The Bauhaus School by Walter Gropius, built 1925-1926. (Image provided by Palace Films)
Mark down in your diaries the 5 April when Palace Films is releasing the new movie by writer and director Mia Hansen-Løve, called Goodbye First Love (Un amour de jeunesse).
The third in a semi-autobiographical series of films, this Franco-German production is centred around the story of Camille (played by Lola Créton) and explores the complexity of love, loss and the effects of the passage of time.
Broken up into stages, the film begins in the season of love, Spring of 1999. Camille is at the tender age of 15 and falls head-over heels in love and lust with Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), a brooding young man, four years her senior. Too young to be jaded or even realistic about love, Camille takes her first relationship extremely seriously. However, Sullivan has plans to travel in South America for a year and in the autumn, he leaves her. Devastated by her heartbreak we briefly visit Camille as she suffers a breakdown in the following year.
Four years pass and Camille is now a student of architecture, living on her own. On an architecture trip to Denmark, she slowly falls for her eloquent Danish professor, Lorenz (Magne-Håvard Brekke). In many ways he offers her what Sullivan couldn't, stability and a future. But theirs is a rapport constructed on reason more than unbridled passion, and when Sullivan reappears a few years later, Camille finds herself caught between the two loves.
For the romantics among us, this film offers a chance to re-experience the nostalgia of heady first love and it's bittersweet resulting heartbreak. For the architectural geeks among us (yes, that would be me!), you'll be happy to know that a good deal of the film is focused on the female character's immersion into the medium of architecture. There is an extended sequence of the film devoted to her class trip from Berlin through to Denmark. Filming takes place at buildings by some of the architectural greats such as Mies Van der Rohe's Lemke House and the Neue Gallery, then on to Walter Gropius' Bauhaus Architectural School and the Masters' Houses in Dessau.
The Masters' Houses by Walter Gropius, built 1925-1926. (Image provided by Palace Films)
In celebration of the cinema release of Goodbye First Love, Palace Films is offering to Australian Architecture Association's individual and corporate members (and their staff), ten free double passes to the film. The passes will be valid in all capital cities, excluding Perth and Darwin (sorry guys!).
The first ten members or corporate members (and their employees) to reply to Palace Films will win the passes.
Find out session times for the Goodbye First Love and other films released by Palace Films on their website.
Article by Vanessa Couzens