Girldhood, ou Bande de filles passe à Cinestudio le 5, 6 et 7 avril à 7:30:
(France, 2015) Written and directed by Cline Sciamma. Director of photography, Crystel Fournier. Cast: Karidja Tour, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Tour, Idrissa Diabate, Simina Soumar.
Unlike the heroes of most French coming-of-age movies, Marieme (Karidja Tour) is not a boy, is not white (her Moslem family comes from Africa), and instead of glittering Paris, she lives in a high rise in a suburb forgotten by opportunity. Unwilling to be pigeonholed, Marieme plays American football, has a secret crush on her brother’s best friend, and joins a gang of three teens who revel in friendship and breaking the rules. It is an unforgettable film, written and directed by Cline Sciamma, herself a survivor of France’s crime and poverty-plagued banlieues. 113 min.
“Girlhood is more than just a political statement about straitened opportunities or a moving female-centric relationship drama. Ravishingly shot in Cinemascope, it is a work of cinematic art” – The Guardian.
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(France, 2014) Written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne and Simon Caudry.
The Dardenne brothers (La Promesse, L’Enfant) have made a masterful new film about life in a working class neighborhood in Belgium. Here, a young mother (Marion Cotillard) returns to her factory job after a sick leave to be faced with a morally sticky dilemma. She is given two days and one night to convince her coworkers to give up their bonuses, to prevent her being laid off. One by one, she visits the people she works with and states her case. And with each reaction, we learn more about sacrifice, and the precarious tightrope of workers’ lives. 95 min.
About Marion Cotillard, who won a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role, A. O. Scott of the New York Times wrote “Ms. Cotillard’s performance is as fine a piece of screen acting as you will ever see.”
LE JOUR SE LEVE
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(France, 1939). Director: Marcel Carné. Screenplay by Jacques Prévert, based on the story by Jacques Viot. Cast: Jean Gabin, Arletty, Jacqueline Laurent, Jules Berry.
Cinestudio presents a brilliant new 4k restoration of Le Jour Se Lève, a masterpiece of French poetic realism! For the first time in 75 years, the complete version of the film by Carné and Prévert (who also made Children of Paradise) can be seen, without the Vichy-era cuts that censored not only a nude Arletty, but the names of all Jewish crew members from the credits. (It was banned entirely in 1940). The story opens with a suspected killer (Jean Gabin) trapped in his flat by the police. Overnight, his life is shown in flashbacks, as his love for an ethereal florist pulls him into a romantic quadrangle including a dog-act vaudevillian, and his alluring assistant, Arletty.
“EXTRAORDINARY! A GLISTENING RESTORATION! Gorgeously melancholy…released less than three months before France and Britain declared war on Germany, it vibrates with unspoken foreboding” – Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice.
Vous êtes de retour pour une année riche en événements culturels français et francophones. Retrouvez-nous à la table française tous les mercredis à midi à Mather Hall. Nous pourrons ainsi discuter des activités proposées. Welcome back!
PIG ACROSS PARIS
Mon, December 9, 7:30pm – 7:30pm
Daily, until Dec 10, 2013
(France, 1956) Directed by Claude Autant-Lara. Screenplay by Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost; based on the novel by Marcel Ayme.
Cast: Jean Gabin, Bouvril, Jeanette Batti, Louis de Funes.
French cinephiles, prepare for an unexpected treat – the restored version of one of France’s best-loved film classics, which only received a brief U.S. release in the 1950s! The screenwriters Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost (Forbidden Games), collaborated in a very dark comedy about Paris under Nazi occupation. Comic actor Bouvril plays a nervous cabby who hooks up with a charming and erudite trickster (Jean Gabin of Grand Illusion) for a series of mad schemes to transport four suitcases full of pork across Paris to sell on the black market, while looking out for the Gestapo in every darkened alley… “One of the most realistic, most caustic, most pitch-perfect films about daily life under the Occupation.” – director Bernard Tavernier (The Clockmaker, Round Midnight).
Amélie (Audrey Tautou) works as a waitress in Paris and tinkers in the lives of her friends. When she falls in love with Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), she can’t be direct and let him know how she feels. Instead, she pulls him into an elaborate courtship dance that turns life in Paris into a game of Twister with a treasure hunt added to the mix. Nino trails after Amélie, still the mystery woman to him, as she leaves clues about herself everywhere. By the climax, the movie segues into a rumination on loss and the perils of being too playful. The film’s original French title was « Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain » and the director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, deflates the self-mocking pomposity of the title by the last third of the movie. Yet there is no denying that « Amélie » is, to paraphrase its title, fabulous. – Elvis Mitchell
Tuesday, November 19th
6:30 in Seabury 217
(France, 120 mn, 2001 in French with English subtitles)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th SEABURY 217 at 6:30
Cette semaine, le French Club présente un film franco-belge de 2009.
Nicolas leads a peaceful existence. His parents love him and he has great group of friends. One day Nicolas overhears a conversation between his parents that leads him to believe that his mother is pregnant. He panics and imagines the worst–soon a little brother will be there who will take up so much space that his parents will no longer have time to take care of him. Along with his friends, Nicolas thus devises all sorts of plans to get rid of the baby. ~ Baseline StudioSystems