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"On the Back of Our Images" Now Available

"On the Back of Our Images" Now Available

In early 2015, Tim was reading a book of critical analyses of the films of the Dardenne brothers, and it referred to two volumes of Luc Dardenne’s journals. He immediately searched online to buy them and was disappointed to learn that they were never translated into English.

Now, four years and three translators later, with help from the French Cultural Ministry’s prestigious CNL grant, Luc Dardenne’s On the Back of Our Images, Vol. 1 is now available for pre-order!

On The Back Of Our Images, Vol. 1 includes Luc’s journals from 1991-2005 along with the shooting scripts of three films co-written with his brother Jean-Pierre Dardenne—The Son, The Child, and Lorna’s Silence. It reveals a master artist’s mind at work, from conceptualization through collaboration and execution.

But don’t take our word for it. Martin Scorsese has this to say about our newest book:

"I’m a great admirer of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. When their pictures begin, they appear to be very simple and casually observed. By the time you get to the end, you realize that every single element of the cinema has been carefully integrated and calibrated, converging on a single point of redemptive illumination. This collection of Luc Dardenne’s shooting diaries and the scripts of three of their best pictures gives us a very special look at the shared creative process of these truly spiritual artists."

And massive gratitude to Facets for partnering with us to celebrate the book’s release! Join us June 16 at 2pm at Facets to celebrate the book’s release with a screening of Rosetta and a post-show discussion hosted by Robert B. Pippin, the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought, Philosophy, and in the College at the University of Chicago.

Not only for cinephiles, On the Back of Our Images is essential reading for creators and observers of any discipline. The journals are masterfully translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman and the screenplays are translated by our very own managing editor, Sammi, with beautiful watercolor cover paintings by Chicago’s Dmitry Samarov.

Our First Work In Translation (It's a DoozY)

Our First Work In Translation (It's a DoozY)

We are THRILLED to announce the resolution of a conundrum that has ensnaggled us existentially for 3 years!

Finally Finally Finally we can announce the FIRST EVER ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS of Au Dos De Nos Images (Volumes 1 and 2) by Luc Dardenne.

Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne are giants in contemporary world cinema, steadfastly radical in both principles and approach. Their films tackle social and political issues by focusing keenly on the intimate stories of individuals locked into their fates by unjust systems.

Brought to life in English by award-winning translator Jeffrey Zuckerman, these two volumes collect almost 25 years of Luc's journals as the brothers work through their films. The second half of each volume includes the shooting scripts of these films.

For creative people working in any discipline, this is the document of a master artist’s mind at work, measuring sustained introspection against true and constant engagement in the lived world.

Volume 1 (1991–2005) will be out spring 2019, to be followed soon after by Volume 2 (2005–2014).