press release

To coincide with the major exhibition Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia, this landmark series presents over 60 films, most of which have never been shown before in the UK. Marking the 40th anniversary of the May 1968 protest movements that sparked a revolutionary shift which resounds today, the series demonstrates the political vitality and formal diversity of the French avant-garde from the beginnings of cinema to the present day.

The series includes pioneering films by Christian Boltanski, Alberto Cavalcanti, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Epstein, Gérard Fromanger, Philippe Garrel, Jean-Luc Godard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki, Ange Leccia, Maurice Lemaître, Rose Lowder, Louis Lumière, Étienne-Jules Marey, Chris Marker, Georges Méliès, László Moholy-Nagy, Pierre Molinier, Marylène Negro, Man Ray, Carole Roussopoulos, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Ben Vautier, René Vautier and many more.

Curated by Nicole Brenez, Michael Temple, Michael Witt, Pierre d’Amerval and Laurent Mannoni in association with Tate Modern and La Cinémathèque Française