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Review: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Something In The Air’ A Gorgeous Autobiography Marred By Underdeveloped Characters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2013 8:01 AM
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He’s been something of a critical favorite for a while now, but after making the hugely acclaimed “Summer Hours” and the TV miniseries/theatrical marathon “Carlos” within a few years of each other, French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has firmly cemented himself as one of the more exciting directors in world cinema. And to celebrate the success, Assayas has decided to look back, returning to the autobiographical milieu of his international breakout “Cold Water.” But while that film, a teen romance set in the early 1970s, was a rather intimate, small-scale film, Assayas has come up with something much grander with “Something In The Air” (or “Apres Mai”).

Exclusive: Love Blooms At The Movies In Clip From Olivier Assayas' 'Something In The Air'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2013 10:21 AM
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Youth, political upheaval, revolt, idealism...it's a heady mix when you're at a certain age, and no doubt those passions -- for the world, for life itself -- can stir up desire. It's that potent blend that Olivier Assayas attempts to capture with his latest effort "Something In The Air."

Chloe Moretz Joins Olivier Assayas' Meta 'Sils Maria' With Juliette Binoche & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2013 4:21 PM
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Yeah, yeah we know. IFC Films just picked up Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria," even though it hasn't shot a single frame, but perhaps they saw this casting coming and realized this is something they wanted to get their hands on.

IFC Films Snaps Up Oliver Assayas' ‘Sils Maria’ with Juliette Binoche & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • April 23, 2013 2:46 PM
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In a confident gesture, IFC has picked up the distribution rights to the as-yet-unproduced “Sils Maria” (aka "Since Maria") the Switzerland-set project from French auteur Oliver Assayas to star Juliette Binoche and Mia Wasikowska. IFC acted as a distributor on Assayas’ “Summer Hours,” and will bring his latest “Something in the Air” to theaters this year. It appears that they have as much hope for this forthcoming contemplative tale as we do, particularly given the pedigree of his cast.

Mia Wasikowska Joins Juliette Binoche In Olivier Assayas' 'Sils Maria'

  • By India Ross
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  • March 25, 2013 10:41 AM
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That Mia Wasikowska is everywhere. The elfin darling of the indie elite (who has been known to slum it for the odd blockbuster, like breakthrough "Alice in Wonderland"), she has sustained the critical momentum of the pajama-clad daughter in “The Kids Are All Right” to dominate the Sundance acting conversation with “Stoker." This summer, according to Ion Cinema, she will be trekking into “Sound of Music” country to film an Alpine meditation with Euro-stalwart Juliette Binoche.

Göteborg Interview: 'Something In The Air' Director Olivier Assayas On Rebellion, Memory & Godard Vs. Truffaut

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 6, 2013 4:05 PM
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With “Something in the Air,” French director Olivier Assayas (“Carlos,” “Summer Hours,” “Irma Vep,” “Cold Water”) turned in his most autobiographical work to date. A coming-of-age tale set against a backdrop of radical student politics, sex and drugs in 1970s France, we reviewed the film out of Venice  and then caught up with the director at NYFF to talk about it. All of which meant when we recently got to meet him again, at the Göteborg International Film Festival, we could afford the luxury of letting the conversation range off-topic from the revolutionary politics of the film’s era to the idea of storytelling in film as an act of rebellion, to the problems in film criticism (Assayas himself wrote for Cahiers du Cinema) and even briefly to the Beatles vs the Stones.

NYFF Interview: Olivier Assayas Talks Music, The Occupy Movement & The Movies That Inspired 'Something In The Air'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 11, 2012 3:04 PM
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Sex, drugs, riots, and rock 'n' roll are just a few of the cultural elements within Olivier Assayas’ latest film, “Something in the Air.” Following high-school revolutionary Gilles (Clément Métayer) and his various friends, the filmmaker tracks burgeoning French political awakening and a coming-of-age story with a keen eye, basing much of the plot on his own life in the 1970s. Gilles wavers between radical commitment and more personal, artistic aspirations while also grappling with love and loss. We caught the movie at the Venice Film Festival and dug it, complementing the movie on its substance and sharp look.

Exclusive: Olivier Assayas To Reteam With Juliette Binoche For 'Since Maria'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 8, 2012 12:38 PM
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Unspooling his semi-autobiographical, revolutionary coming-of-age tale "Something In The Air" at the New York Film Festival this month (you can read our review here), French filmmaker Olivier Assayas isn't letting the press rounds sap all of his energy. While he hadn't officially announced his next project, the former Cahiers du cinéma critic told The Playlist in an exclusive interview that he plans to reteam with Juliette Binoche for the tentatively titled "Since Maria" which he's expected to shoot next spring.

Venice Review: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Something In The Air’ A Gorgeous Autobiography Marred By Underdeveloped Characters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 3, 2012 11:33 AM
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He’s been something of a critical favorite for a while now, but after making the hugely acclaimed “Summer Hours” and the acclaimed TV miniseries/theatrical marathon “Carlos” within a few years of each other, French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has firmly cemented himself as one of the more exciting directors in world cinema, after 25 years as a director.

First Look At Olivier Assayas' Coming-Of-Age Drama 'Something In The Air'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 2, 2012 9:41 AM
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Following two highly acclaimed films, "Carlos" and "Summer Hours," excitement is high for French auteur Olivier Assayas' next directorial effort, "Something In The Air," a politically-charged, loosely autobiographical coming-of-age drama that follows an 18-year-old man reacting to the social change of the late '60s in Europe.

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