ONE SCREENING ONLY! ► Long a pet Bresson project (he had been trying for two decades to bring it to the screen), Lancelot du Lac presents a masterful, magnificent, anti-heroic portrait of Camelot and the Age of Chivalry in decline. In Bresson’s stark, startling vision, the heroes of Arthurian legend must face the failure of their impossible quest for the Holy Grail, while Lancelot and Guinevere prove unable to conquer human weakness with the power of love. These dispirited Knights of the Round Table clank nosily about in clumsy armour, reduced to infighting and petty jealousies, re-enacting rituals now debased to mere bloodletting and crude violence. “This is the Arthurian legend stripped bare, spotlighting the characters’ cruelty, pride, and the aching need for human affection ... It’s stunningly beautiful, mesmerising, exhausting, uplifting, amazing — all the things you could possible expect from a masterpiece” (Geoff Brown, Time Out). “A uniquely original and hypnotic study of the loss of spirituality, caught in distinctive images that are at once stark and sensuous, with arrestingly realistic sounds to accompany them” (Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide). “A masterpiece on every level ... There have never been so many arresting images in a Bresson film" (Richard Roud). Colour, 35mm, in French with English subtitles. 85 mins.
"The fact that he cares about the way situations look and feel, its textures and emotional tones ... is exceedingly important—and exceedingly cool."Slant | full review
"It's stunningly beautiful, mesmerising, exhausting, uplifting, amazing - all the things you could possibly expect from a masterpiece."Time Out | full review
"It belongs with Pickpocket and Au hasard Balthazar at the highest level of Bresson's achievement."Chicago Reader | full review