Anne Wiazemsky in Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Anne Wiazemsky in Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Au Hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson | France, Sweden | 1966 | PG

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Wed 8 Mar 2023

Bresson’s blunt and compassionate chronicle of the birth, life and death of a donkey is a Christian parable that never flinches in its gaze on an apparently godless world that is hard on little things. In the final beautiful but deathly moments, this beast of burden achieves transcendence. Recently reworked by Jerzy Skolimowski as EO, this is one of Bresson’s greatest and most austerely moving works. Centring on a fine performance by Anne Wiazemsky, it features wonderfully precise and haunting cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1966 Venice Film Festival.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Tamasa
Runtime: 95 mins

Event duration

95 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Although Robert Bresson (1901–1999) made only 13 features over 40 years, there is perhaps no other body of work in cinema history more marked by a director’s personality, sensibility or style.

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