The School for Postmen + Holiday

  • Dir: Jacques Tati

  • France, 1947/1949, French, 16/86 min, DCP

The School for Postmen (L’École des facteurs)

Cast: Jacques Tati, Paul Demange

In this delightful short, Tati plays the provincial postman François as he takes part in a training programme to speed up his delivery in order to incorporate a mail plane that shortens the route by a ten percent reduction in time. Traveling on his bicycle at high speeds, François gets involved in numerous stunts and gags that would be repeated and incorporated in Tati’s follow-up feature film Holiday. Timing is everything: 16-minute is all it takes for Tati to launch himself as one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Screening with Holiday.

Holiday (Jour de fête)

Cast: Jacques Tati, Paul Frankeur, Guy Decomble

Tati’s first feature film in which he reprises the role of François – the bumbling postman from his earlier short The School for Postmen – now caught up in a race to beat the Americans at rapid mail delivery. The backdrop of a quaint village visited by a traveling fair allows for a wealth of observational gags that led to Godard’s praise of the film as “the birth of French neorealism.” Originally shot in both black and white and color, the experimental color technique failed to process the color version upon the film’s initial release. Screening with The School for Postmen.

Venice Film Festival: Best Screenplay

TASCHEN will offer three newly released “Jacques Tati. The Complete Works” box sets (worth HK$2,000) in three selected Cine Fan screenings of “The Logic of Illusion: Jacques Tati” to lovers of Jacques Tati. The more screenings you watch, the higher the chance!

 

Screening:

Note

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

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the 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).

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