Ciné-Club: Après Mai

Ciné-Club: Après Mai

Sunday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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Where will you be when the protests are over? This week at Ciné-Club, we'll be taking a look at Olivier Assayas's retrospective view of the late 60s, the tumultous coming-of-age story and period piece: 

Après Mai ("Something in the Air", 2012)

Rent on YouTube, iTunes, or Amazon Prime

The year is 1968, and Gilles is part of the revolution. For the time being, anyway. Surrounded by radical friends and caught up in the swell of the seemingly unstoppable youth movement, the young painter finds himself happily riding the momentum of an era of independence, creativity, and social progress. But Gilles is a little put off by his cohorts' insistence that art serve only political purposes, and wants instead to pursue art for arts' sake. His struggle to reconcile his personal ambitions with those of his revolutionary friends is only further complicated when he falls for Christine, a political firebrand and passionate organizer for the New Left. With a new decade dawning and a variety of branching paths unfolding before him, Gilles will have to decide which dreams are worth pursuing - and which ideals he gets to keep. 

Nostalgic, passionate, and ringing with the universal uncertainties and excitements of youth, Olivier Assayas' look back at the immediate aftermath of Mai '68 is a vital period piece for one of the most turbulent periods in modern history. Let's talk about it!




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since it began in March 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and has written on cinema for the politics revue, Toquevillle21.