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Something in the Air

Olivier Assayas
Après mai
France 2012 / 122’
subtitles: Polish and English
Noise Clouds of Sils Maria

France, the early 1970s. Many young people are still experiencing the revolutionary fever of the events of May 1968. One of them is a student named Gilles, who is involved in a variety of activities for the radical left. Although politics is taking up more and more of his time, he doesn’t want to give up his dream of becoming an artist. He knows perfectly well that he is at a watershed moment in his life and that the decisions he makes now will impact his entire future. An award winner for best screenplay at the Venice Festival, Something in the Air is no naive coming-of-age tale. Instead of idealizing the past, Assayas prefers to portray it without embellishment, as evinced by the film’s harsh, sometimes even pseudo-documentary form. The emotional authenticity of Something in the Air also rests on yet another foundation: the director has mentioned in in numerous interviews that he has a lot in common with Gilles and that the story told on-screen has a strong autobiographical dimension.

Piotr Czerkawski


Venice IFF 2012 – Best Screenplay


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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 Eric Gautier
editing Luc Barnier
cast Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Felix Armand, Simon-Pierre Boireau
producer Charles Gillibert, Nathanaël Karmitz
production MK2 Productions
sales MK2
language French, English, Italian
colouration colour