POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-The Francophone Film Series: French-Speaking Movies Around the World, will be presented weekly on Wednesdays by Soirée Ciné, February 17 – April 28, 2010. The films, free and open to the public, will be presented in French with English subtitles and will begin at 7:00pm in Taylor Hall, room 203, except for the 4/21 film which will be held in Taylor Hall, room 206.
Soirée Ciné is a student-run committee that organizes weekly screenings of French films. Like the screenings themselves, the committee is open to all interested students. No knowledge of, or experience with, French is required; however, a love of French cinema is a must. Contact Lindsay Cook, email@example.com, for more information.
Soirée Ciné is generously sponsored by the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
February 17 Switzerland
Home (2008) by Ursula Meier
“Described by director Ursula Meier as "a road movie in reverse," Home is an assured and unsettling comedy...Clammy provocation and surreal fable, Meier's film is predicated on thematic and sensory contrasts: nature and civilization, tranquil landscapes and roaring vehicles, sun-dappled spaciousness and barricaded claustrophobia.” - Fernanado F. Croce, Slant Magazine
February 24 Senegal
Xala (1975) by Ousmane Sembene
“Widely regarded as Ousmane Sembene's finest achievement, Xala is a cutting morality tale that equally blames the corruption of Senegal's sociopolitical environment on Euro-centricity and African auto-destruction.” - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
March 3 Belgium
Rosetta (1999) by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
“Clumsy and graceless and full of anger, Rosetta is a 17-year-old force of nature -- a tiny hedgehog of a girl who fights like hell to get her way, and often succeeds on pure volition...hot with handheld cameras that shadow Rosetta and gives the film a sense of immediacy, Rosetta looks improvised and spontaneous." - Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
March 31 Tunisia
Satin rouge, directed by Raja Amari
"[reveals] what life is like for the unliberated ladies of the Arab world, so hidden, repressed and denied...a daring drama that addresses how a wanton woman copes with a strict social structure that would deny her any outlet for her animalistic urges. " - Kam Williams, Global Rhythm
April 7 Algeria
Viva Laldjerie, directed by Nadir Moknèche
"'Viva Laldjerie' jumps off the screen with humor, poignancy and local color. Contempo tale, of a headstrong 27-year-old and her ex-cabaret dancer mother forced to make their way in Algiers as creeping fundamentalism undermines even the arts, brims with telling incidents, touching details and human drama. A fine portrait of women exiled in their own country"- Lisa Nelson, Variety
April 14 Quebec
Mon oncle Antoine, directed by Claude Jutra
"Claude Jutra’s evocative portrait of a boy’s coming of age in wintry 1940s rural Quebec has been consistently cited by critics and scholars as the greatest Canadian film of all time. Delicate, naturalistic, and tinged with a striking mix of nostalgia and menace... a holiday film unlike any other, and an authentically detailed illustration of childhood’s twilight." -The Criterion Collection
April 21 Morocco
Ali Zaoua (2002) by Nabil Ayouch
“Nabil Ayouch's film immerses us in the lives of grubby street kids...it's the beguiling performances from the three young children that are really captivating, and it's their sense of the comic and the tragic elements of their predicament that gives the film its enjoyable energy. A real treat.”- Jamie Russell, BBC
April 28 France
Entre les murs [The Class] (2008) by Laurent Cantet (France)
“The movie is bursting with life, energy, fears, frustrations and the quick laughter of a classroom hungry for relief. It avoids lockstep plotting and plunges into the middle of the fray, helping us become familiar with the students, suggesting more than it tells, allowing us to identify with many points of view. It is uncannily convincing. The reason for that, I learn, involves the method of the director, Laurent Cantet, one of the most gifted new French directors.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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