First Things First

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One of the special things about coming to Rotterdam is the care they give to screening films from the history of cinema. This year is no different with their First Things First program; a collection of first films from some of world cinema’s most heralded filmmakers. Yesterday I got to take in a gem of that program, Philippe Garrel’s Les Enfants désaccordés a 35mm film he directed at the ripe old age of 16. Shot in 1964, it’s a beautifully framed work giving more then just hints at the mastery this Frenchman would develop in cinema. A beautiful restoration of the film done by the Cinematheque Francais screened in Rotterdam sadly without subtitles. However the festival provided  handouts with the English translations. The screening room was a flood with cell phones illuminating the text. Another great example of why I love coming to this festival. For those interested in Garrel, we’ll be screening another Garrel classic in our 69 series this spring.

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