This edition: October 2014 (In French With English Subs.)Tweet
Original tape date: October 22, 2014.
First aired: October 30, 2014.
1/ Albertine Festival
Literary history tells us that bookstores at their best are much more than places to buy books. The classic example is Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare & Company and its role in 1920s Paris. The latest entry in the list is Albertine Bookstore & Reading Room located at the French Cultural Services on Museum Mile in New York City. To launch the site as a destination of intellectual adventure, Greil Marcus – the noted author, journalist, and cultural critic -- curated a five day festival of provocative public conversations. The guests ranged from graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. CANAPE has its own conversation with curator Marcus.
2/ "Goodbye to Language" by Jean-Luc Godard
In 1959 Jean Luc Godard shook up the movie world with his revolutionary and still influential New Wave film Breathless. In 2014 – fifty five years later – at the Cannes Film Festival he was still making waves, this time winning the Jury Prize for a film using 3D Goodbye to Language. One notable critic asserts that it creates nothing less than “an ecstasy of the image.” Like much of Godard, the story is simple but the film is mysterious. CANAPE chats with lead actor Heloise Godet about what it means to be in a Godard film.
3/ "Timbuktu" by Abderrahmane Sissako
Winner of two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, master African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu is an urgent piece of socially conscious art and, in the words of the trade paper VARIETY, confirms the director’s “status as one of the true humanists of recent cinema.” As one critic summarizes its, “Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, the film is a stunningly shot condemnation of intolerance and its annihilation of diversity.” CANAPE talks with the director about the urgency of making moving images in a world of violent repression.
4/ "Citizenfour" by Laura Poitras
Much of what the world knows about surveillance by the USA of its own citizens and many others comes from the leaks by Edward Snowden. The remarkable new documentary Citizenfour directed by the investigative journalist Laura Poitras chronicles on site the key days in which Snowden made his revelations from a hotel room in Hong Kong. The camera is there to capture the sense of intimate debate about the tangle of ethics, law, and national security. The film itself unfolds as an act of intrigue even as it portrays the world of intrigue. As one critic writes, “John Le Carre couldn’t have made up this stuff.” CANAPE talks about the issues with editor and producer Mathilde Bonnefoy.