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(May 26, 2009)
For the first time in the U.S., Zeitgeist Films and Film Desk proudly present two of the most important works by criminally underseen French auteur Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers). Both crafted in a poetic, meditative style, these films perfectly demonstrate the eloquent emotional agility of one of France's most essential post-New Wave directors.
I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar (J'entends plus la guitare, 1991) is Garrel's haunting tribute to his ten-year relationship with the iconic German chanteuse Nico. Johanna ter Steege (The Vanishing) plays the passionate, doomed lover of Benoit Regent (Three Colors: Blue). Caught in a self-destructive heroin haze, they drift together and apart as Regent struggles with his simultaneous desire for and repulsion towards a stable life.
In the tender and heartbreaking Emergency Kisses (Les Baisers de secours, 1989), the entire Garrel clan steps in front of the camera as versions of themselves--Philippe, father Maurice, then-wife Brigitte Sy, and five-year-old Louis (Regular Lovers, The Dreamers) in his first screen role. When a philandering film director refuses to cast his stage actress wife in a role largely based on her, the couple begins to wrestle with their conflicting philosophies on art and life.
TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION
DISC ONE: I CAN NO LONGER HEAR THE GUITAR
- French press book excerpts, including a handwritten letter from Jean-Luc Godard
- Vintage lobby cards
- Original French trailer for Garrel's Regular Lovers
DISC TWO: EMERGENCY KISSES
- Philippe Garrel, Artiste (1999): A rare 50-minute documentary made for the French television series Cinema, de notre temps
- French press book excerpts, including a note from filmmaker Leos Carax
- Vintage lobby cards
Plus, a new essay on both films by The New Yorker's Richard Brody
I CAN NO LONGER HEAR THE GUITAR: 1991 - 98 minutes - France - Color - In French with optional English subtitles - 1.66:1 letterboxed aspect ratio
EMERGENCY KISSES: 1989 - 83 minutes - France - Black & White - In French with optional English subtitles - 1.66:1 letterboxed aspect ratio
"A masterful filmmaker, with a magical, transparent command of the medium." --Andrew O'Hehir, Salon