1968 · Alain Resnais · Francia · 91 min

Section: FANT masters 2022, TIME TRAVEL CYCLE

9th May @ 17:40 Golem Alhóndiga (Sala 2)


Claude Ridder is recovering from a failed suicide attempt after the collapse of his relationship with Catrine. He is approached by an obscure scientific lab, who wants him to participate in the human trials of a new time travel device. The test will send him back one year’s time, for one minute. But the machine goes haywire, and Ridder gets caught in a never-ending series of temporal leaps, re-living his tragic life out of sequence. His past is a nightmare he is trying to escape, and the only exit might be his own death.

Alain Resnais

French director, editor, and screenwriter. Passionate about cinema since he was a child, at the age of fourteen he shot his first short with an 8mm camera. Resnais studied at the newly created Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques in Paris and was part of the first promotion.

After the Second World War, Resnais began to work as an editor for other film directors such as Nicole Védrés, François Reichenbach, François Truffaut and Agnes Varda. At the same time, he directed several short films on social and artistic themes such as Van Gogh (1948), Gauguin (1950), Guernica (1951), Night and Fog (1956), All the Memory of the World (1956), and Le chant du Styrène (1958).

In 1959 he shot his first feature film, Hiroshima, Mon Amour. The film, with a script by Marguerite Duras, was considered by critics as one of the main titles of the so-called Nouvelle vague.

This first feature film was followed by Last Year at Marienbad (1961), Muriel (1963), The War Is Over (1966),I Love You, I Love You (1968), Stavisky (1974), Providence (1977), My American Uncle (1980), L’amour à mort (1984), Mélo (1986), I Want to Go Home (1989), Smoking/ No smoking (1993), Same Old Song (1997), Not on the Lips (2003 ), Private Fears in Public Places (2006), and Life of Riley (2014).

Alain Resnais is considered one of the great figures of international cinema. He passed away on March 2, 2014 at the age of 91.

  • Director / Alain Resnais
  • Screenplay / Jacques Sternberg, Alain Resnais
  • Production / Mag Bodard
  • Music / Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Edition / Albert Jurgenson, Colette Leloup
  • Cast / Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac, lain MacMoy, Vania Vilers, Ray Verhaeghe, Van Doude, Yves Kerboul, Dominique Rozan