Notre Musique

Our Music
Director Jean-Luc Godard is among the speakers at a 2004 European book fair in Sarajevo, alongside literary luminaries such as Spaniard Juan Goytisolo, and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Two women question the guests about the Balkan War, the traces of which are still visible in Sarajevo, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the genocide of Native Americans and European Jews. While Judith Lerner, a journalist from Tel-Aviv, wants to shed light on the shadow side of history, Olga Brodsky, a Russian Jew, is consumed with dark thoughts of suicide and plans for action … Jean-Luc Godard has constructed his film, analogous to Dante’s Divine Comedy, in three parts – inferno, purgatorio, and paradiso. According to the rules of his dialectic of shot/reverse shot, he squares off disturbing montages of fictional and documentary war images with film theory doctrine and philosophical aphorisms. Notre Musique uses this visual stream of consciousness to question notions of responsibility and guilt.
by Jean-Luc Godard
with Sarah Adler, Nade Dieu, Rony Kramer, Georges Aguilar, Leticia Gutiérrez, Ferlyn Brass, Simon Eine, Jean-Christophe Bouvet, Aline Schulmann
Switzerland / France 2004 French 80’ Colour, 4K DCP World premiere 2022 digitally restored version

With

  • Sarah Adler
  • Nade Dieu
  • Rony Kramer
  • Georges Aguilar
  • Leticia Gutiérrez
  • Ferlyn Brass
  • Simon Eine
  • Jean-Christophe Bouvet
  • Aline Schulmann

Crew

DirectorJean-Luc Godard
Written byJean-Luc Godard
CinematographyJulien Hirsch
EditingJean-Luc Godard
SoundFrançois Musy, Gabriel Hafner, Pierre André
Production DesignAnne-Marie Miéville
ProducerRuth Waldburger, Alain Sarde

Produced by

Vega Film

Avventura Films

Peripheria

France 3 Cinéma

Canal Plus

Télévision Suisse Romande

World Sales

Vega Distribution AG

Additional information

DCP: Vega Film, Zürich

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard, born in 1930 in Paris. He was a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma before making his own mark on France’s New Wave cinema with À bout de souffle (1960) and Le Mépris (1963), thrusting him into the ranks of Europe’s star directors. After time utilising his filmmaking skills for political ends, he returned to cinema in 1980 with Sauve qui peut (la vie). He moved to Switzerland and made the documentary series Histoire(s) du cinéma (1998). He has since made numerous essay films that deal with historical, philosophical and topical political subjects.

Filmography (selection)

1962 Vivre sa vie 1965 Masculin – féminin 1967 Weekend 1968 One plus One (Sympathy for the Devil) 1982 Passion 1983 Prénom Carmen 1990 Nouvelle Vague 1991 Allemagne année 90 neuf zéro 2010 Film Socialisme 2018 Le Livre d’image

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022