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Who Knows

Jacques Rivette
Va savoir
France, Italy, Germany 2001 / 154’
Secret Defence Jacques Rivette, the Watchman

A financially strapped troupe of actors are rehearsing prior to their performance of a play by Pirandello. In an attempt to overcome the cash shortage, the director leaves in search of a mysterious Goldoni manuscript. Another variation by Rivette on the relationship between art and life, as well as the creative process. Pirandello's play Come tu mi vuoi (As You Want Me) is intertwined with the emotional life of the protagonists and the mystery of an unknown Goldoni manuscript. Wonderful performances by young actors, including Jeanne Balibar in one of her best roles.

Ariel Schweitzer


Valladolid IFF 2001 – Jury Special Prize; Sant Jordi Awards 2003 – Best Foreign Actor; Turia Awards 2003 – Best Foreign Film

Jacques Rivette

(1928 - 2016) Despite being a key member of the Nouvelle Vague, Jacques Rivette has languished in the shadows of his more renowned colleagues: Godard, Rohmer, Chabrol and Truffaut. Rivette's work is certainly demanding, but along with Godard, Rivette turns out to have been the most playful and innovative of a group who literally changed the face of filmmaking. Jacques Rivette was born in Rouen, France. In the fifties, he begin writing for the "Cahiers du Cinéma", which teamed him with Nouvelle Vague. In 1960 he directed his first feature film with Paris nous appartient (60). His filmography includes La ReligieuseL'Amour fouDuelleLa Bande des quatre and La Belle Noiseuse.

Selected filmography

1960 Paryż należy do nas / Paris nous appartient / Paris Belongs to Us

1966 Zakonnica / La Religieuse / The Nun

1968 Miłość szalona / L'Amour fou

1974 Celine i Julie płyną statkiem / Céline et Julie vont en bateau / Celine and Julie Go Boating

1976 Duelle / Twiligt

1988 Banda czterech / La Bande des quatre / Gang of Four

1991 Piękna złośnica / La Belle Noiseuse

1998 Ściśle tajne / Secret défense / Secret Defense

2001 Kto wie / Va savoir / Who Knows

2007 Ne touchez pas la hache / Don't Touch the Axe

Cast & Crew

director Jacques Rivette
screenplay Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette
cinematography William Lubtchansky
editing Nicole Lubtchansky
music Stan Levey, Lou Levy, John Pisano
cast Jeanne Balibar, Marianne Basler, Hélène de Fougerolles, Catherine Rouvel, Sergio Castellitto
producer Maurice Tinchant, Martine Marignac
production Pierre Grise Productions, France 2 Cinéma, V M Productions, Mikado, Kinowelt, Canal+, Cofimage 12, Gimages 4, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Eurimages, Procirep
sales Tamasa
language French, Italian
colouration colour