The Inner Scar
(La cicatrice intérieure)

Screening on Film
Directed by Philippe Garrel.
With Nico, Philippe Garrel, Christian Päffgen.
France, 1972, 35mm, color, 60 min.
English, German and French with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

No greater contrast to Deux fois within the Zanzibar Group of films and their minimalist, non-narrative aesthetic can be offered than La cicatrice intérieure, a luxuriously visual, acid-inspired film made by Phillipe Garrel in his radical early years—the same Garrel who went on to be one of the recognised auteurs of French cinema. Signposting the connection to Warhol is the presence of Nico, then Garrel’s partner and collaborator on the film, which carries five of her songs. Shot in the staggering landscapes of the Sinai Desert, Death Valley and Iceland, the film features Nico, Garrel himself and the “underground” star actor and filmmaker Pierre Clémenti. Garrel proposed that: “you can’t ask questions of the just have to enjoy watching it, in the same way you’d enjoy a walk in the desert. It’s a record of what was going through my head at the time…”

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