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January 4 – 17    New York, NY    FILM FORUM

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France, 1966
Director: Jacques Rivette
Producer: Georges de Beauregard
Cast: Anna Karina, Liselotte Pulver, Micheline Presle, Francisco Rabal
Screenwriter: Jean Gruault, Jacques Rivette
Based on the novel by Denis Diderot
Cinematography: Alain Levent
Costumes: Gitt Magrini
Genre: Drama
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 140 minutes

In eighteenth century France, novice Suzanne (Anna Karina) is compelled to take her vows and become a nun. As she does what she can to resist, Suzanne is shuttled between convents with widely different Mothers Superior, ranging from maternal to sadistic to amorous. Based on the novel by Denis Diderot, Rivette’s film was banned at its initial release and became the scandal du jour.

Restored in 4K from the original film negative by L’Immagine Ritrovata, under the supervision of Studiocanal and Mrs. Véronique Manniez-Rivette, with the support of the Centre National du Cinéma, La Cinématheque Française, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund-DGA-MPA-SACEM-WGAW. 

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