“E•pis•to•lar•y: letter to Jean Vigo”
a film by Lynne Sachs
5 min. 2021
In a cinema letter to French director Jean Vigo, Lynne Sachs ponders the delicate resonances of his 1933 classic “Zero for Conduct” in which a group of school boys wages an anarchist rebellion against their authoritarian teachers. Thinking about the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the United States Capitol by thousands of right-wing activists, Sachs wonders how innocent play or calculated protest can turn so quickly into chaos and violence.
Commissioned by the Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival of Navarre program “The letters that weren’t and also are”. Spain, 2021.
Original idea Garbiñe Ortega with the collaboration of Matías Piñeiro
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Punto de Vista (Pamplona, Spain)
Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival 2021; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021; Cinema Parallels (Focus on Lynne Sachs), Bosnia 2021, Cryptofiction, 2021; Mimesis Documentary Film Festival, 2021; New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival 2021, St. Petersburg, Russia; Festifreak: Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata, Argentina 2021; Exground Film Fest Wiesbaden, Germany (American Focus Programme, invited guest) 2021; Bogoshorts, Bogata, Colombia; Festival International de Cine Contemporáno Camára Lucida; Festival This Human World, Vienna, Austria 2021; Porto/Post/Doc Festival, Cinefiesta Section, Porto, Spain 2021; Metrograph Theater, New York City 2021.
Criterion Channel streaming premiere with 7 other films, Oct. 2021.
Punto De Vista: Lynne Sachs on her participation in ‘The letters that were not also are’
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