BAMcinématek has announced it will hold the world theatrical premiere run of Jacques Rivette’s 1971 masterwork “OUT 1: Noli me Tangere,” screening in a new DCP restoration courtesy of Carlotta Films US. The restoration and reappearance of Rivette’s legendary 1971 magnum opus brings this long-impossible-to-see, 13-hour masterpiece back to the big screen.
BAM’s official synopsis for the film reads: “Over eight episodes shot on 16mm, a cast of French New Wave icons improvise a spellbinding tale based on Honoré de Balzac’s “History of the Thirteen,” involving two theater troupes rehearsing Aeschylus, a female con artist (Juliet Berto) who seduces her victims, and a deaf-mute busker (Jean-Pierre Léaud) on a quest to uncover a mysterious secret society. As the characters’ paths crisscross and the film’s puzzle-box structure—including one 45-minute take—grows ever more elaborate, a portrait of post-May 1968 Paris and its dashed dreams emerges.”
“OUT 1’s” eight episodes will be screened in pairs, five times each during the 16-day run, and the film can be seen in its entirety over the course of four weekdays or two weekend days. Full schedule, press screenings and additional tour venues will be announced in the coming days. BAM will host the film from Wednesday, November 4 through Thursday, November 19.