The Jetty

La jetée
Director: Chris Marker

France, Experimental film,science fiction, 1962, 28 min., french with lithuanian subtitles, V

The world is in ruins in the aftermath of the Third World War. A team of scientists realise that the only way to save humanity from extinction is time travel. They want to send someone into the past or the future to ask for help. After a number of failed experiments, the scientists find one man, whose strong recollection of a childhood experience at Orly Airport in Paris makes him the ideal subject. Chris Marker‘s “The Jetty” is a cult french sci-fi film, which was the inspiration for Terry Gilliam‘s “Twelve Monkeys” (1995). It is a remarkable and unique experimental short that consists solely of still frames, narration, music and sound effects as it relates an apocalyptic tale of memory and time.


1963 – Jean Vigo Award (France) for Best Short Film.

About the director:

Chris Marker (Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve, 1921–2012) was a writer, photographer, documentary film director, multimedia artist and film essayist, known for his cinematic essays and audio visual works. He studied philosophy in France and shortly after the Second World War, Ch. Marker began his career as a journalist, writer and photographer. In the early 1950's he turned to documentary filmmaking. In 1952 Marker made his first film, “Olympia 52”. In 1953 he collaborated with Alain Resnais on the documentary Statues Also Die (Les statues meurent aussi). Chris Marker became known internationally for the short film The Jetty (La jetée) in 1962. During fifty years of filmmaking Chris Marker has directed and co-directed about 70 films, the most notable of which are: “Description of a Combat” (Description d'un combat, 1960; won Golden Bear for Best Documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany), “The Beautiful May” (Le joli mai, 1963), “Without Sun” (Sans Soleil, 1983), “One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich” (Une journée d'Andrei Arsenevitch, 1999). Considered one of the most innovative, creative and influential filmmakers of the 20th century, Chris Marker died on July 29, 2012.

Section: Special Screenings: Tribute to Chris Marker

Screenplay: Chris Marker

Dir. of Photography: Chris Marker

Music: Trevor Duncan

Cast: Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux