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Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 - Mon, Jul 14, 2014
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Presented by the American Cinematheque and the French Film and TV office, Consulate General of France, Los Angeles.

French-born filmmaker Michel Gondry started out making shorts in the 1980s at the same time that he was playing drums for alternative pop group Oui Oui, so he was a natural choice to shoot the band’s videos. Björk was so charmed by one of them that she asked Gondry to helm her “Human Behavior” video. He soon was one of the hottest directors in music and advertising, creating memorable clips for such top artists as The White Stripes, Beck and The Chemical Brothers, and top brands including Levi’s and Nike.

Perhaps it was this work-for-hire that has made Gondry one of the most versatile directors of the new millennium. His unusual skill at juggling past and future, reality and fantasy, meaning and imagery was clear from the beginning of his feature career: HUMAN NATURE and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, both collaborations with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, are mind games that are as fun to play as they are ingenious (Gondry and Kaufman shared a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for the latter film). With another gifted writer (French novelist Boris Vian) supplying the source material, Gondry’s latest film, MOOD INDIGO, reaches even greater heights of visual imagination.

Even in non-fiction mode, this is a director who will keep you guessing. From a personal meditation about his aunt (THE THORN IN THE HEART) to a hip-hop concert film (DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY) to a conversation with one of America’s leading intellectuals (IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY?), Gondry’s interests are unusually broad, and his desire to play with the documentary form is exceptionally strong.

Series programmed by Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

A Q&A with director Michel Gondry, recorded for a special Members-only screening of MOOD INDIGO at the Egyptian, will accompany the film on July 14th.
Both TheatresSat, Jul 12, 2014 - Mon, Jul 14, 2014
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Free Members-Only Advance Screening! Recorded Discussion w/ Michel Gondry!
Mon, Jul 14, 2014 - 8:00pm
Egyptian Theatre

Films in this Series at the Aero

Sat, Jul 12, 2014 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre