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Cold Water

Olivier Assayas
L’eau froide
France 1994 / 92’
subtitles: Polish and English
A New Life Irma Vep

Olivier Assayas has a special connection with Cold Water because of the autobiographical nature of the story, as well as the circumstances in which the film was made. Ordered as part of a television series, the project eventually developed into an independent feature film. He had a tiny budget, complete creative freedom and 16 mm film that enabled him to recreate the melancholy atmosphere of the early 1970s. Returning to the era of his own youth, the French director tells the story of a pair of rebellious teenagers in conflict with the authorities, desperately seeking their place in the world and tasting the bitter fruit of adulthood for the first time. But the age of innocence comes to an end not only for them: this is the time, after all, when the youthful energy of the hippy generation is running out. With an intense impact on the senses and filmed in a series of long shots, Cold Water tells the story of a personal and cultural moment of transition through music (Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Roxy Music, Nico, Bob Dylan and Donovan), which has a particularly powerful impact during an unforgettable all-night party scene. “This is the movie I would have made if I could have made movies in the 1970s,” says the director.

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Olivier Assayas

Born in Paris in 1955, Olivier Assayas is the son of screenwriter Jacques Rémy (whose real name was Raymond Assayas). It was at his father’s side that Olivier took his first steps in the industry while still a teenager. He began making his first short amateur films a little while later. At the same time, he launched his career as a film critic, writing for the famous Cahiers du cinéma. He made his full-length debut with Disorder in 1986. Since then, he has made a number of films that have ensured him a position as one of the most important directors in European cinema. His most acclaimed works include Irma Vep, Something in the Air (an award winner for best screenplay at the Venice Festival) and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Selected filmography

1986 Bezład / Désordre / Disorder

1989 Zimowe dziecko / L’enfant de l’hiver / Winter’s Child

1991 Paryż się budzi / Paris s’éveille / Paris Awakens

1993 Nowe życie / Une nouvelle vie / A New Life

1994 Zimna woda / L’eau froide / Cold Water

1996 Irma Vep

1998 Koniec sierpnia, początek września / Fin août, début septembre / Late August, Early September

2000 Ścieżki uczuć / Les destinées sentimentales / Sentimental Destinies

2002 Demonlover

2004 Czysta / Clean

2007 Przejście / Boarding Gate

2008 Pewnego lata / L’heure d’été / Summer Hours

2010 Carlos (TV series)

2012 Po maju / Après mai / Something in the Air

2014 Sils Maria / Clouds of Sils Maria 

2016 Personal Shopper

2018 Doubles vies / Non-Fiction

Cast & Crew

director Olivier Assayas
screenplay Olivier Assayas
cinematography Denis Lenoir
editing Luc Barnier
music various
sound Hervé Chauvel
cast Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, Lászlo Szabó, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
producer Georges Benayoun, Paul Rozenberg
production Ima Films, La Sept, SFP Production, Sony Music Entertainment, IMA Productions
sales Orange
language French
colouration colour