* AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Opening Oct. 24 for one week only!

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New 4K Restoration

“The most beautiful film I’ve ever seen.” – Claude Chabrol

“It breaks down a wall opening new horizons to the cinema.” –Henri-Georges Clouzot

“Visually perfect like few others. There’s barely a frame you couldn’t extract, expane and hang on the wall.” – Tom Huddleston, Time Out (London)

Oscar-nominated in 2013, at the age of 85, for her heartbreaking performance in Michael Haneke’s AMOUR, Emmanuelle Riva first dazzled international audiences more than 50 years ago in this mind-bending exploration of love, loss, memory and connection, from arch provocateur Alain Resnais (1922—2014) (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD). On location in Hiroshima to shoot an antiwar film, French actress Riva’s tortured memories of a WWII romance with a German soldier are intercut with her present-day affair with architect Eiji Okada (WOMAN IN THE DUNES), even as he repeatedly warns, “You saw nothing in Hiroshima. Nothing.” to which she responds, “I saw everything. Everything.”

Asked to do an anti-nuclear documentary in the wake of his powerful Holocaust doc NIGHT AND FOG, Resnais opted instead for a feature exploring mutual guilt and the power of memory via multitudes of sometimes tiny timeshifts intercut with the present day lovers’ marathon conversation – all by first-time scripter but already-distinguished novelist Marguerite Duras, whose screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. This year marks Duras' centennial.

A worldwide sensation when first released, and widely considered one of the most beautiful and influential movies ever made, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR has long been unavailable for exhibition in the United States due to rights issues.

DIR Alain Resnais; SCR Marguerite Duras; PROD Anatole Dauman, Samy Halfon. US, 1959, b&w, 92 min, 4K DCP. NOT RATED

HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR has been restored in 4K by by Argos Films, Fondation Groupama Gan, Fondation Technicolor and Cineteca Bologna, with support from the CNC.

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