Dir. Otar Iosseliani, 1984. 101 min. Color. Digital.
With Mathieu Amalric, Katja Rupé, Alix de Montaigu, François Michel
In French with English subtitles
Winner Grand Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival (1984)
With his first feature shot in France, acclaimed Georgian auteur Otar Iosseliani displayed astute—and hilarious—insights into his host country’s mores, painting a tenderly comical picture of a bygone Paris. Through the crisscrossing paths of art thieves and pop stars, anarchists and scientists, prostitutes and pickup artists, Iosseliani mines the tiniest detail for comedic gold while delivering a panoramic view of city life.
Winner of the Jury Prize at Venice in 1984, Favorites of the Moon is like a Tati film imbued with a distinctively eastern nostalgia. Look out for Mathieu Amalric’s first on-screen appearance as a young burglar!
“What unifies the episodes is a patient moral scourging of our greed and futile desires; but where the British would use satire, this opts for the French form of Tatiesque anarchy and fun. And fun it certainly is.” — Time Out