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Godard sprays the anarchist spirit in Cannes with a small screen camera

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Jean-Luc Godard showed that he is still the big disturbance on Saturday by making a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival for a critique called a strange movie celebrity.

71th Cannes Film Festival – News Conference for the film "The Picture Book" in competition ̵
1; Cannes, France May 12, 2018. Director Jean-Luc Godard is seen on a screen when he answers a journalist via video conference. REUTERS / Regis Duvignau

In the morning after the premiere of his abstract movie "The Image Book", the 87-year-old appeared on a mobile phone screen and asked questions ranging from geopolitics and the future of the film to the films of "Transformers" director Michael Bay.

Reporters happy on FaceTime with the French-Swiss filmmaker – a greeting him as a "living legend" – looking for clues to the meaning of the film described by Variety as a "color-saturated semiotic channel-kaleidoscope".

Peering over black-framed glasses with a white white hair, said Godard:

71th Cannes Film Festival – New Conference for The Picture Book "The Picture Book" in competition – Cannes, France May 12, 2018. Producer Fabrice Aragno keeps his cell phone for a video conference with director Jean-Luc Godard when he talks about his film. REUTERS / Regis Duvignau

"Cinema should not show what's happening, what you see on Facebook every day, but what's not happening and what you never see on Facebook."

Asked about his long-term view that movies would not follow a conventional story arch, he replied:

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"If I recently said this phrase, it was somehow to counter Spielberg's and so much that said a story had to have a beginning, a middle and an end, and so as a joke I said, "not in that order." "

" The Picture Book "violates more film conventions than that. With no actor and no current filming, it's entirely due to clips from other movies, stills, news magazines and even Islamic state online videos, with an audio track that is often inconvenient with the pictures.

Variety called it "a free-association mode of audio and video collage that suggests MTV crossed with Beatles" Revolution 9. "He is no longer a cracked narrator – he is an audiovisual poet."

As a boast by journalists penetrated around the iPhone from which Godard spoke, Daily Telegraph critic Robbie Collin criticized: "This is wild".

"It's the most exciting press conference I've been to. I think Cannes is not known for its obvious press conferences, but it felt like a weird film event itself," Collin told Reuters.

"What is still fascinating about Godard and his work, that is, he is the only director in the contest so far, maybe the only one in the whole festival, whose movies are defying cheers in a tweet or a thread of tweets."

"The Image Book" is one of 21 movies in the Palme d 'Or contest at the festival ending May 19th.

Reporting by Robin Pomeroy; Editing Alexander Smith

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