Film Screening O Somma Luce + Cézanne. Dialogue avec Joachim Gasquet

O Somma Luce © BELVA Film

Sat, 13.04.2019

Goethe-Institut London

50 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road
SW7 2PH London

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
 

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