Hiroshima Mon Amour

The most important contribution to realizable film aesthetics since Citizen Kane.

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Hiroshima Mon Amour

HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR is the late Alain Resnais' seminal debut film. A pillar of the French New Wave, long unavailable for exhibition in the United States due to rights issues (it has even been left out of touring Resnais retrospectives in recent years), Hiroshima will be released nationally by Rialto Pictures in a spectacular new restoration.

Employing a radical use of voice-over narration and quickly-flashbacked scenes,
Hiroshima Mon Amour tells the story of a brief relationship in post-war Japan between a French actress, played by Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), and a Japanese architect, played by Eiji Okada (Woman in the Dunes).

The Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Marguerite Duras, who in novels like
The Lover, often dealt with European/Asian relationships. Twenty fourteen marks Duras' centennial.

A worldwide art house sensation when first released, and widely considered one of the most beautiful and influential movies ever made,
Hiroshima Mon Amour was awarded the International Critics' prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Due to its harrowing anti-nuclear stance, it was kept out of the main competition to avoid offending the U.S. Hiroshima returned to Cannes last year in this new restoration. Director Alain Resnais died this past March 1st at age 91.

Hiroshima Mon Amour has been restored by Argos Films, Fondation Groupama Gan, Fondation Technicolor, and Cineteca Bologna, with support from CNC.

"A TOUR DE FORCE!" - The New York Times

"RESNAIS' TESTAMENT! THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO FILM AESTHETICS SINCE CITIZEN KANE! Duras' script soars to new levels of narratage! Riva's portrayal provides that rare illusion of continuous existence beyond the ellipses of the cinema!" - Andrew Sarris

"ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FILMS IN THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE MEDIUM! It's difficult to quantify the breadth of Hiroshima's impact." - Kent Jones

"VISUALLY PERFECT LIKE FEW OTHERS! THERE'S BARELY A FRAME YOU COULDN'T EXTRACT, EXPAND AND HANG ON THE WALL!" - Tom Huddleston, Time Out (London)

"THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FILM I'VE EVER SEEN!" - Claude Chabrol

"IT BREAKS DOWN A WALL OPENING NEW HORIZONS TO THE CINEMA!" - Henri-Georges Clouzot
Genre
Drama, Romance
Runtime
92
Language
French, Japanese, English
Director
Alain Resnais
Writer(s)
Marguerite Duras
Cast
Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada
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