes Film Festival), 2015 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film nominee, Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako and Israel Horovitz s My Old Lady, with Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline. Past CMG releases include Rachid Bouchareb s Outside the Law (2011 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film nominee), Benoît Jacquot s Farewell, My Queen, Ziad Doueiri s The Attack, based on the international best-selling book by Yasmina Khadra, and The Last of the Unjust from Claude Lanzmann, the director of Shoah. CMG s Cohen Film Collection (formerly the Rohauer Collection) includes some 700 cinema landmarks, including films by D.W. Griffith, Buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks, as well as foreign classics like Luis Buñuel s Tristana. 7 Data Sheet Title Hitchcock - Truffaut Length 1h20 Year of production 2015 Director Writers Editor Narrated by Original score Kent Jones Kent Jones and Serge Toubiana Rachel Reichman Mathieu Amalric for the French version Bob Balaban for the English version Jeremiah Bornfield With the participation of: Martin Scorsese David Fincher Arnaud Desplechin Wes Anderson James Gray Richard Linklater Olivier Assayas Kiyoshi Kurosawa Peter Bogdanovich Paul Schrader Produced by Olivier Mille and Charles S. Cohen Associate producers: John Kochman and Daniel Battsek Co-producer: Rachel Reichman Executive production and post-production: Delphine Pineau, Cécile Croizat, Victoire Buff, Benjamin Landsberger, Elizabeth Hannah, Abi Sakamoto. A production by Co-production Artline Films (Paris) Cohen Media Group (New York) ARTE France Unité Société et Culture Martine Saada - Karen Michael With the participation of - La Cinémathèque française - Ciné+ With the support of the Centre National de la Cinématographie And of PROCIREP Société des Producteurs - ANGOA 8
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