In May 1968, France experienced yet another revolutionary moment. Contemporary footage creates an epic fresco of events during which the energy of utopian ideals helped shake society.
CAST & CREW
Matthieu de Laborde
Michel Andrieu, Jacques Kebadian
After studying at IDHEC, Jacques Kebadian entered the cinema world as an assistant director in the films by Robert Bresson Balthazar (1967), Mouchette (1967), A Gentle Woman (1969). In 1967, he directed his first feature film Trotsky with Patrice Chereau in the role of Trotsky. In 1968, Jacques Kebadian participated in the making of États Généraux du Cinéma and filmed the workers' strikes. He joined the combative collective of ARC that filmed Right to Speech, Beautiful May, and Action Committee 13. The Armenian origins prompted him to devote numerous films to the Armenian Genocide and the Armenian Diaspora, such as the Armenian Memories monumental installation dedicated to the centennial of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. In 1982, Jacques Kebadian founded the Armenian Audiovisual Association, and in 1984-89, organized an Armenian FF in Studio 43 (Paris).
Trotsky (1967), Albertine, the Perfumed Memory of Marie Rose (1972), Germaine Tillion (1974), Douze jours en Arménie (1975), Arménie 1900 (1981), No Return Possible (co-dir.: Serge Avedikian, 1983), Paradjanov, souvenir (co-dir.: Serge Avedikian, 1983), Les cinq sœurs (1985), Blanche et Claire (1987), Apsaras (1989), Mémoires arméniennes (1993), From One Bush to Another (1997), 20 ans après (2002), The Fragile Armada (co-dir.: Joani Hocquenghem, 2003), Pierre Guyotat, musiques (2008), Pierre Guyotat, arrière-fond (2009), Dis-moi pourquoi tu danses? (2014), Ap’rising 68 (co-dir.: Michel Andrieu, 2018).
Michel Andrieu, born in Marseilles, studied economics before entering the IDHEC Direction Department. In 1967-72, he participated in the ARC group activities, particularly in Berlin 68, dedicated to the German movement against the Vietnam War and in The Right to Speech with Jacques Kebadian, which depicted the relationship among students and laborers in May 1968. Simultaneously, he wrote about 30 scenarios for television. In 1979, he released his first long-length feature film, Bastien, Bastienne with Juliet Berto, which was selected for the Cannes FF Directors' Fortnight program. In 1984, he filmed The Voyage with Victoria Abril, which was presented at the Cannes FF in the same year. Since 1990, he resumed working on documentary films, giving preferance to science, music history scenarios, by filming Le Gospel selon Liz McComb, as well as to scenarios dedicated to history, by creating a portrait of Boris Pasternak, shot in 1998 in Moscow.
Bastien, Bastienne (1979), The Voyage (1984), Firing Squad (1990), Gospel by Liz McComb (1992), Boris Pasternak (1998), Going Back (2009), Up’rising 68 (co-dir.: Jacques Kebadian, 2018).