Something in the Air (Après mai) film screening at Little Reliance Cinema
Something in the Air (Après mai) at Little Reliance Cinema
Three years after the 1968 revolution and at a time of great political unrest in Paris, a politicised generation of students are making big life choices, all the while influenced and distracted by the things that young people like to do.
Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas, 2012) is a slowly unfolding, gorgeous film about coming-of-age and the awakening of political conscience.
Events are shown from the perspective of Gilles (Clément Métayer), a 17-year-old student who with his friends Alain (Felix Armand) and Jean-Pierre (Hugo Conzelmann) distributes leaflets, writes for left-wing magazines and makes screen printed posters for the revolutionary cause. Torn between student activism and an interest in pursuing careers as artists or film makers, the protagonists also want to change outmoded social conventions and the film focuses on their interest in art, politics and sex, enhanced with a thoughtful selection of music that gives it an authentic mood. What is conjoured by the narrative, as it weaves around the film’s sharp, confrontational moments and the sometimes incoherent paths of young lives, is a mixture of fragmentation, lost idealism and regret.
Olivier Assayas is well known for his personal dramas and this semi-autobiographical film is loosely based on the defining years of his own adolescence. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Bradford Film Festival in 2012.
This screening of Something in the Air is being supported by the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. @Centrcultureart
It is presented as a companion event to the Leeds Print Festival, taking place at Munro House 1st April – 9th April 2016. @LPFHQ
For details of the festival’s programme go to leedsprintfestival.com
Olivier Assayas // 2012 // France // 122 mins
Little Reliance Cinema