Facing Marvel’s summer blockbuster kick-off Iron Man 3 is no easy task, but we’d be lying if we didn’t admit we’re a great deal more excited for the latest Olivier Assayas film arriving in limited release than flying around with Tony Stark. Following a festival run last year, IFC Films will be releasing his examination of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and revolution, Something in the Air, in early May and we’ve got the first domestic trailer.
On the heels of his 330-minute masterpiece biopic Carlos, this project sees Assayas in the early ’70s, focusing on a group of kids who join in political protests and social revolt in Europe. One can read our review of the film from TIFF and see the excellent trailer below for the coming-of-age film starring Clément Métayer, Lola Créton (star of Goodbye First Love) and Félix Armand, and read our interview with the director from NYFF here.
Returning to feature filmmaking after his brilliant 2010 mini-series ‘Carlos,’ in Olivier Assayas’ ‘Something in the Air’ it is 1971 and Gilles (newcomer Clément Metayer) is a graduating high school student in Paris deeply involved in the counterculture of the time. As Gilles begins to realize that his interests lie more in the revolutions in art and music, he finds himself pulled into ever more dangerous political protests by the people around him, especially his radicalized girlfriend, Christine (Lola Créton). After a vandalism attack against their school goes terribly wrong, Gilles and his friends flee to Italy, where they spend a bohemian summer in the countryside drifting between parties, rallies and agitprop film screenings. Amidst this whirlwind of politics, art and sex, the group discovers that at their age every day holds new possibilities, and life awaits the curious.
Something in the Air opens on May 3rd.
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