The late Alain Resnais’ HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, a pillar of the French New Wave (long unavailable for exhibition in the United States due to rights issues) will be released by Rialto Pictures in a spectacular new 4K restoration and will be shown at Stamford's Avon Theatre on Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. The 1959 film, an official selection of this year’s New York Film Festival, will open theatrically October 17 in New York City at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre and other select locations. A national rollout will follow.
Employing a radical use of voice-over narration and quickly-flashbacked scenes, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR tells the story of a brief relationship in post-war Japan of a French film actress played by Emmanuelle Riva (2012 Oscar nominee for Amour) who goes to Hiroshima to make a film and has an affair with a Japanese architect played by Eiji Okada (Woman in the Dunes).
The Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Marguerite Duras who, in novels like The Lover, often dealt with European/Asian relationships. 2014 marks Duras’ centennial. HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR began as a documentary commission from Japan’s Daiei Studios, secured for Alain Resnais by producer Anatole Dauman. Resnais decided that the bombing of Hiroshima and its impact needed fiction, brought Duras onto the project, and worked with her to create a story that would exist “in two tenses… the present and the past.”
A worldwide art house sensation when first released, and widely considered one of the most beautiful and influential movies ever made, Hiroshima Mon Amour was awarded the International Critics’ prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Due to its harrowing anti-nuclear stance, it was kept out of the main competition to avoid offending the U.S. HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR has been restored by Argos Films, Fondation Groupama Gan, Fondation Technicolor, and Cineteca Bologna, with support from the CNC.