We have been watching Alain Cavalier’s films at New Horizons for over a decade, starting with his famous Le filmeur (2005), which took part in the festival competition. Like Jonas Mekas, Cavalier is never without a digital camera. He shoots whatever is nearby and provides images with original commentary. As he ages, he has been increasingly recording the passage of time, contemplating, with unflagging interest, the changes it evokes. The material that we collect throughout our lives has always played a large role in his work. Today, his camera meanders between still lifes arranged from trinkets and decomposing vegetables and the intimate presence of people who practice disappearing. His latest video diary is dedicated to a friend, Emmanuèle Bernheim, the author of the autobiographical book Tout s'est bien passé, in which she talks about her father’s euthanasia. The initial idea of adapting her prose turns into a story about Emmanuèle’s passing. As the director himself says, his film is primitive like little Romanesque churches from centuries ago. There is nothing more to it than what actually happened.
Alain Cavalier is a French director who was born in 1931. He studied at the L'Institut des hautes études cinématographiques, a famous film school in Paris, where Alain Resnais, Claire Denis, and Andrzej Żuławski also studied. As a protégé of Louis Malle, he worked as an assistant on Elevator to the Gallows and The Lovers. He began his professional career at the beginning of the 1960s with the film Fire and Ice. His best-known and most acclaimed works include Thérèse and Le filmeur (The Filmmaker).
1962 Pojedynek na wyspie / Le Combat dans l'île / Fire and Ice
1986 Teresa / Thérese
2005 Filmowiec / Le filmeur / The Filmaker