This year, May ’68 is 50 years old. It was the year when students and workers all over France protested, marking the beginning of an era dominated by social movements. The Maison Française of the French Embassy in Washington will commemorate this historic anniversary. In April and May, the “Revolution in the Air” film series offers three films and three different perspectives on the events that shaped a generation. All films are in French with English subtitles.
First is “A Grin Without a Cat” (Le fond de l’air est rouge) by Chris Marker, on Tuesday, April 10 (7pm). Produced shortly after the events of May 1968, it explains the ideological forces on the left from 1967 to 1977.
The second film is on Tuesday, May 8 (7pm), with “Godard Mon Amour” (Le Redoutable), by Michel Hazanavicius. The story takes place in Paris in 1967. This film reveals the introspection of French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard during the events of May 1968 and the personal impact these events had on him.
“Something in the Air” (Après mai), by Olivier Assayas, on Tuesday, May 22 (7pm) will close this series. The film highlights the questions raised during the post-May 1968 period. The film shows a group of high school students caught up in the political and creative turmoil of the time. Through romantic encounters and artistic discoveries, they seek to find their place in this new society.