The British Film Institute (BFI) will be celebrating the works of one of the godfathers of the French New Wave, Jean Luc-Godard in a season that will feature over 100 examples of his vast and varied output. The season will run from January to March 2016, and include feature films as well as short films, self-portraits, experimental TV productions and a number of rarities.
One of the highlights of the season will be an extended run of the BFI re-release of Le Mépris. The film will also be released all across the United Kingdom in selected cinemas from January 1, 2016.
On January 16, the BFI will be hosting the star of many of Godard’s early films, as well as being the French filmmaker’s muse and former wife, Anna Karina. She will be introducing a screening of Le Mépris, which was made in 1963, and is said to have been directly inspired by their real life relationship. She will then also be taking part in a Q&A session following Vivre sa vie (1962) and Band of Outsiders (1964), both of which she starred in and will also play on extended run during the season.
Jean-Luc Godard is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. He is often considered the most radical French filmmaker of the sixties and seventies and spearheaded the revolutionary movement of the French New Wave, along with contemporaries such as Francois Truffaut.
Aside from the aforementioned films, Godard directed such celebrated features as Breathless (1960), Crazy Pete (1965), 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967) and First Name: Carmen (1983). His last film Goodbye to Language premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, where it was awarded the Jury Prize.
In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award, but did not attend the ceremony.
His films have influenced the works of many other revered filmmakers, including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders and Bernardo Bertolucci.