Starting This Weekend: Films Of French Master Olivier Assayas; In Person at Select Screenings


“Movies should not be about other movies, they should be about your experience of life.” – Olivier Assayas

Nest week, French director Olivier Assayas joins us in-person at the AFS Cinema for a limited retrospective of his films, including the premiere of the new restoration of his 1994 classic, COLD WATER (a Janus Films release). The director will also be present at the screenings of SOMETHING IN THE AIR and PARIS AWAKENS.

Assayas is the voice of a generation. His brilliant body of work addresses our rapidly globalizing and increasingly technological environments, and interrogates the meaning of art and artistic creation in our finite existence. Born in 1955, he was an adolescent during the galvanizing “social revolution” of May 1968, an experience that would forever impact the way he sees the relationship between ideas and the world. His films return to these themes again and again, with ever more poignancy and bite.

The screenings kick off on Sunday, March 4 with his most recent release, 2016's PERSONAL SHOPPER, for which he won the Best Director prize at Cannes.

His highly personal portrait of the events of May '68, SOMETHING IN THE AIR follows on Friday, March 9, with Assayas in person. Later the same day we screen the premiere of the restoration of his 1994 film COLD WATER with Assayas and Richard Linklater introducing.

We follow up Assayas' visit with more screenings from his oeuvre, including IRMA VEP (1996), PARIS AWAKENS (1991), SUMMER HOURS (2008), and CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (2014).

Watch the trailer for this series here: