‘He provokes you intellectually so laborious that you just actually escape of your shell and give you one thing artistic.’
‘He can extract a creation out of you, such is the energy of Godard and his movies.’

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IMAGE: Jean-Luc Godard, the legendary French director, died on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters

Director Amartya Bhattacharyya was selling his movie Adieu Godard on social media when he learnt about the demise of legendary French-Swiss film-maker Jean-Luc Godard.

To him and 1000’s and 1000’s of film-makers round the world, Godard is cinema.

“I used to be simply sharing a pair of posts on Facebook and out of the blue, I noticed this information. It was like a surreal shock out of nowhere and it took a while for me to grasp that it truly occurred,” Bhattacharyya tells PTI.

Godard, who began his film profession in the Fifties as a movie critic, is thought to be the proponent of the French New Wave movie motion that paved the manner for transformation of world cinema.

Swiss information company ATS quoted Godard’s accomplice, Anne-Marie Mieville, and her producers as saying he died peacefully and surrounded by his family members at his house in the Swiss city of Rolle, on Lake Geneva, on September 13. He was 91.


IMAGE: Choudhury Bikash in Adieu Godard.

The title of Bhattacharya’s critically-acclaimed Odia film, which was launched on September 2, means that it is a tribute to Godard however not a quintessential homage to the film-maker.

Shot fully in Odisha, Adieu Godard follows the story of an outdated man named Ananda (Choudhary Bikash Dash), who is hooked on pornography and secretly watches grownup movies with different males in the night.

One day, he by chance brings house a DVD after assuming it to be pornography, however it seems to be Breathless, Godard’s debut movie.

Ananda will get attracted by the newness and step by step develops an obsession.

Then he makes an attempt to host a movie competition on Godard of their village.

According to the Bhubaneswar-based director, folks mustn’t lament Godard’s demise or passively keep in mind the director however should rejoice him with newness in movies, concepts and creativity.

“Because that is what Godard is all about. He is never of the previous,” he added.

Bhattacharya mentioned Godard’s affect on world cinema is large and the movies had an affect in every single place, even India.

“I’ve seen Godardian affect in even mainstream cinema of India,” he mentioned.


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IMAGE: ‘Indian New Wave Cinema has so much of parts of Godard,’ notes Adieu Godard Director Amartya Bhattacharyya.

Photograph: Reuters

Film-maker Anurag Kashyap, who regards Godard as one of his cinematic influences, additionally remembered the grasp.

He shared a black-and-white picture of Godard from the set of his 1961 movie A Woman Is A Woman on his Instagram Story.

Film-maker-archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur condoled the loss of life of the legendary director on Twitter.


‘Jean Luc Godard is no extra cannot imagine cinema with out him lastly met him as half of FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) in Lausanne… after writing letters chasing him I acquired a submit card again from him which simply mentioned Godard,’ added Dungarpur.

To Bhattacharyya, Godard was not simply the God of French New Wave Cinema, however the ‘God of Cinema’.

“Even the Indian New Wave Cinema has so much of parts of Godard. Iranian and Russian cinema might have so much of elements of Godard,” he says.

Godard instilled in him the braveness to interrupt the buildings, the regular and conventional types of cinema and discover past the apparent, added Bhattacharyya.

“He provokes you intellectually so laborious that you just actually escape of your shell and give you one thing artistic. He can extract a creation out of you, such is the energy of Godard and his movies,” he says.

Bhattacharyya was additionally impressed by Godard’s interviews, particularly as a result of they had been easy phrases and thought-provoking.

The 35 yr outdated, who has watched Godard’s movies resembling Breathless and Our Music, says these motion pictures have left an indelible mark on his psyche.

Bhattacharyya mentioned he is additionally deeply impressed by the grammar and construction of Godard’s movies.

“There are a number of film-makers who carry on repeating themselves as soon as they get success as a result of that is the root of their achievements. But Godard never did that. He even broke his personal kind. You have to interrupt your self repeatedly and arrive at one thing new. This cycle of building and deconstruction is inherently artistic,” he provides.


IMAGE: The Adieu Godard poster.

Bhattacharyya mentioned he needed to fulfill his idol and present him Adieu Godard.

“Unfortunately, I did not have the fortune to speak to him in particular person. We had despatched the movie to Godard’s workplace, however I’m undecided if he ever had an opportunity to observe it.”

Last yr, Godard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala.

He participated in the ceremony nearly as he was unable to journey as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Acclaimed Indian film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan had accepted the award on his behalf.

Godard Pala Yathrakal (Many Journeys of Godard), a e-book on the late film-maker by movie critic G P Ramachandran and revealed by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, was additionally launched at IFFK.

Godard’s final directorial was The Image Book, which launched in 2018.

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