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October 02, 2017


“Rouch's films can be considered a race toward presence, spurred on by the dream of capturing life as it happens." 
—Sam Dilorio, Film Comment

"One of the most secretly influential of all filmmakers."
—Richard Brody, The New Yorker
October 2, 2017: Icarus Films is excited to announce that Eight Films By Jean Rouchwill be released on home video DVD, with select titles also available on video-on-demand, on November 14, 2017.

The new Jean Rouch box set from Icarus Films will include eight newly restored films on four discs, a 24-page booklet with two essays about Rouch and his methodology, and a new documentary about Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema, titled Jean Rouch, The Adventurous Filmmaker

Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film The Mad Masters through 1969’s darkly comic Little By Little, these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch’s practice of “shared anthropology"a process of collaboration with his subjects.

Astonishing on their own terms, now restored in high-definition and released for the first time, Eight Films By Jean Rouch is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole.

The eight films are:

Disc 1

The Mad Masters / Les Maîtres fous (1955 / 29 minutes / 1.33:1)
A possession ritual of the Hauka religious sect using the delirious techniques of "cine-trance" also doubles as a theatrical protest against Ghana’s colonial rulers. The most controversial and also the most widely celebrated work by Jean Rouch. 

“One of the most profound explorations of the African view of the colonial world.”
–Senses of Cinema (Read more)

Mammy Water (1956 / 19 minutes / 1.33:1)
An exploration of the spiritual traditions of a fishing village on the Gulf of Guinea. When the catch is bad, villagers must honor the water spirits, or Mammy Water, with a ceremony.

Moi, Un Noir (1958 / 74 minutes / 1.33:1)
A complex portrait of Nigerian migrants in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast. Winner of the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc in 1958, Moir, Un Noir marked Jean Rouch's break with traditional ethnography and his embrace of the collaborative and improvisatory strategies he called, "shared ethnography" and "ethnofiction."

“The most daring of films and the humblest.” –Jean-Luc Godard

“Moi, Un Noir was as much psychodrama as ethnographic film, even while raising the question of moi's identity.” –J. Hoberman, Artforum
Disc 2

The Human Pyramid (1961 / 93 minutes / 1.33:1)
At a Lycée on the Ivory coast, Rouch meets with white colonial French high-school students and their black African classmates (all non-actors) and persuades them to improvise a drama.  

“Groundbreaking metafiction.” –The New Yorker (Read more)

The Lion Hunters (1965 / 81 minutes / 1.33:1)
Documentation of the lion hunt performed by the gow hunters of the Songhay people, shot on the border between Niger and Mali over a period of seven years.

“A must-see.” –Chicago Reader (Read more)
Disc 3

Jaguar (1967 / 93 minutes / 1.33:1) 
Three young Songhay men from Niger journey to the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana). After filming the trip in mid-1950s, the four reunited a few years later to record the sound, remembering dialogue and making up commentary. 
Also available on iTunes and Amazon Video.

“Exuberant in its spontaneous good humor.” –Ethnographic Film

Little By Little (1969 / 96 minutes / 1.33:1)
Jean Rouch’s Nigerian collaborators travel to France to perform a reverse ethnography of late-1960’s Parisian life.

“A truly mesmerizing, frequently hilarious, and provocative masterpiece.” –Indiewire

"Attacks the logic of mainstream cinema, subverting expectations about what film is and can be.” –Sam Dilorio, Film Comment
Disc 4 - Bonus Disc: Two Films!

The Punishment (1962 / 64 minutes / 1.33:1)
A film by Jean Rouch 

An aimless young woman is sent home from school with nothing to do. Drifting through the streets of Paris, she comes across a variety of people. 

Jean Rouch, The Adventurous Filmmaker (2017 / 55 minutes / 1.78:1)
A film by Laurent Védrine 

A new documentary about Jean Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema.

Bonus features include: a 24-page booklet with two essays on Rouch and his methodology, HD digital restorations, and two bonus films— The Punishment by Jean Rouch and Jean Rouch, The Adventureous Filmmaker by Laurent Védrine.

