Peter Weir guest of the Cinémathèque Festival

Peter Weir guest of the Cinémathèque Festival

The Australian filmmaker from the Circle of Departed Poets and The Truman Show will be present in Paris from March 13 to 17 as part of the Festival de la Cinémathèque Française.

It's been thirteen years since Peter Weir last gave any cinematographic news. His latest feature film, The paths to freedom dates back, in fact, to 2011. A chasm. Since his first feature, The cars that ate Paris in 1974, the man continued to deploy a broad and adventurous work which would pass through Hollywood from 1985 and the thriller witness. With Dead Poets Society (1989) and The Truman Show (1998), Weir will experience full artistic and public recognition.

For its annual Festival dedicated to heritage, soberly renamed The Cinematheque Festival (we knew it until now under the name All the memory in the world), the organizers therefore had the rich idea of ​​inviting Peter Weir, 80 years old this summer, who will present a selection of his feature films including the captivating Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the rare Second state (1993) with a solar Jeff Bridges or the very maritime Master and Commander (2002). Weir will deliver a masterclass on Sunday March 17 at 2:30 p.m.

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Australia's first color film

As part of his Carte Blanche, Weir will offer a selection of three feature films that have been important in his career: The Swimmer by the American Frank Perry (1968), The Sand Woman by the Japanese Hiroshi Teshigahara (1964) and Jedda by the Australian Charles Chauvel (1955), a veritable Proust madeleine for Weir who explains:

Australia's first color film – but that's only part of the reason it had such an impact on a 12-year-old boy… It was the first time I saw the very heart of the Australia and Aboriginal actors. It was such a shock that I couldn't sleep that night. »

In addition to the event around Weir, this 11th edition of the Cinémathèque Festival will present the latest restored copies of There Fire War by Jean-Jacques Annaud (1981), Iron Cross by Sam Peckinpah (1977) or that of Collateral by Michael Mann.


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