Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

PERCEVAL
(Perceval le Gallois)

Year: 1978
Country: France
Run Time: 127 minutes

PERCEVAL

Rohmer's concept is to portray the 12th century of the Perceval story through the idealized terms with which that period mythologized itself. The result is a uniquely enchanting experience. Rohmer has found his perfect Perceval in Fabrice Luchini, a comic innocent whose wide-eyed impressionability registers every stage of Perceval's initiation into the rituals of courtly life. Although closely related to Rohmer's other films (Perceval is a brother to the Jean-Louis Trintignant character in 1969's "My Night at Maud's" and Claire's sisters from 1971's "Claire's Knee" also are evident) the old French rhyming text and the painted sets give a unique look and sound to this, his most exhilarating film.



"Eric Rohmer's Perceval is a medieval Buster Keaton who pursues the Grail in a bumbling, inefficient but charming manner." - New York Film Festival



"Intelligent, polished, spiritual and deeply rewarding." - After Dark

Screenplay
Eric Rohmer (from the poem by Chretien de Troyes)

Producer
Margaret Menegoz and Barbet Schroeder

Cinematography
Nestor Almendros

Editing
Cecile Decugis

Principal Cast
Fabrice Luchini, Andre Dussollier, Arielle Dombasle

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