POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Soirée Ciné, a student-run committee at Vassar College, presents a French film series this fall (September 19 - November 14, 2010). All are welcome welcome to attend. The films are presented in French with English subtitles. All the screenings will be held in the FLRC screening room, Chicago Hall, on Sundays at 5:00pm.
September 19, 2010
Inch’Allah Dimanche / Inch’Allah Sunday
From Film Movement, Via imdb.com: The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions.Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husbandin France, where he’s been living for the past ten years. In a land andculture foreign to her, Zouina struggles against her mother-in-law’s tyrannical hand and her husband’s distrustful bitterness in an attempt to adjust to her life in exile.
September 26, 2010
Dans la vie / Two Ladies
From allocine.fr: Esther, an elderly Jewish woman, needs permanent assistance, but her bad temper has caused the last nurse-aide to just resign. Elie, her son, doesn’t know what else to do when Selima, theday-nurse, offers the services of Halima, her practicing Muslim mother. Against all odds, a real bond is created between the two women and Halima restores Esther’s zest for life.
October 3, 2010
L’esquive / Games of Love and Chance
From Wikipedia.fr / allocine.fr: Abdelkrim, nicknamed Krimo, is fifteen years old and living in a housing project of the Parisian suburbs, where he falls in love with the lively and mischievous Lydia. To win her affections, he gets someone to trade him a role in the school play. Krimo attempts to learn the lines, but his timid, clumsy character, as well as interference from other students, are obstacles to winning Lydia’s heart.
October 24, 2010
Entre les murs / The Class
From imdb.com: Francois is a tough but fair teacher working in one of France’s toughest schools, and his honest demeanor in the classroom has made him a great success with the students. But this year things are different, because when the students begin to challenge his methods Francois will find his classroom ethics put to the ultimate test.
November 7, 2010
Les Temoins / The Witnesses
From imdb.com: This film covers the overlapping stories of a group of French Parisians and their relations with a young man named Manu. Numerous sub stories link the characters’ individual struggles to exist, to create, to advance their careers, and even to crusade with Manu, the keystone which enables these stories to provide context for this retrospective of the beginning of this “war” against AIDS.
November 14, 2010
Le Temps qui reste /Time to Leave
From flixter.com: A handsome, successful fashion photographer learns thathe has a malignant brain tumor that will soon kill him. Hiding his diagnosis, he alienates his family and his young boyfriend, but during a short stay with his grandmother, his vulnerability is met with a big heart and sound advice. A chance encounter with a roadside café waitress results in an unusual bargain that provides a happy, playful dimension to the proceedings.
Like the screenings themselves, the Soirée Ciné committee is open to all interested Vassar students. No knowledge of, or experience with, French is required; however, a love of French cinema is a must! For more information, contact Emily Chao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soirée Ciné is generously sponsored by the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office, (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and /or assistance may not be available.
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