Best known for the intimate and highly personal dramas (“Summer Hours,” “Irma Vep”) that have won him a following, Olivier Assayas achieved international success on a new level with his last project, the award-winning five-hour epic “Carlos,” shown as a miniseries in three parts on the Sundance Channel in the U.S. While that film differed in both scope and content then, say, 1994’s teen romantic drama “Cold Water,” Assayas seems to be back to exploring more personal territory with his latest, “Something in the Air.”
“Something of the Air” was a staple on the festival circuit last year (and continues to be, as it was just announced that it will play at Sarasota). It currently holds a B+ from 33 critics on Criticwire. The largely autobiographical story follows an aspiring young filmmaker (newcomer Clement Metayer) as he is pulled into the world of radical art and political activism in 1971 France. Young actress Lola Creton, who won acclaim for her role last year in Mia Hansen-Love’s “Goodbye First Love,” costars.
The atmospheric new trailer definitely captures the mix of youthful hormones and civil unrest that Assayas is going for here, and the film looks like an accessible outing from Assayas in addition to being beautifully shot by “On the Road” cinematographer Eric Gautier (which this film certainly resembles). The film will receive a May 3 theatrical release from IFC Films. Check out the trailer below: