Jean-Luc Godard makes short film for Vienna movie festival


Celebrated French-Swiss "New Wave" film director Jean-Luc Godard was persuaded out of retirement to direct a publicity trailer for Vienna's international film festival, the event's director said.

In an interview with the Austrian magazine Profile to be published on Monday, Hans Hurch said he had been "trying hard for 10 years" to get the 78-year-old to contribute to the festival.

Godard's first film "Breathless," starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, is considered a groundbreaking work of the French New Wave of the late 1950s and 1960s.

Godard now lives in semi-retirement in Switzerland.

"A Catastrophe" lasts 63 seconds and includes excerpts from Russian director Sergei Eisentein's film "The Battleship Potemkin," a traditional German love song and a piano piece by Schumann.

Hurch said it would be shown in Austrian cinemas from mid-September. The festival, the Viennale, runs from October 17-29.

After the success of his first film, Godard cemented his reputation with "Contempt," "Pierrot le Fou" and "Two or Three Things I Know About Her."

Directors, International Cinema

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