Panic and Violence: Olivier Assayas’ Paris
How the director’s darkest experience impacted his work
Assayas' most intimate movie, Something in the Air depicts the aftermath of France’s explosive civil unrest demonstrations that took place in May ‘68. A young idealist and activist (Clément Métayer) attempts to find his own voice amidst a landscape of heedless, hard-partying bourgeois and humourless hard-line ideologues. During his visit to TIFF for the Something in the Air: The Cinema of Olivier Assayas series (playing until August 20), the director discussed how his own experience with police confrontation helped to shape his most autobiographical movie and the process of transforming personal memories into a film.