France/Japan, 1959
Director: Alain Resnais
Producer: Anatole Dauman, Samy Halfon
Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Bernard Fresson
Screenwriter: Marguerite Duras
Cinematography: Sacha Vierny (France), Michio Takahashi (Japan)
Music: Giovanni Fusco, Georges Delerue
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Language: French and Japanese with English subtitles
Running Time: 92 minutes

A new restoration of one of the classics of cinema, Hiroshima Mon Amour depicts a brief affair between a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) in the rebuilt and thriving Hiroshima of 1959. The couple's bliss is slowly eroded by the unavoidable memories of the war and atomic mass destruction.

Awards and Nominations:
International Critics' Award (Cannes Film Festival, 1959)
Film Writers' Award (Cannes Film Festival, 1959)
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen nomination (Academy Awards, 1959)
United Nations Award (BAFTA Awards, 1960)
Best Film nomination (BAFTA Awards, 1960)
Best Foreign Actress nomination (BAFTA Awards, 1960)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures nomination (Directors Guild of America Awards, 1960)
Prix Méliès for Best French Film (French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1960)
Best Foreign Language Film (New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 1960)
Top Foreign Films Award (National Board of Review, 1960)
Official Selection (New York Film Festival, 2014)

Restored in 4K by Argos Films, La Fondation Groupama Gan, La Foundation Technicolor, and La Cineteca di Bologna with support from the CNC at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory (Bologna)

Reviews and Quotes 2

"Visually perfect like few others! There's barely a frame you couldn't extract, expand and hang on the wall!"
— Tom Huddleston, Time Out London

"The most beautiful film I've ever seen!"
— Claude Chabrol

"One of the most influential films in the short history of the medium! It's difficult to
quantify the breadth of Hiroshima's impact."
— Kent Jones

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