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Alain Resnais’ Haunting Early Masterpiece ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Will Return to Theaters

Alain Resnais' Haunting Early Masterpiece 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' Will Return to Theaters

This Fall, Rialto Pictures will present a newly burnished 4K restoration of Alain Resnais’ gorgeous black-and-white breakout “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” which has long been unavailable for exhibition in the US.

From an original, Oscar-nominated screenplay by the glorious French writer Marguerite Duras, Resnais’ 1959 drama anticipated his many cinematic fascinations to come. Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada play an actress and an architect who, while drifting through Japan, discuss memory and longing across elliptical, time-bending voiceovers as their brief affair begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the devastation of the Hiroshima bomb of 1945 is all around them.

Shut out of Cannes competition in 1959 for its radically anti-nuclear stance, the film picked up the International Critics’ Prize before becoming a worldwide art house sensation — and a film classic. 

Resnais’ farewell film, “Life of Riley,” bowed at the Berlinale this year three weeks before he died on March 1 at the age of 91.

Tangled in rights issues and shut out of Resnais retrospectives through the years, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” will tour the US in October 2014. It was restored by Argos Films, Fondation Groupama Gan, Fondation Technicolor and Cineteca Bologna with support from the CNC. Rialto licensed theatrical and TV rights from Paris-based Pretty Pictures.

Trailer below.

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