French New Wave Film Series with Diego Ongaro: “Breathless” (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)

Date: 11/03/2022
Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Please join us for a screening of Breathless, on Thursday, November 3  at 7:00 p.m. at the Library. The film will be introduced by French writer/director/editor Diego Ongaro. Probably the most emblematic film of the French New Wave, Breathless stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. The enfant terrible Jean-Luc Godard breaks free of the rules of cinema and follows the wanderings of a petty thug and a young American woman in Paris. 

A resident of Norfolk, Diego Ongaro directed more than one hundred children’s programs for French Television in his early 20’s, then wrote and directed four acclaimed short films: Me My Bag and my Ball, Return to Labradoria, Rice and Meat, and Bob and the Trees (the short that inspired the feature bearing the same name). Bob and the Trees, Ongaro’s first feature film, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, won the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic, and was screened in more than 20 international festivals throughout the world. He was short-listed for the Someone to Watch Award at the 2016 and 2022 Independent Spirit Awards for both feature films.

Ongaro’s second film, Down With the King, premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (ACID section). It won the Grand Prix at the Deauville American Film Festival in France and was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide for distribution.