Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin: Venice Film Festival
Veteran Jacques Rivette, whose film career began with the short Aux quatre coins in 1949, was in attendance at the premiere of Around a Small Mountain / 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. (Click on the image above to enlarge it.) Also present were the film's two stars: Jane Birkin, who plays a traveling circus performer in the film, and Sergio Castellitto, who plays the stranger who becomes fascinated by Birkin's character.
Jacques Rivette movies
Jacques Rivette has directed a total of 32 movies, including both features and shorts. Besides Around a Small Mountain, other titles include:
- Celine and Julie Go Boating / Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris (1974).
Cast: Juliet Berto. Dominique Labourier. Bulle Ogier. Marie-France Pisier. Barbet Schroeder.
- La Belle Noiseuse (1991).
Cast: Michel Piccoli. Jane Birkin. Emmanuelle Béart. Marianne Denicourt.
- The Duchess of Langeais / Ne touchez pas la hache (2007).
Cast: Jeanne Balibar. Guillaume Depardieu. Bulle Ogier. Michel Piccoli. Anne Cantineau. Marc Barbé. Barbet Schroeder.
Jane Birkin movies
Beginning with an uncredited bit in Richard Lester's Palme d'Or winner The Knack… and How to Get It (1965), Jane Birkin has been featured in nearly 70 films. Besides Around a Small Mountain and La Belle Noiseuse, titles include:
- La Piscine (1968).
Cast: Alain Delon. Romy Schneider. Maurice Ronet. Paul Crauchet.
- Je t'aime moi non plus (1976).
Dir.: Serge Gainsbourg.
Cast: Joe Dallesandro. Hugues Quester. Reinhard Kolldehoff (as René Kolldehoff). Gérard Depardieu. Jimmy Davis.
- Death on the Nile (1978).
Dir.: John Guillermin.
Cast: Peter Ustinov. Mia Farrow. Simon MacCorkindale. Bette Davis. Maggie Smith. Angela Lansbury. David Niven. Michael York. Olivia Hussey. Lois Chiles. Jon Finch. I.S. Johar. Jack Warden. Harry Andrews. Sam Wanamaker. Uncredited: Celia Imrie.
- Daddy Nostalgia / Daddy Nostalgie (1990).
Dir.: Bertrand Tavernier.
Cast: Dirk Bogarde. Odette Laure. Emmanuelle Bataille. Narrator: Bertrand Tavernier.
More Venice Film Festival images
Pictured further below are actors Kalki Koechlin, Mahie Gill, and Abhay Deol at the photocall of Anurag Kashyap's Dev D, a romantic comedy-drama based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic Bengali novel Devdas. In the film, a spoiled, rich young man (Abhay Deol) is torn between his feelings for his childhood sweetheart (Mahie Gill) – who has gotten married to somebody else – and a half-European sex worker (Kalki Koechlin) in charge of her own life.
Also below are photos of The Informant actor Matt Damon and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh; Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara at a photocall for the contemplative Between Two Worlds, in which a mysterious man falls from the sky; and model/actress Elisa Sednaoui (Grégoire Colin's short Fox Bay).
Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, Jacques Rivette, Steven Soderbergh, and Matt Damon photos: Courtesy Venice Film Festival.
Kalki Koechlin, Mahie Gill, Abhay Deol photos: François Durand / 2009 Getty Images. Courtesy: Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Elisa Sednaoui photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto / 2009 WireImage.
Venice Film Festival website.