FRANCE

QUALCOSA NELL’ARIA APRÈS MAI

2012 – 35mm – color – 122’

 

Direction: Olivier Assayas

Screenplay: Olivier Assayas

Photography: Eric Gautier

Editing: Luc Barnier

Set design: François-Renaud Labarthe

Costumes: Jurgen Doering

Cast: Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Félix Armand, Carole Combes, India Salvor Menuez, Hugo Conzelmann

Producers: Charles Gillibert, Nathanaël Karmitz

Production: MK2, in co-production with France 3 Cinema, Vortex Sutra, with the participation of France Télévisions, Canal+, Ciné +, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée

 

SYNOPSIS

Paris, early 1970s. Gilles is a high-school student affected by the political turmoil in the aftermath of the ‘French May of 1968’. Like his comrades, he is torn between radical commitment and personal passions: his true ambition, in fact, is to become a painter and a filmmaker, but his comrades, totally absorbed by political activism in its strict sense, do not understand him, and neither does his girlfriend Christine. Among love relationships and artistic revelations, in a journey to London and through Italy, Gilles and his friends will have to make decisive choices to find their true self in a turbulent historical period.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“Politics, music (Assayas’s music tastes were not bad at all, and, thank God, every song in the film “speaks” until the end), the reflection on the debate between “agitprop” cinema and cinema as a form of expression, on the search for a “film grammar” rising above the predominant “bourgeois” forms, counterculture and counter-information, Après Mai represents the view of those who know that films can “revive everything we loved and lost”. Assayas does not deny it, “art is loneliness” says a character of the film, but he fights to promote a type of art that sparks memories and ideas. That includes love and nature, death and sadness” (Valerio Sammarco, Cinematografo.it)

 

AWARDS

2012 Venice Film Festival: Golden Osella for Best Screenplay, Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award

2012 FICE Award Best European Director Olivier Assayas

2012 Ghent International Film Festival: Georges Delerue Award Best Music