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LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD L'ANNÉE DERNIÈRE À MARIENBAD
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

MYSTERY, DRAMA / FRANCE / 2018 (RESTORED VERSION) / 94 MINS / PG

FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Over half a century has passed; yet, Alain Resnais’ (Hiroshima Mon Amour, 1959; You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, AF FFF2013) para-surrealist masterpiece is as powerful today as when originally released at the height of the French New Wave. In a rare cinematic event, the Festival presents Last Year in Marienbad the way it was intended – on the big screen – newly restored from the 35mm print into a digital cinema package supported by the fashion house, Chanel, also responsible for designing Delphine Seyrig’s gowns.

Set within a breathtakingly ornate Baroque mansion seemingly frozen in time, which the camera captures through continuous panning of its sumptuous interiors, Last Year at Marienbad focuses on two central, unnamed characters – one a French woman and an Italian man. They may have been lovers at the hotel the previous year but the woman denies knowing him, while another man – possibly her husband – asserts his dominance by constantly challenging and beating the Italian man at the mathematical game of nim.

Through ambiguous voiceovers, unusual shifts in time and place, and repeated lines of dialogue, we’re immersed in Resnais’ simultaneously dreamlike and nightmarish world, one that “appears to have been absorbed from Buñuel and Antonioni and transmitted onward to Greenaway” (The Guardian). To watch Marienbad is to experience a triumph of French cinema that knows no equal.

DIRECTED BY: ALAIN RESNAIS

STARRING: DELPHINE SEYRIG, GIORGIO ALNERTAZZI, JEAN LANIER, SASHA PITOËFF

NOMINATED: Best Story, Writing, and Screenplay Academy Awards 1963
WINNER: Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival 1961
NOMINATED: Best Film from any Source, BAFTA Awards 1963

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