After May (image 1)

“Deeply absorbing... This is a beautifully crafted work and an acute evocation of its period both in look and attitude.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

Screened as part of Autumn Events 2013

After May 2012

Something in the Air

Directed by Olivier Assayas

After May (aka Something in the Air) is filmmaker Olivier Assayas’s (Summer Hours, Carlos) lyrical and reflective memoir of his own youthful wavering in the aftermath of the student-led protests that convulsed France in May 1968.

France In English, French and Italian with English subtitles
112 minutes

Director

Screenplay

Olivier Assayas

Producers

Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert

Photography

Éric Gautier

Editors

Luc Barnier, Mathilde Van De Moortel

With

Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Félix Armand, Carole Combes, India Salvour Menuez, Hugo Conzelmann, Mathias Renou, Léa Rougeron, Martin Loizillon

Festivals

Awards

Best Screenplay, Venice Film Festival 2012

After May (aka Something in the Air) is filmmaker Olivier Assayas’s (Summer Hours, Carlos) lyrical and reflective memoir of his own youthful wavering in the aftermath of the student-led protests that convulsed France in May 1968. Love and desire, the search for meaningful work and the fragmentation of radical politics pull him and his circle this way and that, while a less idealistic era of indiess idealistic era of inviduaka of inviduakl self-realisation edges into place. politics pull him and his circle this way and vidual self-realisation edges into place.

“Olivier Assayas’s After May is a swooning and swirling but always level-headed study of the lives of a small group of suburban Parisian teenagers in the years soon after 1968. An ensemble drama with a pleasingly light touch, it looks back with warmth and candour at the lives of these young people as they confront their beliefs, their loves and their ambitions head-on. So it’s a coming-of-age story for all time in one sense, but the special ideas and idealism of the early 1970s mean that these characters’ horizons are forever expanding and their choices seemingly infinite… It’s a captivating and fresh snapshot of a well-documented time.” — Dave Calhoun, Time Out London