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2009: La camera au feminin: Women Behind the Lens
2004: Grande Illusion
2002: Crime et Cinema
COLL151: French Film Festival
This half-credit College Course (COLL 151) is offered each spring in conjunction with the annual French Film Festival. Each year the week-long festival, April in Paris, focuses on a theme, genre, or the work of a French or Francophone director. The course provides an excellent opportunity for students interested in film studies to enrich and broaden their cinematic knowledge. A variety of classic and recent titles offers a broad range of films that inspires both an awareness of film history and interest in cinema studies. By focusing on a particular topic, genre, or director, students can sharpen their understanding of cinema as a visual language and as an artform and that varies according to the distinctive genius and creative vision of the filmmaker.
2008: Vivre ensemble: Living Together in French Cinema
2003: Comedie à la Francaise
2007: La jeunesse : Coming of Age in French Cinema
2014: Fantasy Fantaisie
2000: Francois Truffaut - The Man Who Loved Movies
2012: Le Sacré et le Profane
2011: L'Amour Fou: Mad Love
APRIL IN PARIS FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
2006: Le cinema de Louis Malle
2001: Images de Femmes
2013: LaVille Au Cinéma: Tales of Cities
2010: La Regle du Jeu: Money and Class in French Cinema
2005: Rendez-vous à Paris
April in Paris is the "brainchild" of Professors Sonia Lee and Karen Humphreys of Trinity College's Department of Language and Culture Studies. It would never have seen the light of the silver screen, however, if not for the hard work of Christine McMorris and the dynamism of Cinestudio's directors, Peter McMorris and James Hanley. A formidable team! The intention of the festival is to offer to the Hartford area an annual cultural event that celebrates and explores the cinema of filmmakers working in the French language, whether they are from France, Canada, Africa or the Caribbean. April in Paris takes place at Cinestudio on the Trinity College campus and coincides with a course based on the films featured in the festival.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7
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7:30 PM PARCE QUE J'ÉTAIS PEINTRE
SUNDAY, APRIL 3
2:30 PM UN JOUR PINA M'A DEMANDÉ
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
7:30 PM LA COLLECTIONNEUSE
7:30 PM LA GROTTE DES RÊVES PERDUS
7:30 PM DANS LA MAISON
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
7:30 PM L’ENLÈVEMENT DE MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ
TUESDAY, APRIL 5
7:00 PM WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION
7:30 PM ABUS DE FAIBLESSE
MONDAY, APRIL 4
8:00 PM SEMBENE! PRESENTED BY SAMBA GADJIGO
FRIDAY, APRIL 8
2:30 PM L’INHUMAINE
SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS
The Office of the Dean, Trinity College
The Office of the President, Trinity College
The Tournées Festival
The Tournées Festival is made made possible with the support of the Cultural
Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie
et de l’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund
SODEC: José Dubeau, Coordonnatrice Affaires Internationales à Montréal
L'Alliance Francaise de Hartford 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT 06103 (860) 278-9999
Department of History, Trinity College
Jerry and Nancy Lemega
Department of English, Trinity College
La Petite France Bakery 967 Farming ton Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06107 (860) 231-9225
Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France USA, highbrow entertainment
L’INHUMAINE [THE INHUMAN WOMAN]
MARCEL L’HERBIER | FRANCE | 1924 | 135 MIN.
Cast: Ivan Mosjoukine, Nathalie Lissenko, Nicolas Koline.
April in Paris opens with a 4K restoration of a classic silent film with musical accompaniment by pianist Patrick Miller from the Hartt School of Music. L’Herbier’s film of an opera singer who can enchant her listeners was created as a synthesis of music, design, acting, and dance, to celebrate the new art of film.
“The final images of L’Inhumaine surpass the imagination. As you emerge from seeing it, you have the impression of having lived through the moment of birth of a new art.” —architect Adolf Loos.
Join us for coffee and pastries provided by Hartford’s Alliance Francaise after the film!
LA COLLECTIONNEUSE[THE COLLECTOR]
ERIC ROHMER | FRANCE | 1967 | 89 MIN.
Screenplay by Marguerite Duras.
Cast: Patrick Bauchau, HaydÈe Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle
A womanizing art dealer and a painter find the peace of their Riviera vacation disturbed by a third guest, a mysterious young woman who shows up every night with a different lover. Can collecting erotic experiences be the same as collecting works of art or is it an art form of its own? One of the late Eric Rohmer’s influential “Six Moral Tales,” filmed by the great cinematographer Nestor Alemendros.
L’ENLÈVEMENT DE MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ[THE KIDNAPPING OF GUILLAUME NICLOUX]GUILLAUME NICLOUX | FRANCE | 2014 | 93 MIN.
