Jacques Rivette’s rarely seen ‘LE PONT DU NORD’ will be released as part of Eureka Entertainment’s MASTERS OF CINEMA Series on Blu-ray and DVD on 29 July 2013

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Eureka Entertainment have announced that they will be releasing the first-ever Blu-ray and DVD editions in the world of LE PONT DU NORD, from the great French New Wave director Jacques Rivette, the creator of such sprawling and legendary works as Out 1Céline and Julie Go BoatingLa Belle noiseuse, and Va savoir. A rarely seen, and long-requested key film by one of the world’s greatest filmmakers, the film stars Rivette’s staple actress Bulle Ogier and her then-21-year-old daughter, Pascale Ogier.

Released as part of the Masters of Cinema Series, these editions will Include a lengthy booklet containing new and vintage writing by Arthur Mas, Andy Rector, Serge Daney, and Caroline Champetier; writing from the original press-book by Jacques Rivette, and Jean Narboni; rare archival imagery; and more.

The culmination of New Wave master Jacques Rivette’s legendary middle period (which ranged from L’Amour fou through Out 1, Céline and Julie Go Boating, Duelle, Noroît, and Merry-Go-Round), Le Pont du Nord envisions Paris as a sprawling game-board marked off with tucked-away conspiracies, where imagination and paranoia intermingle; where the hinted-at stakes are sanity, life, and death.

Regular Rivette actress Bulle Ogier stars as Marie, a claustrophobic ex-con who, shortly after wandering into Paris, encounters the wild and potentially troubled young woman Baptiste (Pascale Ogier, Bulle’s actual 22-year-old daughter). Baptiste, a knife-wielding, self-proclaimed kung-fu expert with a drive to slash the eyes from faces in adverts (including, in one instance, those on a placard for Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha), accompanies Marie on her quest to solve the mystery behind the contents of her former lover’s (Pierre Clémenti’s) suitcase: an amalgam of clippings, patterns, and maps of Paris that points to a vastly unsettling labyrinth replete with signs and intimations whose menacing endgame remains all too unclear.

Gorgeously shot by the master cinematographer William Lubtchansky, Le Pont du Nord is a freewheeling, powerful experience whose hypnotic rhythm and ominous undercurrents resolve into a frightening and exhilarating portrait of post-revolutionary, early- ’80s Paris – and in turn form a prime example of Rivette’s uncanny, occult cinema. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Jacques Rivette’s rare and essential feature Le Pont du Nord on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time anywhere in the world.

“It seems more obvious than ever how much Rivette has influenced a subsequent generation of filmmakers -Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry – and expanded our sense of the possible.” – Village Voice

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Gorgeous new 1080p presentation (on the Blu-ray) of the film in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio

Optional English subtitles

A lengthy booklet with writing about the film by Arthur Mas, Andy Rector, Serge Daney, and Caroline Champetier; writing from the original press-book by Jacques Rivette, and Jean Narboni; rare archival imagery; and more

More details to be announced soon!

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LE PONT DU NORD, the rarely seen, and long-requested key film by one of the world’s greatest filmmakers Jacques Rivette, will be released as part of Eureka Entertainment’s Masters of Cinema Series on Blu-ray and DVD on 29 July 2013.

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Release Date: 29 July, 2013

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