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AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN

France / Italy, 2009 (MIFF 2010, International Panorama)

Director: Jacques Rivette

“In Rivette-land, there is no life without art and vice versa.” - Screen International

For Kate, a broken-down car and a broken-down life both get a jump start from a chance roadside encounter with mysterious Italian traveller Vittorio. When they meet again at her father's ailing circus, it seems Vittorio may be the spark of inspiration needed to invigorate the listless troupe.

French New Wave master Jacques Rivette balances life and art effortlessly in his latest offering, featuring Jane Birkin as the heavy-hearted Kate and Sergio Castellitto as the irrepressible Vittorio.

'Jacques Rivette moves into the light with a gentle, simple masterwork.' - MUBI

D Jacques Rivette P Martine Marignac, Maurice Tinchant, Roberto Cicutto S Jacques Rivette, Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Shirel Amitay WS Les Films du Losange L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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STORY OF MARIE AND JULIEN, THE

France, 2004
The Story of Marie and Julien (L' Histoire de Marie et Julien) France'In many of Jacques Rivette's sublime films, enigmas come wrapped in mysteries before eventually disclosing their secrets; The Sto… More »

DON'T TOUCH THE AXE

France, Italy, 2007
"A masterpiece... ‘cruel ironies' doesn't even begin to describe it." - Time Out London ... The latest in Jacques Rivette's series of adaptations of Honore de Balzac's work is a dramatisation of La… More »

NUN, THE

France, 1966
“Influenced by the films of Mizoguchi, Bresson, Preminger and Cocteau, The Nun qualifies as cinematic manna.” - Cinémathèque Ontario ... Jacques Rivette's magnum opus was initially banned withi… More »

PARIS BELONGS TO US

France, 1960
The writer, Charles Peguy, once reflected that Paris belongs to those who spend the summer there preparing for the winter season. In the heat of August, and in an empty Paris, Rivette documents the m… More »

LOVE ON THE GROUND

France, 1984
LOVE ON THE GROUND (L'AMOUR PAR TERRE) is probably the most important film Rivette has made since L'AMOUR FOU. the first film in which his opposition to conventional narrative was clearly expressed. … More »

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