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November 28 – December 13, 2014

Hiroshima Mon Amour, A Digital Release

An unexpected, fleeting encounter between a French actress and a Japanese architect gives way to a deeply effecting mediation on love, memory and the dark legacies of World War II in Alain Resnais’ remarkable debut feature. One of the first expressions of the nouvelle vague, Hiroshima Mon Amour remains startling for its bending of time and memory and for the haunting beauty and incantatory rhythm of Marguerite Duras’ extraordinary script. Emmanuelle Riva (of Michael Haneke’s Amour) glows with deep sorrow and incandescent beauty as a young woman gripped by a past that finds a strange new echo in the scarred city of Hiroshima. The film’s avant-garde score, co-authored by Georges Delerue and Giovanni Fusco, and its intermingling of raw documentary imagery with Sachy Vierny lustrous, glidingcinematography helped define Hiroshima Mon Amour as a pioneering and formally daring film like none other seen thus far in the French cinema. – Haden Guest

Hiroshima Mon Amour is presented in a new 4K digital "restoration" by Argos Films, Fondation Groupama Gan, Fondation Technicolor and Cineteca Bologna, with support from the CNC.

Special thanks: Eric Di Bernardo—Rialto Pictures.

Sunday November 16 at 7pm
Friday November 28 at 7pm & 9pm
Saturday November 29 at 9pm
Sunday November 30 at 5pm
Monday December 1 at 7pm
Sunday December 7 at 5pm
Monday December 8 at 7pm
Friday December 12 at 9pm
Saturday December 13 at 7pm

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Directed by Alain Resnais. With Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dallas
France/Japan 1959, DCP, b/w, 93 min. French, Japanese and English with English subtitles


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