(Paris) “The Ultimate Gesture of Cinema” by Jean-Luc Godard, a biopic about French navigator Florence Arthaud: the Cannes Film Festival unveiled on Friday, eleven days before its opening, the list of films that will be presented in its Cannes Classics and Cinéma de la Plage sections.
Eight months after the death of the legendary figure of cinema, the Festival will present a world premiere of a 20-minute short film, Funny Wars, considered the ultimate work of Jean-Luc Godard.
“Jean-Luc Godard often transformed his synopses into aesthetic programs. Phoney Wars proceeds from this tradition, and will remain as the master’s ultimate gesture of cinema, underlines the Festival in a press release.
Godard’s project was accompanied by the following text, he continues: “No longer trusting the billions of dictates of the alphabet to restore freedom to the incessant metamorphoses and metaphors of a real language by returning to past filming locations, while keeping a tale (sic) of current times”.
The Cannes Classics section will also present a documentary in the form of a reflection on the state of cinema, Chambre 999, by Lubna Playoust. Filmed last year during the 75th edition of the Festival, it interviews some thirty big names in the 7th art present in Cannes, from the American director James Gray to the French Olivier Assayas via the Iranian Asghar Farhadi. The film mirrors another documentary, shot by Wim Wenders forty years earlier, Room 666.
On the beach cinema side, Cannes has chosen to program Flo, a biopic on Florence Arthaud, navigator nicknamed “the little bride of the Atlantic” and who died in 2015, in world premiere.
The film had been the subject of a referral from the sailor’s daughter, the first woman to win the Route du Rhum in 1990, who was worried about the image that the work was going to give of her mother and who asked for a copy. of the scenario. The court rejected his summary in mid-April.