Celine and Julie Go Boating (Céline et Julie vont en bateau)

  • Dir: Jacques Rivette

  • France, 1974, 193 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier

Widely considered Rivette’s crowning achievement, Celine and Julie may seem like Alice in Wonderland at first, but soon you’ll find that the bonbons lead to an intricate world of labyrinth nowhere to find. Its interlaced stories set in parallel realities; its half-improvised dialogues full of word-games; its restless subversive playfulness. In Rivette’s sweeping tracking shots through forgotten corners of Paris, Celine and Julie playfully switch identities in their daily lives, and as they increasingly indulge their fantasies, they find themselves trying to rescue a young girl from a haunted house. Curiosity and imagination are infinite, as the film ends with the promise of another round of hide-and-seek game.

1974 Locarno International Film Festival, Special Prize of the Jury

26/8/2017 (Sat): Post-screening talk with Long Tin

Package Discount: 30% discount to each purchase of standard tickets of both La Chinoise & Celine and Julie Go Boating

Further Readings:
Celine and Julie Go Boating, From 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider (N.Y: Barron’s, 2003)

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.