The Inner Scar (1971)
- Directed by Philippe Garrel
- English, French, German
Viewer advice: Contains mature themes and nudity
Iconoclast French director Philippe Garrel stars alongside German singer Nico in this hauntingly poetic film often described as a “collage of dreams”. Released in 1971, The Inner Scar uses Iceland’s frosty meadows and the expansive deserts of Sinai and the Death Valley as cinematic stand-ins for the intractable landscapes of the mind. Colliding mystical with mythological, brimming with surreal imagery, and sonically brought to life with five songs written and performed by Nico herself, this is avant-garde filmmaking at its finest.
“A total masterpiece … All of a sudden, the whole of humanity, the whole planet is speaking.” – Henri Langlois, Cahiers du Cinéma
Includes an introduction by Adrian Martin.
Register for the live seminar presented by the University of Melbourne, to be held on Monday 15 November.