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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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Olivier Assayas In-Person Tribute & Exclusive Engagement of Carlos!


This is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive - CARLOS is only on our screen in LA!


A representative of the next generation of Cahiers du Cinéma critics-turned-filmmakers, Olivier Assayas has amassed a body of work encompassing some of the most ambitious and accomplished movies in contemporary French cinema. Following the character-driven, behavioral tradition of post-New Wave directors, Assayas also proves connected to his Cahiers forefathers by making films that speak to a wide variety of cinematic texts (seen most famously in IRMA VEP, which looks backwards to the mysterious silent serials of the great Louis Feuillade while throwing a sidelong glance at contemporary Hong Kong cinema). Assayas’s career has been marked by a thrilling creative restlessness, as he has explored a variety of genres and modes, trying his hand at contemporary drama (CLEAN), documentary portrait (HHH, his 1997 film on Hou Hsiao-hsien), period-piece (LES DESTINÉES) and cyber-thriller (the notorious DEMONLOVER).

Assayas’ most recent cinematic contribution, CARLOS, certainly falls in line with the creative ingenuity seen in his previous works. At 330 minutes, CARLOS has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "THE BOURNE IDENTITY with more substance, or MUNICH with more of a pulse…a globetrotting and epic look at one man's rise to the station of international guerrilla leader and terrorist celebrity." The film was an official selection of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Trailer

Join us for an in-person tribute to Olivier Assayas with IRMA VEP and DEMONLOVER, as well as a limited-engagement run of CARLOS!

Interview with actor Edgar Ramirez.


Thursday, October 21 – 7:30 PM

Olivier Assayas In Person! Double Feature: IRMA VEP, 1996, Zeitgeist Films, 96 min. Dir. Olivier Assayas. "[A] dark, brittle…comedy about a film company remaking Feuillade’s silent serial LES VAMPIRES…A once prestigious French director (Jean-Pierre Léaud) casts Hong Kong star Maggie Cheung (playing herself) as villainess Irma Vep, and his sexual infatuation with her is matched by that of the costume designer who escorts her around Paris. The feverish pace of the shooting seems to unleash bad vibes as well as desire, and Assayas follows the delirium as if he were at the center of a hurricane." – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader. In French with English subtitles. Trailer

New Print! DEMONLOVER, 2002, Palm Pictures, 117 min. Updating David Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME for the dotcom age, this dark thriller throws together gray-suited executives, high-tech websites and corporate espionage. As it draws links between the worlds of anime, videogames and pay-per-view pornography, Assayas’ film unnervingly suggests that even the most innocuous entertainments are part of a far less wholesome culture of the image. Music by Sonic Youth. In French with English subtitles. Discussion between films with Olivier Assayas. Trailer |   Buy Tickets




Friday, October 22 – 7:00 PM

Limited Engagement! CARLOS, 2010, IFC Films, 330 min. Director Olivier Assayas' epic, searing and relentlessly thrilling portrayal of the Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "THE BOURNE IDENTITY with more substance, or MUNICH with more of a pulse," and received much well-deserved buzz at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Sanchez (played by Edgar Ramirez) is a fascinating real-life figure with an explosive rise and fall - he managed to found a worldwide terrorist organization and raid the OPEC headquarters before being caught by the French police in 1975.

Olivier Assayas electrified the Cannes Film Festival with CARLOS, his epic and definitive portrait of the notorious international terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal, who masterminded a wave of terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East in the ’70s and ’80s. Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez stars in the title role. Co-written by Assayas and Dan Franck, CARLOS illustrates the evolution of contemporary terrorism as it examines the life of its title character, a Venezuelan whose real name is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. Tracing the arc of Carlos’ criminal activities across two decades and several nations, the film features a dynamic cast of international talent and was shot in numerous countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Lebanon, and Morocco.

Don't miss this stunning telling of an unbelievable moment in history, in an exclusive limited engagement at the Cinematheque! In French with English subtitles. Buy Tickets | Trailer

"(An) epic achievement...Nothing I've encountered on any size screen matches the lucidity of this fact-based fiction—it amounts to a textbook on state-sponsored terrorism—and nothing I've seen in recent years has held my attention so relentlessly. 'Carlos' also stood as a textbook case of the total immersion that one can enjoy only in a theatrical setting." - Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

"An event...An outrageous political gangster film Possibly the most universally admired movie among the Cannes Film Festival's official selections." - J. Hoberman, Film Comment

"An astonishing film. Olivier Assayas adopts a fleet, ever-propulsive style that creates an extraordinary you-are-there sense of verisimilitude, while Edgar Ramirez inhabits the title role with the arrogant charisma of Brando in his prime." - Todd McCarthy, indieWIRE

"HOW GOOD IS OLIVIER ASSAYAS' 'CARLOS'? Think of 'The Bourne Identity' with more substance, or 'Munich' with more of a pulse, and you begin to have a sense of what the French filmmaker accomplished with this globe-trotting and epic look at one man's rise to the station of international guerrilla leader and terrorist celebrity. This is an impressive work, the kind that one may be moved to see for reasons of novelty (it is a five-hour odyssey, after all) but that one is glad to have seen for all sorts of nobler reasons."

- Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times

Director Olivier Assayas and Edgar Ramirez will introduce the screening. Special prices: General $18, Student/Senior $15, Members $12. There will be an intermission after Part 2.

Saturday, October 23 – 11:00 AM

Saturday, October 23 – *6:00 PM

CARLOS, 2010, IFC Films, 330 min. Dir. Olivier Assayas. Intro and discussion following with director Olivier Assayas – [*For the 6 PM Olivier Assayas will only introduce the screening.] Special prices: General $18, Student/Senior $15, Members $12. There will be an intermission after Part 2. Buy Tickets


Long Version additional screening in the Spielberg Theatre:

Sunday, October 24 – 3:00 PM [ST] Special prices: General $18, Student/Senior $15, Members $12. There will be an intermission after Part 2. Buy Tickets


Short Version (166 min) additional screening in the Spielberg Theatre: (regular ticket prices apply)

Monday, October 25 – 7:30 PM [ST] Buy Tickets

Tuesday, October 26 – 7:30 PM [ST] Buy Tickets

Wednesday, October 27 – 7:30 PM [ST] Buy Tickets Discussion with Cinematographer Denis Lenoir.

Thursday, October 28 – 7:30 PM [ST] Buy Tickets