CANNES May 17 2014: Cohen Media Group, Artline Films and Arte have partnered to produce HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT, a feature documentary based on the recordings that led to François Truffaut’s internationally acclaimed 1966 book “Cinema according to Hitchcock”.
Directed by Kent Jones (A Letter to Elia, Director of the New York Film Festival) and co-written by Jones and Serge Toubiana (Director of Cinemathèque Française), the film will journey through the extensive series of conversations between Hitchcock and Truffaut, illustrating their love for filmmaking and demonstrating their impact on modern world cinema. Legendary scenes from Hitchcock’s films, intercut with comment and opinion from contemporary filmmakers will reinforce his iconic stature as one of the most influential directors of our time.
“For me, in many ways, cinema began with François Truffaut’s book about Alfred Hitchcock”, said director Kent Jones. “For me, and for many others, the book was more than formative – it was essential and direct. I was so excited when I was offered the chance to make this film, an inquiry into the adventure and excitement of directing films, of translating felt emotions into moving images”.
Since its publication, the book has been dubbed the “bible of cinema” by many international filmmakers. As such, the film will feature interviews and accounts from some of the most prominent and influential directors in world cinema including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, James Gray, Brian De Palma, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Olivier Assayas, Arnaud Desplechin and David Fincher. These directors will share how “Hitchcock/Truffaut” shaped their careers, transformed cinema and introduced the French New Wave and “New Hollywood” to the world.
Segments from the 1962 original recordings between the two filmmakers will also feature, allowing audiences to hear candid discussions between Hitchcock and Truffaut and to witness, first- hand, this quintessential moment in cinematic history.
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT is an American-French co-production produced by Cohen Media Group, Artline Films and Arte and will be released in Spring 2015.
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