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COURSE 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.
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2007: La jeunesse : Coming of Age in French Cinema
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ORIGINS 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 16
7:30 PM  LA VIE D’ADELE
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
2:30 PM  L’AVOCAT DE LA TERREUR
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
7:30 PM  HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR
7:30 PM  CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915
7:30 PM  L’IMAGE MANQUANTE
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
7:30 PM  MAUVAIS SANG
TUESDAY, APRIL 14
7:00 PM  WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION
7:30 PM  LA VÉNUS À LA FOURRURE
MONDAY, APRIL 13
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
8:00 PM  LE BONHEUR D’ELZA                PRESENTED BY MARIETTE MONPIERRE
2:30 PM  LE BRASIER ARDENT
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LE BRASIER ARDENT IVAN MOSJOUKINE & ALEXANDRE VOLKOFF | FRANCE | 1923 | 122 MIN.  Cast: Ivan Mosjoukine, Nathalie Lissenko, Nicolas Koline. AIP’s always-anticipated silent film is an amazing combination of mystery, surrealism, and extra-marital passion. A woman refuses to leave her beloved Paris with her husband, so he consults an alluring detective who claims he can return missing souls. Pianist Patrick Miller of the Hartt School returns to the Festival to animate the silent screen with his unique musical talent! A reception by The Alliance Française follows the film.
HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR ALAIN RESNAIS | FRANCE | 1959 | 90 MIN.  Screenplay by Marguerite Duras.  Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada.  Provocative for its experimental New Wave style, its anti-war sentiment, and its affair between a French woman and Japanese man, Resnais’ movie gives us two lovers whose relationship is complicated by memories: his of the bombing of Hiroshima; hers, of an affair with a German soldier under occupation. A discussion after the film will be led by Trinity College Professor Sara Kippur.
MAUVAIS SANG LEOS CARAX | FRANCE | 1986 | 116 MIN.  Cast: Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Julie Delpy.  The second film of Leos Carax (Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, Holy Motors) is set in Paris of the recognizable future, where an American woman hires two petty thieves to steal a serum that could cure an usual disease. Its only victims are young people who enjoy sex without love.
L’IMAGE MANQUANTE  [THE MISSING PICTURE]RITHY PANH | CAMBODIA/FRANCE | 2013 | 92 MIN.  Writters: Rithy Panh, Christophe Dussart.  Narration: Randal Douc, Jean-Baptiste Phou.  A most remarkable film reveals the actions of the brutal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, using newsreels and clay figurine animation. A discussion after the film will be led by Professor Michael Lestz of the Trinity History Dept.
LA VIE D’ADELE [BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR] ABDELLATIF KECHICHE | FRANCE | 2013 | 179 MIN.  Based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh. Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos.  Abdellatif Kechiche shared the Palme d’Or for Best Film at Cannes with his two lead actresses, and his film breaks other barriers as well. It is an explicit sexual and emotional coming of age story of a high school girl who falls in love with a woman in her 20s. Discussion will be led by Professor Sara Kippur, Dept. of Language and Culture Studies.
LA VÉNUS À LA FOURRURE [VENUS IN FUR] ROMAN POLANSKI | FRANCE/POLAND | 2013 | 96 MIN.  Based on the play by David Ives and the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric. Before Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Austrian novelist von Sacher-Masoch, his 1870 novel Venus in Fur, and the provocation of masochism. Polanski’s films – and the man himself – have become a flashpoint, and this erotically-charged power play between a director and an actress is no exception.
CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 BRUNO DUMONT | FRANCE | 2013 | 95 MIN.  Cast: Juliet Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent. Using medical records and letters, Bruno Dumont creates a fierce portrait of Camille Claudel, the gifted sculptor and lover of Rodin; she was unfairly committed to 30 years in an asylum. Shot at the actual asylum with real patients and doctors, the film takes place over three days in 1915, when her hopes for release were still alive. Discussion following the film led by Professor Emerita of French, and founding director of The April in Paris Festival, Sonia Lee.
