Jan. 23, 2004
UW-River Falls Hosts Festival of French Language Films
UW-River Falls will host a free festival of French language films on Tuesday
evenings beginning in February.
The program was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of
the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. Listed below are the
films, which are free and open to the public. Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m.
in Room 271 of the Centennial Science Hall Building.
- Feb. 3. "Chaos," written and directed by Coline Serreau, France, 2002.
A Parisian couple on their way to a dinner party encounter a woman running
frantically toward their car. A group of men proceed to beat the woman unconscious
and leave her for dead. As this victim lies in a coma in the hospital the
Parisian wife takes up residence by her beside.
- Feb. 24. "Inch'Allah Dimanche," directed by Yamina Benguigui, France and
Algeria, 2001. Set in the 1970s, this film depicts an example of a family
impacted by France's "family reunion" law that allowed Algerian wives to rejoin
their husbands who were working in France. The film follows an Algerian woman
leaving her native country to face unfamiliar customs. She then finds her
husband to be a stranger. This film is also the first ever Algerian featured
film directed by a woman.
- March 9. "On Guard," directed by Philippe de Broca, France, 1998. The film
features the story of an evil and impoverished man who learns his rich cousin
plans to marry the mother of his illegitimate child. He plots to eliminate
the unwanted heirs to his cousin's fortune. In the countryside, the story
continues with a swashbuckling tale of royal treachery, romance, and humor.
- March 30. "Safe Conduct (Laissez-passer)," directed by Avernier, France,
2002. Set in Paris in 1942 during the German occupation, this film depicts
the German-run "Continental Films" that dictates the movie business. The film
illustrates the similarities of the film industry and war: it is a battle
for survival by trying to avoid the enemy.
- April 13. "Je rentre ˆ la maison/I'm Going Home," directed by John Crawford,
France, 2001. An aging actor in the prime of his career is delieverd terrible
news during an important performance: his wife and children have been killed
in a tradgic car accident. Saddened but not defeated, he is brought joy by
his grandson and his favorite Parisian monuments. The film shows the zest
for life that gives the human spirit resilience in the face of hardship.
For more information, contact Assistant Professor Kristine Butler Karlson
of the modern language department at 715/425-3121.
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