Godard to close Cannes Critics’ Week: Les trois catastrophes


The Cannes film festival is just around the corner, opening on the 15th of May, but on the last day of the Critics’ Week, the festival will close with what appears to be an intriguing array of experimental short films directed by legendary French New Wave director, Jean-Luc Godard, along with Peter Greenaway and Edgar Pêra. 3X3D (2013) is a triptych of three short films that professes to ask how 3D affects the audience and its perceptions. Godard’s film is called The Three Disasters, while Greenaway’s segment is Just in Time, and finally, there is Pêra’s Cinesapiens. It will be aired on May 23rd, at the closing of the Critics’ Week. All three films are set in the small Portuguese town of Guimarães. The style is to mimic Godard’s previous work Film socialisme (2010), described as a ‘symphony in three movements’. Evidently the director’s interest in threesomes seems to be growing. Another recurring theme is Godard’s interest in the catastrophe, explored in his short film Une catastrophe (2008), a 63 second poem on the nature of cinema as violence. It originally was made as the opening trailer for the 2008 Vienna International Film Festival (Vienniale) with the tagline: A catastrophe / is the first strophe / of a love poem. Though evidently, as with his masterpiece Le Mepris, Godard’s interests are still within the existential nature of cinema itself.

Also to come out in 2013 in the Godard oeuvre is Adieu au langage [Goodbye to Language 3D]. As the title suggests the film has been shot in 3D, and will be Godard’s 39th film. Despite information being hazy at this point, an apparent synopsis of the film is as follows:

The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby’s cries. In the meantime, we will have seen people talking of the demise of the dollar, of truth in mathematics and of the death of a robin.

Suitably obscure for a Godard film.

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