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Trailer of a Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Release: 2023
Runtime: 20
Language: French with English subtitles
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

At the time of his death in September 2022, Jean-Luc Godard had been in the midst of planning another feature, an adaptation of Belgian author Charles Plisnier’s 1937 novel Faux Passports. Though the film was never produced, the intricate and beautiful “trailer” that Godard put together in preparation now stands as his final work, a complex collage of history, politics, and cinema constructed of paper and glue, paintings and photographs, sound and silence. Godard often transformed his synopses into aesthetic programs. His swan song follows in this tradition and will remain as the ultimate gesture of cinema, which he accompanies with the following text: “Rejecting the billions of alphabetic diktats to liberate the incessant metamorphoses and metaphors of a necessary and true language by returning to the locations of past film shoots, while keeping track of modern times.”

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Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1697169600October 13 - October 15, 2023
ByTowne Cinema Ottawa 1704430800January 5 - January 9, 2024
Cinéma du Museé Montreal 1702616400December 15 - December 21, 2023
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1696046400September 30, 2023
Film Forum New York 1702616400December 15 - December 28, 2023
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1704776400January 9 - January 17, 2024
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1698984000November 3 - November 10, 2023
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1702616400December 15 - December 21, 2023
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1695960000September 29 - October 5, 2023
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1703221200December 22 - December 28, 2023
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1694923200September 17, 2023
Nantucket Dreamland Nantucket 1703048400December 20, 2023
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City 1706331600January 27, 2024
Portland Museum of Art Portland 1705640400January 19 - January 21, 2024
Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University Durham 1699070400November 4, 2023
SIFF Film Center Seattle 1695614400September 25, 2023
Texas Theatre Dallas 1705208400January 14, 2024
The Broadway Theatre Saskatoon 1705726800January 20 - January 23, 2024
The Cinematheque Vancouver 1705035600January 12 - January 28, 2024
The Ryder Film Series Bloomington 1705726800January 20 - January 28, 2024
UW-Madison Cinematheque Madison 1711771200March 30, 2024
Webster University Film Series St. Louis 1694750400September 15 - September 17, 2023
Zeitgeist Theatre Arabi 1704258000January 3 - January 9, 2024