Goodbye to Language 3D (ADIEU AU LANGAGE)

  • Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

  • France, Switzerland, 2014, French, 70 min, DCP

  • Cast: Hélonse Godet, Kamel Abdelli, Richard Chevallier, Roxy Miéville

Ever the cinematic pioneer, Godard’s Goodbye to Language is at once an exploration of 3D photography, but also a collage of philosophical, literary and political musings that reference everything from Jean-Paul Sartre to Mary Shelley. Ostensibly a dual narrative about two couples wrestling with infidelity, he has loftier ambitions than mere storytelling. Godard and cinematographer Fabrice Aragno spent four years developing their own cameras and technology, resulting in feats of cinematic innovation every bit as impactful to film language as the jump cuts of Breathless back in 1960. While some have labeled the film incomprehensible and pretentious, such criticisms are meaningless to Godard, who continues to challenge our understanding and perceptions of cinema, and by extension, the world as we know it.

Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize

Please bring along your own 3D glasses or buy a pair at the cinema

11/12 (FRI): Lecture with Dr. Linda Chiu-han Lai, Associate Professor in Intermedia Arts, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Approximately 1 hour, conducted in Cantonese. Audience who attends the course is eligible for a complimentary copy of Godard, Film, History (Chinese version only)

Package Discount : 25% discount to each purchase of 2 or above standard tickets to the film course. 30% discount to each purchase of standard tickets to ALL six film course sessions.



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