EUROPA 2005, 27 OCTOBER

A film by Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
2006, 10 minutes
No. 117
Documentary


EUROPA 2005, 27 OCTOBER
$250.00
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Description
On October 27, 2005, in the Parisian suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, two teenage boys of Mauritanian and Tunisian origin were electrocuted as they fled the police. Their deaths sparked nearly three weeks of riots across France.

In five camera pans, amid birdsong and a dog’s menacing bark, Straub-Huillet document the dead-end location of this tragedy. Commissioned for Italian television on the centenary of Roberto Rossellini’s birth, the couple’s final collaboration is their imaginative response to the neorealist filmmaker’s Europa ’51.

Reviews
"The last film Danièle Huillet saw released in her lifetime (with three others finished posthumously) is one of Straub-Huillet’s most cinematically formal and politically literal works." - The New Inquiry

"Radically anti-speculative, practically anti-art. It upends virtually the entire career Straub and Huillet had achieved up to this point, in essence ending on a self-immolating note." - Michael Sicinski

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