1992: First Chichester Film Festival
As part of the July Chichester Festivities, I founded our first fully fledged film festival for Chichester, with over 50 screenings including 12 new European films as part of the ironically “into Europe” theme of the Festivities. We have selected the previewed 1991 French masterpiece ‘Van Gogh’ to mark this new initiative. From the following year we moved into August as a stand-alone Film Festival for the next 27 years. – Roger Gibson.
One of the greatest films by one of the finest directors of the second half of the 20th century, Maurice Pialat's ‘Van Gogh’ represents an ambitious and crowning achievement in its portrayal of the master painter's final weeks of life. Van Gogh, depicted by the remarkable actor/songwriter-singer Jacques Dutronc (Godard's ‘Sauve qui peut (la vie)’), has arrived at Auvers-sur-Oise to come under the care of Dr. Gachet (Gérard Séty) for his nervous agitation. Soon after the arrival of Vincent's brother Théo (Bernard Le Coq) and his wife, plein air portraiture and conviviality give way to the more crepuscular moods of brothels and cabarets, and the painter's anguished existence, tossing between money worries and an impassioned relationship with the doctor's teenage daughter, finally meets its terminal scene. Although other films have also covered this subject well, Pialat’s masterpiece towers over them all, and received high praise from Jean-Luc Godard. (Subtitles)
France 1991 Maurice Pialat 158m
Due to licensing complications, Arrow Distributors have kindly let us screen the film without admission charges. There will be a collection for local charity Stonepillow at the end of the film.
Tue 16 Apr 15:15
Admission Free (Tickets required)