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Olivier Assayas
France 2006 / 115’
Clean Something in the Air

Focused on the links between music and images, Assayas’s documentary is a remarkable, original recording of a concert from 2005. The director received carte blanche from the Art Rock Festival in Saint-Brieuc to create his own program. He brought together musicians he had collaborated with on a regular basis, including Jeanne Balibar (Late August, Early September, Clean), Metric (Clean), Joana Preiss (Late August, Early September, Clean, Boarding Gate), Marie Modiano (Demonlover) and the members of Sonic Youth, this time appearing as Mirror/Dash and Text of Light. Shot on two stages during a single night using small digital cameras, Noise remains one of the most fascinating visual-musical experimental films ever made. For Assayas, work on the documentary was more than just a pretext to “filming friends who belong to my world, as he said in an interview with O MagazineNoise also has a hidden connection with the director’s feature films. Music has an intense presence in Assayas’s films, determining the mood, like in Disorder, Cold Water and Something in the Air, resonating the emotions of the characters, building tension, dictating the rhythm of the images. 

Małgorzata Sadowska

Olivier Assayas

Born in Paris in 1955, Olivier Assayas is the son of screenwriter Jacques Rémy (whose real name was Raymond Assayas). It was at his father’s side that Olivier took his first steps in the industry while still a teenager. He began making his first short amateur films a little while later. At the same time, he launched his career as a film critic, writing for the famous Cahiers du cinéma. He made his full-length debut with Disorder in 1986. Since then, he has made a number of films that have ensured him a position as one of the most important directors in European cinema. His most acclaimed works include Irma Vep, Something in the Air (an award winner for best screenplay at the Venice Festival) and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Selected filmography

1986 Bezład / Désordre / Disorder

1989 Zimowe dziecko / L’enfant de l’hiver / Winter’s Child

1991 Paryż się budzi / Paris s’éveille / Paris Awakens

1993 Nowe życie / Une nouvelle vie / A New Life

1994 Zimna woda / L’eau froide / Cold Water

1996 Irma Vep

1998 Koniec sierpnia, początek września / Fin août, début septembre / Late August, Early September

2000 Ścieżki uczuć / Les destinées sentimentales / Sentimental Destinies

2002 Demonlover

2004 Czysta / Clean

2007 Przejście / Boarding Gate

2008 Pewnego lata / L’heure d’été / Summer Hours

2010 Carlos (TV series)

2012 Po maju / Après mai / Something in the Air

2014 Sils Maria / Clouds of Sils Maria 

2016 Personal Shopper

2018 Doubles vies / Non-Fiction

Cast & Crew

director Olivier Assayas
screenplay Olivier Assayas
cinematography Michael Almereyda, Olivier Assayas, Eric Gautier, Léo Hinstin, Laurent Perrin, Olivier Torres
editing Luc Barnier, Marion Monnier
music varoius
cast Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, Lee Ranaldo, Jim O’Rourke, Emily Haines, Metric, Jeanne Balibar, Afel Bocoum
producer Kevin Douvillez, Gérard Lacroix, Sylvain Plantard, Gérard Pont
production Arsenal Associés, Association Wild Rose, France 4, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Retro Active Films
sales MK2
language English, French
colouration colour