Love Exists: The Films of Maurice Pialat

February 5–March 25, 2016

Pialat (1925–2003) is considered the greatest French filmmaker of the post–New Wave era. A gifted storyteller, Pialat made films that capture the authenticity of real life. 

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  • A Nos Amours

    • Friday, February 19 8:15 PM
    • Friday, March 25 6:30 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1983

    Imported 35mm Print!

    The "best film of the year" (Village Voice) revolves around a teenage girl (Sandrine Bonnaire) and her disruptive erotic power over her own family.

  • Le Garçu

    • Friday, March 25 8:30 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1995

    Imported 35mm Print!

    Gérard Depardieu once again shows his extraordinary range, this time as a Parisian deciding whether or not to leave his wife for his mistress. 

  • Police

    • Saturday, March 19 8:20 PM
    Maurice Pialat

    Imported 35mm Print!

    Gérard Depardieu stars in this policier about a burnt-out cop, a Tunisian drug ring, and an elusive lover.

  • The House in the Woods

    • Sunday, March 13 1:30 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1971

    One of Pialat's most beloved films, The House in the Woods tells of life in a French village during WWI and centers on a gamekeeper and his wife who take in children left abandoned in the war.

  • Graduate First

    • Friday, March 11 8:30 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1979

    Imported 35mm Print!

    Pialat's slice-of-life portrait of kids in a northern mining town has the brutally compassionate sense of reality for which he is acclaimed.

  • Pialat's Turkish Chronicles

    • Saturday, March 5 6:30 PM

    Imported 35mm Prints!

    Six lyrical shorts dedicated to Turkey’s history and people, shot there by Pialat and cinematographer Willy Kurant (Masculin féminin) in 1964.

  • The Mouth Agape

    • Saturday, March 5 8:15 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1974

    Digital Restoration!

    In this "incandescent masterpiece"(Sight & Sound), a man (Philippe Léotard) watches his mother die of cancer.

  • Loulou

    • Sunday, February 14 7 PM
    • Saturday, February 27 8:30 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1980

    Imported 35mm Print!

    A bourgeoise leaves her husband for a working-class layabout in this absorbing study of desire.

  • Under the Sun of Satan

    • Sunday, February 7 3 PM
    • Friday, February 26 6:30 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1987

    Imported 35mm Print!

    Gérard Depardieu displays his range as an actor in this film about a parish priest for whom life is an endless struggle with Satan. Sandrine Bonnaire costars. Winner, Cannes Palme d'or.

  • We Will Not Grow Old Together

    • Friday, February 26 8:15 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1972

    Pialat's daringly autobiographical story concerns a woman extricating herself from a partner who delights in degrading her. Jean Yanne, Marlène Jobert star.

  • Van Gogh

    • Sunday, February 21 1:30 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1991

    Imported 35mm Print!

    The artist's world in the last two months of his life.

  • Naked Childhood

    • Friday, February 5 6:30 PM
    • Saturday, February 20 8:30 PM
    Maurice Pialat
    France, 1968

    Imported 35mm Prints! 

    A tender but unflinching study of an orphaned boy whose erratic, aggressive behavior leads him to be passed from one set of foster parents to another. With short Love Exists.

  • Maurice Pialat: Love Exists

    • Friday, February 19 6:30 PM
    Anne-Marie Faux, Jean-Pierre Devillers
    France, 2007

    An insightful portrait of one of the greatest French filmmakers of the post–Nouvelle Vague era.