Olivier Assayas’ early films Disorder and Winter’s Child will be released for the first time in the UK as Arrow Academy presents new 2K restorations overseen by Assayas himself.
Arrow Academy presents 2K restorations of Olivier Assayas’ Disorder and Winter’s Child on Blu-ray October 8. Supervised by the filmmaker himself, fans of Assayas and his better known works such as Irma Vep, Carlos, Summer Hours, Clouds of Sils Maria and more recently the fascinating Personal Shopper get the chance to see Disorder and Winter’s Child possibly for the first time.
Olivier Assayas actually started as a film critic and screenwriter before stepping behind the camera to make his debut as director in 1986. Disorder sees a post-punk band suffer the consequences of a fatal music store robbery affecting their careers and long-term friendships as they try to make their big break in London.
Assayas unveiled Winter’s Child two years later; a tragedy following the exploits of two couples. Natalia is pregnant by Stephane but he leaves her. He pursues set designer Sabine but she is conflicted by her attachment to Bruno, an actor who she enjoyed a brief fling with.
Released two years later, Winter’s Child presents a four-person, two-couple tragedy of passion. Natalia is pregnant, but the child’s father, Stéphane, doesn’t want to know and abandons her. He meets Sabine, a set designer, and falls in love – but she is struggling with her attachment to Bruno, an actor with whom she had a brief fling.
The two dramas are striking in how they provide an intriguing glimpse into what would become of Assayas, displaying his bold vision and execution in works of raw skill. He’s a gifted storyteller, a talented actor’s director.
The Blu-ray set includes interviews with the director and his actors; newly commissioned artwork (plus original artwork for traditionalists); and (for first pressings) an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new articles on Assayas by critics.
The Early Films of Olivier Assayas will be released on October 8, 2018.