Five Weeks, Five Films
The Department of French and Francophone Studies presents its annual French and Francophone Film Festival.
Films are shown on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Stahr Auditorium (Stager Hall) starting at 7 p.m. All films have English subtitles. Admission is free.
Questions? Email Carrie Landfried.
This series is co-sponsored by Africana Studies and International Studies
Thursday, October 15
Timbuktu, 2014, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako,100 minutesMali, 2012. Islamic fundamentalists announce their increasingly absurd list of prohibitions—no music, no sports, no socializing—via megaphone to Timbuktu's residents, several of whom refuse to comply, no matter the consequence. In this magnificent film, Sissako demonstrates his ability to thoroughly condemn religious fanaticism and intolerance with subtlety and restraint, while still presenting these horribly misguided dogmatists as multidimensional characters.
Thursday, October 29
Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night), 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 95 minutes
Sandra, an employee at a solar-panel factory looking to return to work after suffering crippling depression, is told management has offered each of her 16 colleagues a 1,000-euro bonus if they vote to make her redundant. This wife and mother, still emotionally frail, faces the daunting task of trying to convince each co-worker to turn down the cash so she can keep her job. Each encounter reveals the Dardenne brothers' signature compassion for characters torn asunder by the demands of late capitalism.
Thursday, November 12
La French (The Connection), 2014, directed by Cédric Jimenez, 135 minutes
A companion piece of sorts to William Friedkin’s The French Connection (1971), this high-energy true-crime tale tracks the six-year crusade of a law officer (Jean Dujardin) to bring down a seemingly untouchable drug kingpin (Gilles Lelouche). In between the tense action sequences, The Connection focuses on the domestic life and the off-duty hours of its two principal antagonists, slyly suggesting that the cop and the crook may have more in common than either would have dared imagine.
Wednesday, October 21
Bande de filles (Girlhood), 2014, directed by Céline Sciamma,112 minutes
Set in the impoverished Parisian suburbs home to many of its French-African denizens, Girlhood focuses on a 16-year-old who assumes responsibility for her two younger sisters while their mother works nights and must also frequently absorb the wrath of her tyrannical slightly older brother. School provides no haven: Having already repeated a grade twice, Marieme is told that vocational training is her only option. Rather than accept this indignity, she falls in with a triad of tough girls.
Wednesday, November 4
3 Coeurs (3 Hearts), 2014, directed by Benoît Jacquot, 106 minutes
A stirring love-triangle tale, 3 Hearts evokes some of Hollywood's greatest romances from the 1950s, yet adds its own flourishes. Tax auditor Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) first falls for the melancholic Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) then, after their romantic plan is thwarted, meets and falls in love with Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni). Once Marc realizes the connection between the two women, his excruciating anxiety at being found out only heightens the near-operatic pitch of this devastating story of passion, secrets, and betrayal.