Master class will be held prior to the screening of the film „Half a life“ at 6:15 pm and the session will be hosted by Jakub Felcman. The entry is free and English simultanious translation into hadphones will be provided.
Romain Goupil was born in 1951. In 1968, as a 16-year-old secondary school student, he was one of the most active participants in the student revolt in Paris, during which he met then student leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit. From 1969 he began putting his energies into filmmaking, first as an assistant cameraman and later as an assistant director, working with the likes of Chantal Akerman, Roman Polanski and Jean Luc Godard. He documented the events of 1968 in his film Half a Life, which came out in 1982 and earned numerous prizes at film festivals, including a Caméra d'Or at Cannes, and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film. Goupil later directed numerous documentaries and fiction films, always focusing on important themes, such as the extreme right, the war in Sarajevo and illegal migration… His most recent film, La Traversée, will receive its premiere at the upcoming edition of the Cannes IFF, where a restored version of Half a Life will also be screened.
Romain Goupil visits Prague as part of the project “The year 1968 in France, Germany and Czechoslovakia: A common story?” organised by the French Institute and the Goethe Institute.