L'invitation / The Invitation (1973), Bon vent Claude Goretta (2011) 2 x DVD9
In this double DVD, the Swiss Film and Radio Television Suisse pays tribute to director Claude Goretta Geneva, whose work has marked both the small and big screen. The invitation, Grand Prize at Cannes in 1973, long remained inaccessible DVD is presented here in a fully restored version. This masterpiece is accompanied by Bon vent, Claude Goretta (2011), inspired by the portrait that has devoted her "admirer" Lionel Baier. Six unreleased bonus finally recall the talent of Claude Goretta documentary on television. From black and white to color, from documentary to fiction, from television to cinema, this double DVD gives a fascinating glimpse of a half-century of creation.


DVD1 - L'invitation (1973)

Remy Placet is a humble office employee who has worked for the same insurance company for the past twenty years. When his mother dies, he is given two months’ compassionate leave, during which time he sells his city centre house in Geneva and acquires a much larger property, with ample gardens, in the countryside just outside the city. Pining in solitude, he invites all of his colleagues, including his boss, to his house for a summer garden party. Under the influence of alcohol, liberally poured by a hired manservant named Emile, the guests soon dispense with office formality and begin to reveal their true natures...

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:35:34 | 6.49 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English, Deutsch
Genre: Comedy

Director: Claude Goretta
Cast: Jean-Luc Bideau, Francois Simon, Jean Champion, Corinne Coderey, Michel Robin, Cecile Vassort, Rosine Rochette
Country: Switzerland, France

Extras:
- "Un Employe de Banque" (1968) Claude Goretta 40 mins

DVD2 - Bon vent Claude Goretta (2011)

Claude Goretta made L’invitation in 1973. For filmmaker Lionel Baier, born in 1975, it is like a «travelling companion», to adapt Serge Daney’s expression. He feels it is definitive proof that a Swiss can be deeply Chekhovian. The young filmmaker goes to Geneva to ask his elder how he achieved the whoosh of water effect in the film, why attention to detail matters so much, and how to film great actors such as Francois Simon. This encounter with Claude Goretta, Isabelle Huppert, Nathalie Baye, Michel Robin and Frederique Meininger leads one of the greatest of Swiss filmmakers to open up about his work.

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 00:58:30 | 7.04 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Italiano
Genre: Documentary

Director: Lionel Baier
Cast: Claude Goretta, Isabelle Huppert, Nathalie Baye, Adrien Barazzone, Michel Robin, Elodie Weber, Cedric Leproust, Frederique Meininger, Lionel Baier
Country: Switzerland

Extras:
5 early short docus by Goretta (1963 to 1967):
- Micheline, 6 enfants, allee des Jonquilles
- Maison-Blanche, ville noire
- La ville qui parle aux morts
- Les derniers princes
- Pour vivre ici

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