Paris 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the leading filmmaker of his generation, is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, lead actress Anne Wiazemsky. They are happy, attractive, in love, and about to marry. But the film’s icy reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc, and the events of May 1968 only amplify this process, setting in motion an existential crisis in the filmmaker. Revolutionary, off-the-wall, destructive, and brilliant, he will pursue his choices and his beliefs with an abandon that will change his life irrevocably. Academy Award-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) returns to RiverRun with another tribute to classic cinema, this time a tribute to the French New Wave that is wildly funny, visually playful and deeply moving.

The film will be presented by Fernando Pardo, Instructor of French at Salem College and Wake Forest University, whose field of specialization during his studies at the Sorbonne included both Albert Camus and French Cinema. Pardo recently hosted a three-film introduction to French Cinema for a/perture cinema’s Looking @ Art Cinema series.