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.