Shown as part of the Tournées Festival, a program of the FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange) in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
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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
2000: Francois Truffaut - The Man Who Loved Movies
2014: Fantasy Fantaisie
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2016: Portrait de L'Artiste
2011: L'Amour Fou: Mad Love
2012: Le Sacré et le Profane
2001: Images de Femmes
2006: Le cinema de Louis Malle
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 6
7:30 PM EASTERN BOYS
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
2:30 PM SCHOOL OF BABEL
7:30 PM PICKPOCKET
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
7:30 PM TIP TOP
7:30 PM FAR FROM MEN
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
7:30 PM CHOCOLAT
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
7:00 PM WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION
7:30 PM MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE!
MONDAY, APRIL 3
FRIDAY, APRIL 7
8:00 PM MONTRÉAL LA BLANCHE
2:30 PM THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT + THE TOWER
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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 and Anne-Lyse Haket, Coordonnatrice Affaires Internationales à Montréal
L'Alliance Francaise de Hartford 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1-202 Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 278-9999
Department of History, Trinity College
Jerry and Nancy Lemega
Department of English, Trinity College
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Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France USA, highbrow entertainment
THE ITALIAN STRAW HATRENE CLAIR | FRANCE | 1928 | 105 MIN.
Cast: Albert Préjean, Olga Tschechowa, Geymond Vital.
April in Paris opens with a classic silent French film, accompanied by pianist Patrick Miller. Rene Clair’s delightfully transgressive farce tweaks the social boundaries as a would-be groom runs into trouble when his horse eats the hat of a lady. Can he find a replacement chapeau before he is late to his own wedding?
THE TOWERSHORT FILM
The Tower is a visually striking documentary short of the construction of Eiffel’s icon.”
Coffee and pastries, provided by the Alliance Francaise of Hartford, will be served after the film.
PICKPOCKETROBERT BRESSON | FRANCE | 1959 | 75 MIN.
Cast: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri
The border crossed in the fabulous restored version of Bresson’s influential masterpiece is both moral and legal. A young pickpocket feels no shame in taking what he needs for his girlfriend and his mother from strangers. But in choosing to be a criminal, can he find redemption?
“An unmitigated masterpiece – as close to perfect as there can be” – director Paul Schrader.
CHOCOLATCLAIRE DENIS | FRANCE | 1988 | 105 MIN.
Screenplay by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau
Cast: Mireille Perrier, Isaach De Bankolé, François Cluzet, Giulia Boschi
A white woman returns to her former home in Cameroon, bringing back memories of her childhood and the racial and cultural boundaries that nearly destroyed the lives of her mother and their black servant.
FAR FROM MENDAVID OELHOFFEN | FRANCE | 2014 | 102 MIN.
Based on the short story by Albert Camus
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb
The stunning, desolate Algerian landscape is the setting for Camus’ morality tale. A Spanish born schoolteacher of French in colonial Algeria (Viggo Mortensen) is ordered to bring a confessed murderer (Reda Kateb) to trial in a treacherous journey. Far from men’s strict cultural borders, they may come to see each other as human beings.
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EASTERN BOYSROBIN CAMPILLO | FRANCE | 2015 | 129 MIN.
Cast: Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Danil Vorobyev, Edea Darcque, Camila Chanirova
Crossing borders by definition involves risk and, frequently, danger. When a middle-aged Frenchman (Olivier Rabourdin, Of Gods and Men) makes an assignation with a young Russian, he is shocked when the young man arrives with a gang of thieves. But when the Russian returns later, alone, they begin a tenuous journey of understanding.
MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCEABD AL MALIK | FRANCE | 2016 | 95 MIN.
Cast: Marc Zinga, Sabrina Ouazani
The directorial debut of hip hop musician Abd Al Malik, is based on his memoir of growing up in the projects outside of Paris. The child of immigrants, he is pulled into trouble, but fights to overcome his expected path with his dream of being an artist.
SERGE BOZON | FRANCE, BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG | 2014 | 106 MIN.
Screenplay, Bozon, Axelle Ropert, Odile Barski, based on the novel by Bill James
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Karole Rocher, Aymen Saidi
While occupied transgressing a few erotic borders of their own, detectives Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain are sent to investigate the murder of an Algerian informant – only to be blocked by the white, male local police. Laced with humor and mystery…
SCHOOL OF BABEL
JULIE BERTUCCELLI | FRANCE | 2014 | 90 MIN.
This joyous documentary follows a teacher over one year, as she teaches French to new immigrants, aged 11 to 15, from Ireland, Serbia, Brazil, Tunisia, China and Senegal. Driven by the same desire to change their lives, these students challenge many established ideas about immigration and give us hope for the future.
MONTRÉAL LA BLANCHE
BACHIR BENSADDEK | CANADA | 2016 | 87 MIN.
Cast: Karina Aktouf, Rabah Aït Ouyahia
The Connecticut Premiere of the first feature-length film by Bachir Bensaddek.
Kahina (Karina Aktouf), is a former Algerian pop star who abandoned the country during the Algerian Civil War and emigrated to Canada to live in peace and privacy. One Christmas Eve, however, she gets into a taxi driven by Amokrane (Rabah Aït Ouyahia), a more recent Algerian immigrant who recognizes her. Together, they drive the streets of the new country, exploring their double cultural identity and nostalgia for home.
Join us for April in Paris’ celebrated tradition - a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 pm before the screening.
BIOGRAPHY: BACHIR BENSADDEK
Bachir Bensaddek is a Canadian television director of Algerian Berber descent, best known for his co-direction of 2002 Emmy Award-winning TV series Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within.
Born in Algeria,in the year 1992, Bensaddek came to Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a student before immigrating to Canada. Bensaddek wrote a play in 2004 entitled Montréal la blanche about Algerian immigrants in Quebec.
In May 2011, he released his documentary film Rap arabe, an ORBI-XXI production, covering the rap scene in three countries (Morocco, Lebanon, Syria) with a number of rappers including Malikah, Ashekman, Lil Zac and Don Bigg. It had its premiere at the 27th Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique, and was rebroadcast on RDI, TV5 and Al Jazeera's Documentary channel.
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