Dir. Jean-François Laguionie, 1985, 67 min
In French with English subtitles
For his first feature film, Laguionie created a starkly beautiful post-apocalyptic desert where items from past civilizations drop out of the sky. When Gwen’s friend is kidnapped—by those responsible for the dropped objects—she and the elder Roseline must trek across the dunes to the City of the Dead to find him.
Recently restored to preserve Laguionie’s lush, painterly images, this ecological parable casts two female characters as powerful instruments of change.