Six Different Trailers for Jean-Luc Godard’s Cannes Submission ‘Socialisme’

Jean-Luc Godard is a filmmaker that fascinates me. I fell instantly in love with his highly influential film Breathless and along with watching several of the rest of the films in his oeuvre have found similar joy in Vivre sa vieBand of Outsiders and Contempt. He’s been making films since 1954 and the fact I will be able to catch his latest effort as it debuts at Cannes is certain to be one of the highlights of the festival for me no matter what I ultimately think of the film and now.

However, we don’t have to wait any longer to catch a glimpse of the film as Godard has uploaded six separate trailers ranging in length from 1:31 – 4:29 of his Cannes Film Festival submission Socialisme onto YouTube. Socialisme will be featured in the “Un Certain Regard” category at Cannes, but here we get an early look at the film that runs just shy of 17 minutes.

I On Cinema gives us the following (rather hard-to-follow) synopsis of the film, the title of which translates to Socialsm:

A symphony in three movements. Things such as: The Mediterranean, a cruise ship. Numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday… An old man, a war criminal (German, French, American we don’t know) accompanied by his granddaughter. A famous French philosopher (Alain Badiou). A representative of the Moscow police, detective branch. An American singer (Patti Smith). An old French policeman. A fired female United Nations officer. A former double agent. A Palestinian ambassador. It’s a matter of gold, as it was before with the Argonauts, but what is seen (the image) is very different from what is heard (the word). Our humanities. Visits to six sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona. Our Europe. At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned their parents to appear before the court of their childhood. One of the parents in fact has to appear on television to stand as a candidate in the local elections at… The children demand serious explications of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.

The limited amount of spoken language is in French without subtitles, though much of it seems to be a series of images and text presented at varying speeds. I haven’t watch them all just yet, but look forward to hearing from any of you that take the time to sort through them, all of which are presented in 1080p high-definition.


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