As a “les amis de la cinémathèque,” agnès b. is pleased to support the exhibition Chris Marker, les 7 vies d’un cinéaste (Chris Marker, 7 Lives of a Filmmaker) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the May 68 events.
An exhibition in the shape of a journey which redraws the exceptional career of a filmmaker and an outstanding man, whom movies, and particularly La Jetée (The Pier), that inspired many artists, directors, and writers.
The Cinémathèque française gathered the urge archives left by Marker at his death. It is from this treasure as rich as heterogeneous that the exhibition was imagined, at the same time chronological and thematic. One will discover in particular the original works which had been offered to Chris Marker by famous artists, his own plastic creations up to now unknown, as well as his two big installations, Zapping Zone (Proposals for an Imaginary Television) and Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men, as well as the program of talks with a computer which he had conceived, Dialector. Conversations with close friends who witnessed his work (Agnès Varda, Costa-Gavras, Marina Vlady, Pierre Lhomme, William Klein…) help to understand this mysterious character. Big movies (Les Statues meurent aussi, La Jetée, Le Fond de l’air est rouge), historic moments (the war and the Resistance, Cuba, Vietnam, May 68, Prague, Chile, Sarajevo) give rhythm to this journey. Abundant and playful, this exhibition – the first one of this scale – gives access to many documents and objects, often unpublished, and goes along, in the Cinémathèque venues, by the complete movies, videos and programs broadcasted (thirteen episodes of L’Héritage de la chouette) directed by Chris Marker.