The event is part of a weekend dedicated to Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s engagement with the work of the German philosopher and poet Friedrich Hölderlin. When you purchase a ticket for this event you will receive a promotional code to enjoy a discount of 50% on any Hölderlin event at the Goethe-Institut on 12.4. and 13.4. Further events are the screenings of Der Tod des Empedokles + Schwarze Sünde, a lecture by theatre expert Patrick Primavesi and the screenings of Der Bräutigam... + Die Antigone... on 13 April.
Sitting under the Tuscan sun on a piece of disused industrial farm equipment facing the valley of Buti, Giorgio Passerone twice reads the last lines from Canto XXXIII of Dante Alighieri's Paradise, Divine Comedy
, as the camera pans back and forth through the landscape, with variations of intonation and light: O Somma Luce
(Oh Supreme Light
Drawing from Joachim Gasquet’s 1921 memoir of Paul Cézanne, the film pays a tribute to the French master Huillet and Straub greatly admired. Excerpts from the memoir are blended with photographs of Cézanne, clips from Jean Renoir’s Madame Bovary
, and scenes of Mont Sainte-Victoire, about which the artist noted, 'Look at this mountain: it was once fire.’
Cézanne. Conversation with Joachim Gasquet will be shown on a new 35mm print.
O Somma Luce
, Oh Supreme Light, Dir: Jean-Marie Straub, France, 2010, HD, colour, 18 min.
Cézanne. Dialogue avec Joachim Gasquet
, Cézanne. Conversation with Joachim Gasquet, Dirs: Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, France, 1990, 35mm, colour, 51 min.,French version.
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Presented as part of The Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet