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Directed by | Jean Luc Godard

Genre fiction  |  Length: 80mins  |  Year of production: 2004

Part poetry, part journalism, part philosophy, JeanLuc Godard’s Notre Musique is a timeless meditation on war as seen through the prisms of cinema, text and image. Largely set at a literary conference in Sarajevo, the film draws on the conflagration of the Bosnian war, but also draws on the Israel Palestine conflict, the brutal treatment of Native Americans, and the legacy of the Nazis. Notre Musique is structured via three Dantean Kingdoms: “Hell,” “Purgatory” and “Heaven.” In the film, reallife literary figures (including Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo) intermingle with actors and documentary meshes with fiction. Through evocative language and images, Godard explores a series of conflicting forces: death life dark light real imaginary vanquished victor shot reverse shot. These opposing movements make up “our music.”

Winner – FRIPESCI Film of the Year Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2004
Winner – Best Film Swiss Film Prize, 2005