An alternative way to get your cinema/culture fix, in collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Shanghai, West Bund Museum is screening classic New Wave films in its auditorium over the next two weeks.
The three-film mini festival kicked off last weekend with Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical romantic drama The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, continuing this weekend and next with Agnès Varda’s 1962 classic Cleo from 5 to 7 (Fri 23, Sat 24 and Sun 25 April, 7-9pm) and Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 romantic drama Contempt (Sun 2 and Tue 4 May, 1-3pm and 3.20-5.20pm) still to come.
One important thing to note: the films are in French with Chinese subtitles only. And for Mandarin speakers who want to dig deeper behind the scenes, there will also be guest talks analysing the films (find out more about those here
To book your seat for one of the screenings, click here
New to New Wave?
Image: courtesy Parc Film (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
A hugely influential French art film movement, New Wave emerged in the late 1950s, born out of a craving for an alternative type of cinema that the mainstream failed to deliver. Rejecting what they saw as conventional and overdone filmmaking formulas, pioneers of the movement – including names like Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda, André Bazin, Jacques Demy and François Truffaut – actively reflected on social and political issues of the era and experimented with different editing, visual and narrative styles, changing cinema as we know it.