Two in the Wave

Deux de la Vague
Director: Emmanuel Laurent

France, documentary, 91 min., 2009, lithuanian subtitles
“Two in the Wave” is the story of a friendship. Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930; François Truffaut two years later. A love of movies brings them together. They write in the same magazines, “Cahiers du Cinema” and “Arts”. When the younger of the two becomes a filmmaker with “The 400 Blows”, which triumphs in Cannes in 1959, he helps his older friend shift to directing, offering him a screenplay which already has a title “Breathless” (A bout de souffle). Through the 1960s, the two loyally support each other. History and politics separate them in 1968, when Godard plunges into radical politics but Truffaut continues his career as before. Between the two of them, the actor Jean-Pierre Léaud is torn like a child caught between two separated and warring parents. Their friendship and their break-up embody the story of French cinema.

About the director:
Writer and filmmaker, Emmanuel Laurent taught himself filmmaking by sitting in the front row of the “Cinémathèque”, and by editing. In 1984, he founded the independent production company “Films à Trois” which he directs with Martin de la Fouchardière. He directed “The Quest for the Unicorn” (2009) and “Leonardo’s Last Journey” (2010) with Sally Blake. He has written and directed “The Tramp” (from Guy de Maupassant), a three-part musical comedy “The Belly’s Opera”, and more than twenty feature-length and short documentaries, including “North Chad” (with Lionel Cousin), “One Million Birds at Sahara’s Gate”, “Portrait of Gustave Caillebotte”, “The Evolution of Ernst Mayr”, “The Kennewick Man”. He is now working on “Mademoiselle V. Diary of a Heedless Girl”, which is based on his first novel.

Section: All the muses

Screenplay: Antoine De Baecque

Dir. of Photography: Etienne de Grammont, Nick de Pencier

Cast: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Anouk Aimée, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Charles Aznavour, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Claude Braily, Claude Chabrol, Jean Cocteau, Yves Montand