After the Wave
Young French Cinema in the 1970s
On sale to Members and Members Plus: Wed 20 Mar, 10am
On general sale: Thu 21 Mar, 10am
After the French New Wave and the tumultuous political events of May 1968, a younger and more progressive generation of directors emerged. This season explores the work of these bold new directors.
Naturalistic, often autobiographical, interested in the complexities of youth and love and intimacy, this new generation of filmmakers, including Chantal Akerman, Catherine Breillat and Philippe Garrel did take note of the famous work of the earlier generation.
Yet, there’s an edge to the tone of these newer films: frankness about sex, an interest in the cultural fall-out of the civil unrest and protests of May ’68 and above all, a foregrounding of regional, working-class and female protagonists.
These filmmakers never came together to make a movement as such, and because of this, their work is perhaps a little lesser known than of the Nouvelle Vague that came before it.
This season is a chance to dive in and discover some exciting and influential filmmaking that thus far has been somewhat overlooked.
A young Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert burn up the screen in this story of class- and culture-defying passion.
After the Wave: Touched In The Head (15*)
This hugely charming film follows the fortunes of a young baker’s apprentice as he navigates a bitter work dispute and an awkward ménage-à-trois.
After the Wave: Peppermint Soda (12A)
A refreshing female take on the coming-of-age story, and a sensitive account of a year in the lives of two teenage sisters.
After the Wave: La Salamandre (15)
The wonderful Bulle Ogier (Céline and Julie Go Boating) is the post-hippie, pre-punk modern woman at the centre of this celebration of instinctive revolt.
After the Wave: A Real Young Girl (18*)
This debut feature by Catherine Breillat rips apart conventional images of adolescent girlhood, showing us instead a real young girl.
After the Wave: Je, Tu, Il, Elle (18*)
Chantal Akerman’s stunning debut feature, made when she was just 23, introduces themes – desire, longing, intimacy and alienation – that would last an entire career.
After the Wave: My Little Loves (15)
From one of the brightest stars of 70s French cinema, this tender coming-of-age tale is based on the director’s own childhood.
After the Wave: L'enfant secret (18*)
This muted melodrama, based on the director’s own life and relationship with German singer Nico, gives succinct expression to the shattered aftermath of May ‘68.
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
An infrared system for hard of hearing customers is provided in each auditorium; headsets or neck loops can be collected from foyer staff. The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop.
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