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CARLOS – The Trilogy (Parts 1 & 2)

Director: OLIVIER ASSAYAS

165 minutes (the movie)/330 minutes (the trilogy)| France 2010| Subtitled| Colour| D-Cinema.


After the elegant bourgeois drama of Summer Hours, ever-enterprising Olivier Assayas switches to the world of political terrorism with this epic portrait of the legendary Carlos the Jackal. Venezuelan-born radical Ilich Ramirez Sanchez cut a swathe of assassinations and hijackings across the febrile early ’70s, collaborating with both the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary cells, and carrying off the notorious mass kidnapping of oil ministers from an OPEC conference in 1975 Vienna. The IFI will be showing both the 165-minute theatrical cut and the three-part longer version. Both are riveting experiences that unfold in you-are-there widescreen intensity as they chronicle the rise and fall of an individual whose combination of egotism and ideological fervour fatally intersected with a particular historical moment. Edgar Ramirez, Venezuelan himself, cuts an appropriate swagger in the central role, and even outdoes De Niro’s Jake LaMotta by bulking out for Carlos’s later years of paranoia and isolation. A must-see. (Notes by Trevor Johnston).

Most screenings of Carlos will be the movie version. The trilogy will be split between two screenings from October 23rd to 25th. See calendar for times.

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