This year the ICO re-releases one of the most breath-taking and emotional works of French cinema. Jacques Rivette’s exquisite 1966 drama The Nun appears now in a glorious new 4K digital restoration, ready for cinema audiences to revisit or discover for the first time in 2018.
Nouvelle Vague icon Anna Karina is Suzanne, a young woman forced against her will to take vows as a nun, in a film that was highly controversial at the time of its initial release in France due to its portrayal of life within the church.
Based on the book of the same name by Denis Diderot and following on from an earlier stage adaptation produced by Jean-Luc Godard which also starred Karina to great acclaim, The Nun was a work that took Rivette many years to realise. This is a great opportunity for new audiences to engage with an iconic but lesser-known work of the 20th century.
Directed by: Corin Hardy
Produced by: Peter Safran, James Wan
Screenplay by: Gary Dauberman
Story by: James Wan, Gary Dauberman
Starring: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet
Music by: Abel Korzeniowski
Cinematography: Maxime Alexandre
Edited by: Michel Aller, Ken Blackwell
Length: Original (140 mins), Re-release (96 mins)
Certificate: Original (12A) Re-release (15)
Date: Original date 1966, re-release July 2018
“Queen of the new wave returns […] part melodrama, part erotic memoir” ★★★★
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian review