In the 1920s, Marcel, a celebrated concert violinist, is visiting Pierre, an old friend, and his high-spirited wife Romaine. After dinner, Marcel recounts a personal story of love and betrayal that moves Romaine deeply. So begins a passionate affair that will ultimately tear all their lives apart.
One of Susan Sontag’s favorites, Alain Resnais’ acclaimed Mélo shines through its interplay between the theatrical and cinematic. Adapting Henri Bernstein’s play closely, Resnais’ rendition varies with immaculate long takes and compositions, highlighting outstanding performances from his actors.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Walter Salles, 2004, Argentina
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States