Au Hasard Balthasar

Robert Bresson, 95 mins, France, 1966, 35mm, B&W, French. Courtesy: L'Institut Français.

Au Hasard Balthasar
Au Hasard Balthasar

Bresson's blunt and compassionate chronicle of the birth, life and death of a donkey is a Christian parable that never eschews its gaze on an apparently godless world that is hard on little things. In the final, beautiful but deathly moments, this beast of burden finally achieves transcendence.

One of the director's greatest and most austerely moving works, with Anne Wiazemsky and wonderfully precise and haunting cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet.

Special Jury Prize at the 1966 Venice Film Festival.


Wed 11 Apr 2012, 8.50pm

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