Cast: Michel Houellebecq, Mathieu Nicourt, Maxime Lefrançois and Luc Schwarz
A comedy based on the false rumor that real-life author Michel Houellebecq was kidnapped by three men, who debated with him about everything from political genocide to French poetry while awaiting their ransom. Although it was only a lack of internet service that kept the writer from communicating with his friends, the rumor was much more amusing, and makes for a delightful portrait of the misanthropic writer.
DANS LA MAISON[IN THE HOUSE] FRANÇOIS OZON | FRANCE | 2012 | 105 MIN.
Based on the play by Juan Mayorga
Cast: Ernst Umhauer, Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas
A burnt-out writer and teacher is impressed by his sixteen-year-old student Claude’s essays about a friend’s ‘perfect’ family. As the student insinuates himself into the family for more material, it is actual life, and not art, that goes awry.
“a cleverly structured comic thriller rich with narrative trickery and macabre humor.” —Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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PARCE QUE J'ÉTAIS PEINTRE[BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER]
CHRISTOPHE COGNET | FRANCE | 2014 | 100 MIN.
A moving documentary on the paintings and drawing created by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps, which explores the desire for making art in a place of horror. Contains interviews with survivors, and the rarely-seen artwork that expresses humanity in a place where brutality reigns.
ABUS DE FAIBLESSE [ABUSE OF WEAKNESS]
CATHERINE BREILLAT | FRANCE | 2013 | 105 MIN.
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen
Catherine Breillat’s semi-autobiographical story follows a filmmaker (played by the incomparable Isabelle Huppert) recovering from a stroke, who hires a rapper (Kool Shen) to star in her next movie. When he turns out to be a con man, the power struggle – and erotic tension – begins.
“Cool, oblique and fascinating. A monster story of sorts, exquisitely told.”—Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times.
LA GROTTE DES RÊVES PERDUS
[THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS]WERNER HERZOG | FRANCE | 2011 | 90 MIN.
Director Herzog’s ever-curious spirit inspires his quest to film the oldest visual artwork known to have been created by humans, discovered deep in the Chauvet Cave in southeastern France. While the 30,000 year old paintings are a revelation, it is the director’s desire to find the moment of humans’ first creative impulse that gives his film a sense of awe.
UN JOUR PINA M'A DEMANDÉ[ONE DAY PINA ASKED ME…]
CHANTAL ACKERMAN | BELGIUM/GERMANY | 1983 | 57 MIN.
One of the greatest filmmakers of her generation, Chantal Ackerman (who died last year) turned out to be the perfect choice to make a film capturing the genius of choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance troupe on tour. An intimate, funny, and visual treasure, on the joy and the pain of making art.
“Less an attempt at archival documentation than expressing a feeling through movement and moment.” —Violet Lucca, Film Comment.
SAMBA GADJIGO, JOEL SILVERMAN | SENEGAL | 2015 | 82 MIN.
Closing night for April in Paris brings director Samba Gadjigo to Cinestudio, to take questions after the screening of his movie about ‘the father of African cinema.
Samba Gadjigo is also the official biographer of Ousane Sembene, who was born in Senegal and transformed himself from a manual laborer to a fearless artist for the marginalized. He became a hero to millions for his movies including Black Girl, Xala, Ceddo and Moolaade.
Join us for April in Paris’ celebrated tradition - a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 pm before the screening.
BIOGRAPHY: SAMBA GADJIGO
Samba Gadjigo's research focuses on French-speaking Africa, particularly the work of filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. In 2001, Gadjigo was instrumental in bringing the Senegalese filmmaker to MHC for screenings and discussions of his work.
Last year, Gadjigo organized a January Term trip to Senegal. "The idea originated from The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2010, which emphasizes internationalism and international studies," said Gadjigo. "We have junior year programs in Senegal, Montpellier, and Sweet Briar, but not all students can afford these. I thought a two-week, intensive program would allow a larger number to gain an international perspective, at a lesser cost."
Gadjigo's writing has appeared in First of the Month, Research in African Literatures, and Contributions in Black Studies. In a recent article in African Journal on "Trends in African Cinema," Gadjigo argues that the future of African cinema is still unclear. "There are very talented individual filmmakers, and some of the works are very sound artistic contributions to world cinema, and yet our screens are still colonialized and one ought to wonder what the future of African cinema will be in the context of a 'globalized' world."
In addition to his course offerings in the French department, Gadjigo is a member of the African American and African Studies program faculty.
[FROM THE MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE WEB SITE]
APRIL IN PARIS FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
Prof. Karen Humphreys
Prof. Jean-Marc Kehres
Prof. Sara Kippur
Prof. Emerita Sonia Lee
James Hanley, Cinestudio
Peter McMorris, Cinestudio
Christine McCarthy McMorris