L’AVOCAT DE LA TERREUR [TERROR’S ADVOCATE]BARBET SCHROEDER | FRANCE | 2007 | 135 MIN.  A timely look at Jacques Vergés, a radicalized lawyer who has represented the most hated of France’s accused, from members of terrorists groups from Cambodia, Algeria, and Germany, to Carlos the Jackal and even Nazi collaborator Klaus Barbie. A. O. Scott of the New York Times wrote: “one of the most engaging, morally unsettling political thrillers in quite some time, with the extra advantage of being true.
LE BONHEUR D’ELZA MARIETTE MONPIERRE | GUADELOUPE/FRANCE | 2011 | 110 MIN. PRESENTED BY DIRECTOR MARIETTE MONPIERRE! Cast: Stana Roumilla. April in Paris concludes with the Connecticut Premiere of Le Bonheur d’Elza, with director Mariette Monpierre in attendance! This very impressive first film begins as Elza, who is the first in her family to earn a master’s degree, leaves her mother and Paris to search for her father in Guadeloupe. Afraid of his reaction, she takes a job babysitting in his household – without identifying herself – only to discover family secrets and prejudices at odds with the sun-filled beauty of the island. Join us for April in Paris’ celebrated tradition - a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 pm before the screening.
BIOGRAPHY: MARIETTE MONPIERRE
Picture from REGARD CREOLES, a book by Emelyne Medina-LaRochelle
MARIETTE MONPIERRE[FROM HER WEB SITE]
From the beaches of Guadeloupe to the heart of Paris to the bright lights of the Big Apple, I always saw my life through lenses. Growing up in the belly of Paris, films fascinated me. I completed my Masters Degree in TV & languages at the Sorbonne University and Smith College in Massachusetts and moved to Manhattan to follow my dream of becoming a filmmaker.   I began my career as a producer at BBDO New York, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies where I produced commercials for clients such as Pepsi Cola, Frito-Lay, Visa, Campbell’s, Bayer, Pizza Hut, Gillette and FedEx.  I have fun producing because I use both my creative and business skills. As an artist, I still didn’t feel complete. I yearned to express my own ideas, and the issues that concern me.  Directing opened up a new dimension to my work. I shape the message, control the content & master the look. I made my directorial debut when a French record label hired me to direct a series of music videos for its top recording artists.  Now I have completed more than 50 music videos and worked with some of most prominent French, African, Caribbean, and Celtic musicians and vocalists. The creative force of documentaries seduces me.   My first piece “Knowledge is Power” was commissioned by the New York City Health Department to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. In 2002 “Sweet Mickey for President” won best documentary at the Reel Sister Film Festival in New York. I was completely hooked. I kept creating images and putting my ideas on the screen. I was on top of the world when my short film “Rendezvous” was nominated for the Djibril Diop Mambety Award in partnership with the Directors Fortnight in Cannes. “Rendez-Vous” experienced a successful run in several major international film festivals and I traveled the world with it – the Toronto Film Festival, Official selection of the Marrakech Film Festival, The African Diaspora film Festival in New York, Montreal Film Festival, FESPACO West Africa and the International Women Film Festival in Seoul, Milan to name a few. All formats attract me; the commitment of documentaries, the intoxicating freedom of experimental films and music videos, the reality of corporate pieces, the exciting thrill of TV pilots and the cutting edgy aspect of creating content for the web. But what I love most is the challenge of delivering a message in 30 seconds. There is no greater fulfillment than the smile on a client’s face watching a completed commercial spot punctuated by “it’s approved”.  I love the creative process, the intensity and fast pace of the production. I’ve just wrapped the shooting of my first feature length film “Creole Blues” (Le Bonheur d’Elza) and learning that perseverance is a virtue.  It’s a beautiful feeling to wake up in the morning and fly out of bed to do what I love.  I’m a long way away from when I used to, as a kid, spend all my free time with my aunt, the cashier of a movie theater in Guadeloupe.  I feel blessed.
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 POSTER DESIGN James Hanley