The Lion Sleeps Tonight(Le Lion Est Mort Ce Soir) Features
The critic VF Perkins’s observation that ‘the blurred distinction between authentic and staged events helps to make the cinema a peculiarly vivid medium’, finds its prime example in The Lion Sleeps Tonight.
In a remote area in the south of France, aging veteran actor Jean (icon of the French New Wave Jean-Pierre Léaud) is forced to confront mortality when he is asked to enact his death in front of the camera. Unable to perform, he retreats to the beautiful countryside. In an abandoned mansion, which calls to mind Jacques Rivette’s ‘houses of fiction’, life encounters death as his deceased young love appears before his eyes. And yet, the very vitality of youth and the wisdom of old age collide when a group of children learning filmmaking interrupts his dream.
Screening as part of ‘Reconciling with the World: Asian Cinema‘
|Country:||France and Japan|
|Language:||French, with English subtitles|
|Producer:||Jérôme Dopffer, Michiko Yoshitake|
|Cast:||Jean-Pierre Léaud, Pauline Etienne, Maud Wyler, Jules Langlade|