Featuring the North American premiere of the restoration in 35mm
With special guests Philip Kaufman and Paul Zaentz.
35mm, Color, 171 minutes
Courtesy of the Saul Zaentz Company.
In translating Milan Kundera’s supposedly “unfilmable” novel to the big screen, writer-director Philip Kaufman and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière chose to focus on the trio of main characters – a womanizing surgeon, an earnest young waitress and a cynical artist – as they navigate the political and social upheavals of life in Europe in the late 1960s. Encompassing such turbulent events as the Prague Spring and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is also a highly charged examination of sexuality, fidelity, creativity and personal growth. Kaufman and Carrière received an Academy Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay for their work, and Sven Nykvist’s luminous cinematography was also recognized with an Oscar nomination.
Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Directed by Philip Kaufman. Produced by Saul Zaentz. Screenplay Jean-Claude Carrière, Kaufman. Based on the novel by Milan Kundera.
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek De Lint, Erland Josephson, Pavel Landovsky, Donald Moffat, Daniel Olbrychski, Stellan Skarsgård.