Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius on Godard Film 'Redoubtable'

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius on Godard Film 'Redoubtable'

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French director Michel Hazanavicius returns to Cannes Competition today (May 21) with his Jean-Luc Godard tribute Redoubtable, adapted from autobiographical work Une Année Studieuse by the filmmaker's ex-wife Anne Wiazemsky.

The film is set around the making of Godard's so-called 'revolutionary' film La Chinoise in 1967. Wild Bunch is handling sales.

What drove you to make a film about Jean-Luc Godard?

Anybody making cinema today owes something to Jean-Luc Godard. He unlocked so many doors, created so many spaces and made cinema possible for many people.

Anne Wiazemsky's book is a very personal account of life with Godard...

The intelligence of Anne Wiazemsky's account lies in the way she manages to retain the aspect of an intimate diary. She doesn't recount the story from the point of view of the woman she is now, but rather the woman she was then. There is a real Jean-Luc Godard who exists, but no one really knows him. My aim is not to create a carbon copy of Godard. …

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