Olivier Assayas’ Something in the Air is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film set just after the events of May 1968 in France. Opening in France in 1971, the spirit of revolution is still in the air as the main character, Gilles, heads off to art school. As the film follows Gilles’ wanderings, one gains a larger sense of the early 1970s as a lost moment of infinite possibilities, even as the nostalgic air is cut with a recognition of all the complexities and contradictions of the era.
This free hosted screening is shown in conjunction with “The Power of the Powerless: A 1968 Retrospective” symposium to be held Friday, November 2nd, on the University of Arizona campus. The symposium and film screening are sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Humanities, the Dept. of French & Italian Studies, and the Dept. of Russian & Slavic Studies. (Dir. by Olivier Assayas, 2012, France, French/English/Italian with English subtitles, 122 min., Not Rated)
This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by the UA College of Humanities, the Dept. of French & Italian Studies, and the Dept of Russian and Slavic Studies.