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New Restoration of Resnais’ ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Will Debut at New York Film Fest

New Restoration of Resnais' 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' Will Debut at New York Film Fest

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that Rialto Pictures’ upcoming 4K restoration of Alain Resnais’ seminal film debut, “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” will have its US premiere during the 2014 New York Film Festival. A theatrical run at the Film Society follows on October 17.

From an original, Oscar-nominated screenplay by the glorious French writer Marguerite Duras, the 1959 drama anticipated Resnais’ 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. 

Tangled in rights issues and shut out of Resnais retrospectives through the years, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” will tour the US throughout October. 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.

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.

NYFF runs September 26 to October 12, 2014. More info here.

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