We are one day away from the premiere of Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film “The Image Book,” and yet there’s hardly anything known about the film. We recently shared a teaser for the film, which definitely fits the bill of a “teaser.” And we do know a little about the story behind the film. Other than that, and considering the filmmaker’s recent interest in being incredibly abstract, it’s difficult to know exactly what to expect when the film debuts at Cannes.
What we do know is that no matter what the reception is like at the prestigious film festival, “The Image Book” will soon be adapted into an art exhibit that will be shown around the world, according to Variety. According to the film’s producers, Fabrice Aragno and Mitra Farahani, “The Image Book” will have its debut as an interactive art exhibit, taking the images of Godard’s film and spreading them over 500 to 600 square meters.
“Those who will discover the exhibit will walk through a forest of images and sounds,” explained Aragno.
The producer goes on to describe the exhibit as best he can by comparing it to the famous “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso. “Except that ‘Guernica’ related to one historical chapter, whereas ‘The Image Book’ reflects on 200 years of history and gives some insight on today’s world,” continued Aragno.
The final locations of the exhibit are still to be determined, but the producers are hoping to have it available in New York, Paris, Madrid, and Singapore.
In addition to the news of Godard’s art exhibit, Variety is reporting that the filmmaker will return to work in front of the camera, by appearing in the upcoming film “A Vendredi Robinson.” The film is directed by Farahani, and is described as centering on the “correspondence between Godard and Ebrahim Golestan, the Iranian filmmaker and literary figure.”
While there’s no release date planned for that film, “The Image Book” is scheduled to premiere at Cannes on Friday.
Here’s the synopsis for the Godard film:
Do you still remember how, long ago, we trained our thoughts? Most often we’d start from a dream… We wondered how, in total darkness, colours of such intensity could emerge within us. In a soft, low voice Saying great things, Surprising, deep and accurate matters. Image and words Like a bad dream written on a stormy night. Under western eyes. The lost paradises. War is here.