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The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society. We hold screenings at The Australia Centre for the Moving image every Wednesday night for most of the year. Admission is by membership, which can be obtained on a monthly or yearly basis.

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THE SPECTACLE OF SOCIETY – THE FILMS OF OLIVIER ASSAYAS

October 29

7.00PM – SUMMER HOURS
Olivier Assayas (2008) 103 mins M

A brother and two sisters must relinquish the family’s belongings after the death of their mother. With a title suggestive of those long, hot days that serve as complex explorations of time and existence, this is a stifling meditation on the insubstantiveness of both. With exquisite delicacy, Assayas draws attention to the residue of memories and objects that might have once moved us, providing a passionate elegy for a lost world.

The second of a series commissioned by the Musée d’Orsay, which also features in the film. With Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier and Edith Scob.

35mm print courtesy of L’Institut Français.

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‘L’Heure d’été’ by Sam Ishii-Gonzales.

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8.55PM – AFTER MAY
Olivier Assayas (2012) 122 mins MA

Assayas’ impressionistic examination of the mood of young radicals licking fresh wounds as they stumble into the “post ’68” era is amongst his most personal and rewarding works. This is a brilliantly rendered and performed imagining/remembering of a time when the air was thick with sex, drugs and critical theory, and when revolution was a tangible idea.

Sumptuous camerawork (by Eric Gautier) and clever use of an evocative period soundtrack (Nick Drake, Kevin Ayres, Amazing Blondell, The Incredible String Band, Tangerine Dream) complete Assayas’ intoxicating, yet thoughtful vision.

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‘Après mai’ by Darragh O’Donoghue.

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Melbourne Cinémathèque’s top picks for MIFF 2014

The Melbourne Cinémathèque team is taking a break for a few weeks because our equivalent of Christmas starts on the 1st of August this year. We resume screenings on the 27th of August so until then, you’ll be able to find us at The Melbourne International Film Festival. So, while we’re busy frantically planning our schedules, we thought we’d share our top picks! Check out our list over at our Facebook page.