THE INNER SCAR
LA CICATRICE INTERIEURE
1972, The Film Desk, 60 min, France, Dir: Philippe Garrel

Perhaps the most striking of several collaborations between Philippe Garrel and singer-songwriter Nico (the director’s longtime lover and muse), this experimental travelogue was shot in such disparate locations as Death Valley and Iceland, and is filled with stark, dreamlike imagery. As well as appearing onscreen, Nico supplied the music to the film, much of which would appear on her "Desertshore" album.


I CAN NO LONGER HEAR THE GUITAR
J’ENTENDS, PLUS LA GUITARE
1991, The Film Desk, 98 min, France, Dir: Philippe Garrel

A Silver Lion winner at the 1991 Venice Film Festival, this semi-autobiographical drama is a haunting tribute to Philippe Garrel’s 10-year relationship with iconic German performer Nico. Here the central couple Marianne (Johanna ter Steege) and Gérard (Benoît Régent) drift together and apart through a self-destructive heroin haze. “Holding tight to his characters with long takes and close-ups, capturing them only at the breaking points in their lives, Garrel balances a hypnotic romanticism with the frightening lurch of unsteady emotions.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker.


A BURNING HOT SUMMER
UN ÉTÉ BRÛLANT
2011, IFC Films, 95 min, France, Dir: Philippe Garrel

The once-content marriage between Italian movie star Angele (Monica Bellucci) and painter Frederic (Louis Garrel) begins to spiral into despair when they meet up with another couple for a Roman holiday. With a score by the Velvet Underground’s John Cale. In French with English subtitles. “Philippe Garrel, whose films include REGULAR LOVERS and FRONTIER OF DAWN, creates worlds that spring from a poetic, deeply personal sense of life rather than a screenwriting manual. People find and lose love, make up or don’t. They pass the time, time passes them by. In A BURNING HOT SUMMER, two men fall into friendship, and while little happens, everything is at stake… Languid and emotionally raw.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


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