Philippe Garrel dealt with the subject of May 1968 many times in his work, but never so directly as in Actua I. This short film is simply a six-minute collage of scenes from the Paris barricades that were recorded surreptitiously by some of the protesters. Viewed years later, the footage thrusts the audience right into the heart of the revolutionary fever. Thought for years to have been lost, the film was screened at this year’s festival in Cannes.
Born in 1948, Philippe Garrel is the son of the well-known actor Maurice Garrel and one of the most important continuators of the French New Wave. He was only 16 when he made his debut film, Les enfants désaccordés (Children Out of Tune). His films combine lyrical self-portraits, cinematic tributes to his favorite filmmakers, and critical social commentary. His first big success was The Secret Son, for which he won a Jean Vigo Award in 1979. Garrel’s most important films include Liberty at Night, Wild Innocence, and Regular Lovers, which concerns the events of May 1968.
1979 Sekretne dziecko / L’enfant secret / The Secret Child
1991 Nie słyszę już gitary / J'entends plus la guitare / I Don't Hear the Guitar Anymore
1984 Liberté, la nuit / Liberty at Night
1999 Powiew nocy / Le vent de la nuit / Night Wind
2005 Zwyczajni kochankowie / Les amants réguliers / Regular Lovers