Films (all w/English subtitles) will be shown in the French House Common Room (second floor of King Hall). All are welcome! Refreshments will be served!
September 18, 8:00 p.m., L'Auberge espagnole, Cédric Klapisch (2002)
In this romantic comedy, Xavier, a young student in economics dreams of being a writer. It seems that this dream will never be fulfilled. Before finishing his studies, Xavier decides to spend a year abroad studying in Barcelona, Spain with the "Erasmus Programme". Very quickly he finds a place to live: a big flat, where 6 other foreign students live. The "Erasmus Experience" begins. This is a film about friendship, flat-sharing, and student-life. It speaks to the experience of living in a foreign country, of embarking on the dream of studying abroad, of being confronted by other cultures, other languages, and discovering new people, and new friendships.
October 2, 8:30 p.m., L'Esquive, Abdellatif Kechiche (2004)
This romantic, coming of age film, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (2004) takes place in a poor neighborhood outside Paris. A whole class decides, along with their French literature teacher, to stage a theater play by Marivaux, "Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard" (The Game of Love and Chance). For the main character, shy fifteen-year-old Abdelkrim, the play is an opportunity to seduce his schoolmate Lydia, who has captured his heart. The play becomes a chance for this group of students to try something new, to break out of their day-to-day lives, to make this production their own, and to find the words to express their own feelings of being outcasts.
October 16, 8:30 p.m., La Grande Illusion, Jean Renoir (1937)
This 1937 film, directed by Jean Renoir, takes place during WWI. The film follows two French soldiers who are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Here, Frenchmen from all walks of life band together to escape the camp. After several attempts the two soldiers are sent to an impenetrable mountain fortress, from which there is no escape. Through La Grande Illusion, often regarded as a masterpiece of French Cinema, Renoir questions human relationships and human nature. What separates humans? Social origins ? Languages? Nationalities? And what is the source of evil? This widely acclaimed film stands as a pacifist manifesto against antisemitism and war.
October 30, 8:00 p.m., L'armée de l'ombre, Jean-Pierre Melville (1969)
This war drama, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, is an adaptation of the book by Joseph Kessel. This film paints an understated, unglamorous portrait of the French Resistance during World World II. Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura), a Resistance fighter, finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.
November 13, 8:00 p.m., Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, (2002)
This fantasy/adventure film, directed by Alain Chabat, is one of the most successful French movies of the last 20 years. Astérix and Obélix, two famous Gaul comic book characters, are brought to life in this film by Gérard Depardieu and Christian Clavier. The plot of the film centers around a bet that Cleopatra has made with Julius Caesar. In order to win the bet and defend the greatness of her people, the queen of Egypt asks her architect to build a gigantic palace for Julius Caesar and take no longer than 3 months to do so. The poor man has no choice but to count on the magic and especially the powers of three Gaul friends: Astérix, Obélix and Panoramix. But things are not so easy. Jealousy, schemes, manipulations and even the army come into play and become major obstacles to the fulfillment of this important, seemingly impossible project.
December 11, 8:00 p.m., Le père Noël est une ordure, (1982)
"Le père Noël est une ordure" (Santa Claus is a Stinker) is a cult French comedy movie, directed by Jean Marie Poiré, that French people usually watch almost every year around Christmastime. Full of absurd humor, it tells the story of two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve. They get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office. Come celebrate the end of the year with us!