Eric Caravaca, 2017, 67 min
After winning the César for Most Promising Actor in 2000 for C’est Quoi La Vie?, and moving behind the camera in 2004 for Le Passager (The Passenger), the French actor Eric Caravaca has completed his second film, Carré 35 (Plot 35). On a film set, Eric Caravaca finds himself on a cemetery pathway, filled with tombstones covered with toys that have darkened over time, known as the "children's patch". As he experiences a deep sadness, one that he almost feels is not his own, he starts to reflect upon his own past and the reasons why he feels so overcome by it
First and foremost, Carré 35 (Plot 35), is the story of a secret, that of the death of Eric Caravaca's sister at the age of three. This sister, who people had barely spoken to him about and of whom no photographs had been kept. The producer decided to make a film that would look at this forgotten life. But he found himself faced with a real challenge: how could he do this with no pictures? How could he film an empty shape? And so Eric Caravaca embarked on an investigation. Clues, important dates, official and administrative documents and even family films on Super 8… So much evidence unearthed to create the visual material and reawaken memories of Carré 35 (Plot 35). Through this extremely personal story, Eric Caravaca produces a reflection that is more absolute, more universal, connected to existence, death, intimacy and history.
What Tears Us Apart (Ce Qui Nous Eloigne)
Hu Wei, 2016, 17 min.
After a long separation, an encounter. Two families. One child. With Isabelle Huppert, Camille Debray and Nai An.
Attendees are welcome to join for a cocktail party sponsored by Intîme Boutique Wine in the Maysles Cinema lounge after the screening.
Tickets : $20
With the support of UniFrance and Intîme Wine.
Uptown Flicks @ Maysles is a new monthly Harlem film series curated by Adeline Monzier and co-organized by Marie Gentine. The monthly series features monthly screenings of top recent French films and documentaries followed by a drink to mingle and share reactions! The presented films all have one thing in common: they are questioning the current state of the world, sometimes with a radical perspective, sometimes with a hopeful look at humanity at its best, and end up opening our eyes about the role images and narratives play in bringing these issues to our awareness.