Adapted from Yorkshire playwright Alan Ayckbourn's Coeurs/Private Fears in Public Places, Resnais' latest film examines the theatricality of urban loneliness. Meticulously shot, designed, and lit, Coeurs is also a masterful exercise in layered surfaces and geometric divisions that makes the viewing experience a veritable seminar in visual themes. Coeurs follows six lonely souls through an artfully constructed Paris where artificial snow falls outside rose-pink windows, and where office partitions define the spatial and emotional parameters of the world. Perhaps to depict life as a series of staged encounters -- where honesty is not only rare but impossible -- the film flaunts its artifice at every turn. (Alain Resnais, 2006, 120 min, 35mm) Coeurs/Private Fears in Public Places is presented as part of the 2009 Tournées Festival of New French Film at the Film Studies Center. You are invited to spend five Friday nights this winter watching a conversation unfold between the contemporary work of classic French New Wave directors Garrel, Resnais, Godard and recent films by Honoré and Desplechin, members of the "new, new wave".
The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC).