Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (2019)
Director: Frank Beauvais Run Time: 75 min. Rating: NR Language: French
Presented in the Virtual Screening Room in partnership with KimStim.
“It might sound alienating to some to spend a film trapped in the thoughts of a cranky, gay, theory-influenced Frenchman, but Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream is a gift to cinephiles, all at once embodying, criticizing, and transcending an unhealthy mode of passive interaction with life”
– Joe Blessing, Playlist
About the film:
French director Frank Beauvais’ first feature premiered in the Berlinale’s Forum section.
Beauvais’s intimate essay film assembles excerpts from the 400-plus films the director watched over a four-month period of seclusion in 2016. On the soundtrack, Beauvais speaks of the breakup that led to his retreat, the estranged father with whom he bonded over cinema just before his death, and the symptoms of our current cultural climate that make pressing on an act of resistance. Beauvais’s montage — composed of both international classics and obscurities — alights upon small but specific details, reframing otherwise incidental images into an indelible and immensely moving reflection on life, love, and loss.