Eight Films by Jean Rouch Restored - Trailer
Watch the trailer of EIGHT FILMS BY JEAN ROUCH
Digitized and restored with the support of the Centre National du Cinéma
Pre-Book Date: 10/10/17  | Street Date: 11/14/17
In French & English w/English subtitles
SRP: $44.98 | UPC: 8-54565-00216-6
An Icarus Films Release

FIAF's October CinéSalon: "Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light"


The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, is thrilled to present the CinéSalon series Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light throughout the month of October. On Tuesday, October 24, Champetier comes to FIAF in person for a special Q&A after the 4pm screening of The Innocents and the 7:30pm screening of Holy Motors.

Award-winning director of photography Caroline Champetier is a master of her craft. The orchestrator of lighting and camerawork on more than 100 films, her art is often felt as much as it is seen. Champetier has a rare ability to shape light to create palpable energy, evoke powerful emotions, and transform movie sets into fully-realized worlds. 

Champetier is the cinematographer behind some of France’s greatest filmmakers, past and present. A student of William Lubtchantsky, she has worked with generations of pioneering filmmakers, from Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette to Chantal Akerman, Arnaud Desplechin, and Léos Carax.  This fall’s CinéSalon series features some of Champetier’s most striking films, including Holy MotorsOf Gods and Men, and films recently restored under her supervision.

Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light coincides with the New York premiere, on electronic billboards surrounding Times Square, of Voir la mer, from France’s foremost conceptual artist, Sophie Calle. Featuring cinematography by Caroline Champetier, the series of intimate, evocative video portraits reveals the emotional response of Istanbul residents seeing the sea for the first time. Voir la mer is presented as part of FIAF’s celebratedCrossing the Line Festival.

Films include:

  • La Sentinelle, dir. Arnaud Desplechin, Tuesday, October 3 at 4 & 7:30pm.
  • Toute une nuit, dir. Chantal Akerman, Tuesday, October 17 at 4 & 7:30pm.
  • The Innocents, dir. Anne Fontaine, Tuesday, October 24 at 4pmScreening followed by Q&A with Caroline Champetier.
  • Holy Motors, dir. Léos Carax, Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30pmScreening followed by Q&A with Caroline Champetier.
  • Hannah Arendt, dir. Margarethe von TrottaTuesday, October 31 at 4pmScreening will be introduced by film journalist Anne-Katrin Titze.
  • Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma, dir. Jean-Luc Godard, Tuesday, October 31 at 7 :30pm. Screening will be introduced by film critic Richard Brody.
  • Related event! Sophie Calle: Voir la merSunday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 31, nightly from 11:57pm-midnight, on Times Square electronic billboards from 42nd-49th Street betw. 7th Ave & Broadway.

Series curated by Caroline Champetier and Delphine Selles-Alvarez.

About CinéSalon

In the spirit of the French ciné-clubs and literary salons, CinéSalon pairs an engaging French film with a social post-screening wine & beer reception. Every 7:30pm screening will be introduced by a high-profile personality in the arts.

Films in French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

Below is the press release with full details. For more info visit

September 29, 2017


Here comes one more chance to watch the great Anton Yelchin in one of his last film roles before his untimely death. It doesn't hurt that the film is set in one of the world's most romantic and beautiful cities. I'm really looking forward to seeing "Porto."

September 27, 2017

Natalie Portman In Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller ANNIHILATION

The filmmaker responsible for "Ex Machina" (Alex Garland) seems to be upping his game with his own adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel. Natalie Portman is due for a comeback. Welcome to a world where "the rules of nature do not apply."

Color me curious.

September 19, 2017

D'après une histoire vraie - de Roman Polanski - Bande-Annonce

September 16, 2017


"Punk rock isn’t something you grow out of. Punk rock is an attitude, and the essence of that attitude is, give us some truth."


September 15, 2017

HARRY DEAN STANTON July 14, 1926 to September 15, 2017

So long Harry, you loved and you were loved.

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