The Image Book
Jean-Luc Godard’s Special Palme d’Or-winner is a poetic rumination like a bad dream on a stormy night.
This boundary-pushing, layered work of montage reconstructs many of legendary French auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s ideas with an unanticipated urgency. Presented in five parts, the film offers a glimpse into Godard’s mind through fragmented impressions on cinema and geopolitics—exploring war and revolution, industry and law, the Western and Arab worlds. Godard questions the disparity between the oppression that occurs in the real world and the sterile version of it portrayed in film, through an ingenious combination of fiction film clips and wartime imagery, along with his own politically charged voice over.
A dreary visual landscape, a deliberate portrayal of chaos, and a powerful invitation to meditate on the recurrence of atrocities: The Image Book leaves you with the weight of the world left unspoken.
Cast & Credits
Jean-Luc Godard is widely considered to have redefined cinema in the 20th century. A key filmmaker of the French New Wave in the 1960s, his works include Breathless (1960), Contempt (1963) and Scénario du film ‘Passion’ (1982). His latest work, The Image Book, was awarded Cannes’ first-ever Special Palme d’Or.
Fabrice Aragno, Mitra Farahani
*In Competition, Palme d’Or. Cannes 2018
*Special Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018