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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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2008: Vivre ensemble: Living Together in French Cinema
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2003: Comedie à la Francaise
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2007: La jeunesse : Coming of Age in French Cinema
2000: Francois Truffaut - The Man Who Loved Movies
2012: Le Sacré et le Profane
2011: L'Amour Fou: Mad Love
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2006: Le cinema de Louis Malle
2001: Images de Femmes
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2010: La Regle du Jeu: Money and Class in French Cinema
2013: LaVille Au Cinéma: Tales of Cities
2005: Rendez-vous à Paris
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 3
7:30 PM  THE RABBI’S CAT
SUNDAY, MARCH 30
2:30 PM  CITY OF LOST CHILDREN
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
7:30 PM  ORPHEE
7:30 PM  BARBARELLA
7:30 PM  YEELEN
SATURDAY, APRIL 5
7:30 PM  ALPHAVILLE
TUESDAY, APRIL 1
7:00 PM  WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION
7:30 PM  HOLY MOTORS
MONDAY, MARCH 31
FRIDAY, APRIL 4
8:00 PM  MARS ET AVRIL                PRESENTED BY MARTIN VILLENEUVE
2:30 PM  LA CHUTE DE LA MAISON USHER
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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
SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS • The Office of the Dean, Trinity College • The Office of the President, Trinity College • The Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies • The Zachs Hillel House, Trinity College • Délégation du Québec à Boston: Philip Duguay, Public Affairs Attaché • SODEC: José Dubeau, Coordonnatrice Affaires Internationales à Montréal • Jerry and Nancy Lemega • L'Alliance Francaise de Hartford 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT 06103  (860)-278-9999 • Department of English, Trinity College • La Petite France Bakery 967 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT  06107  (860)-231-9225 • Program for Film Studies, Trinity College • Program in International Studies, Trinity College
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LA CHUTE DE LA MAISON USHERJEAN EPSTEIN | FRANCE | 1928 | 68 MIN.  Pianist Patrick Miller will provide a live musical accompaniment to this masterpiece of silent cinema, with a screenplay by director Jean Epstein and the great Luis Buñuel! France’s love of fantasy can be seen in its passion for Edgar Allen Poe, and The Fall of the House of Usher is an eerie look into the fantasies that take up residence in the human psyche.  Also showing is an 18 minute experimental American film by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber, made the same year, also based on the chilling Poe tale.  A reception by The Alliance Française follows the film, which will be introduced by Trinity President Jimmy Jones.
ORPHEEJEAN COCTEAU | FRANCE | 1950 | 95 MIN.  Music by George Auric.  Cast: Jean Marais, François Périer, Maria Casares, Marie Dea.  Author and artist Jean Cocteau instantly saw the possibilities of cinema for portraying la fantasie on film, bringing an experimental spirit to this gorgeously restored classic. Jean Marais stars as Orpheus, the mythological legend who follows his love to the underworld, updated to an otherworldly post-war Paris. “Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality.” - Jean Cocteau. Discussion afterwards led by James Hanley of Cinestudio.
ALPHAVILLEJEAN-LUC GODARD | FRANCE | 1965 | 99 MIN.  Cast: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff.  In Godard’s dystopian city of the future (shot in Paris), a dictator suppresses love and poetry, and rules that “people should not ask ‘why’, but only say ‘because’.” American actor Eddie Constantine plays a secret agent with the mission to kill the dictator, in a fantaisie-driven mélange of science fiction and film noir, a standout among the celebrated films of the New Wave master of Breathless, Contempt and Pierrot Le Fou. The ever-mysterious Anna Karina plays a citizen of Alpha 60 whose curiosity about desire leads her into danger. This flawlessly restored film will show again at Cinestudio Sunday through Tuesday! Discussion afterwards led by Prof. Michael Walsh of the University of Hartford. 
YEELENSOULEYMANE CISSÉ | MALI, BURKINA, FRANCE | 1987 | 105 MIN.  Cast: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo.  April in Paris’ founding director, professor emeritus Sonia Lee, will lead a discussion on the Malian film called by the Los Angeles Times “Ravishingly beautiful - one of the great experiences of world cinema!” Set in the 13th century, it follows a young man (Issiaka Kane) whose magical powers, and the enchanted wooden post he has taken from his wicked shaman father, guide him on a dangerous journey. Discussion afterwards led by Prof. Emerita Sonia Lee.
THE RABBI’S CATJOANN SFAR & ANTOINE DELESVAUX | FRANCE | 2011 | 89 MIN.  With the voices of: François Morel, Maurice Bénichou, Hafsia Herzi.  Based on the graphic novel of co-director Joann Sfar (who made Gainsbourg: Vie Héroique) this vivid animated film ‘stars’ a rabbi’s cat who, when he eats the family parrot, gains the ability to speak - and speak his mind, mocking everything from religion to politics. Set in 1930’s Algeria in a heady intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. Discussion afterwards led by Prof. Nina Lichtenstein from the University of Connecticut.
HOLY MOTORSLÉOS CARAX | FRANCE | 2012 | 116 MIN.  Cast: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes, Michel Piccoli.  La fantaisie is the lifeblood of director Léos Carax (Lovers on The Bridge), who is known for conjuring up enchantment in the City of Light. In Holy Motors Denis Lavant is part performance artist, part shape shifter, as he transforms into eleven different characters including a Parisian crone, a kidnapper, and a singer in the spooky abandoned department store, Samaritaine. “...unholy magic, a movie that’s beyond weird, and beyond beautiful” - Dana Stevens, Slate. Discussion afterwards led by Prof. Sara Kippur from Trinity College.
BARBARELLAROGER VADIM | FRANCE | 1968 | 98 MIN.  Written by Roger Vadim and Terry Southern Based on the comic book by Jean-Claude Forest.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Cast: Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg.  Jane Fonda is outrageous in her then-husband Roger  Vadim’s campy and sex-obsessed cult movie set in the year 40,000. Fonda plays Barbarella, whose plans to rescue Dr. Duran Duran from an evil planetary empire include making love to a half man/half angel, the helpful Catchman, a resistance fighter named Dildano, an orgasm machine, and perhaps the Great Tyrant herself (Anita Pallenberg)...In (mostly) English and French.
CITY OF LOST CHILDRENMARC CARO & JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET | FRANCE, GERMANY, SPAIN | 1995 | 112 MIN.  Cast: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon.  With Marc Caro, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amélie) takes his love of fantasy to the dark side, in a visually breathtaking world where a scientist on a deep-sea rig kidnaps children and steals their dreams. One stolen boy is pursued by his father (Ron Perlman), a carnival strongman who dares to enter a world inhabited by The Octopus, a talking brain (Jean-Louis Trintignant), mind-controlled fleas, and six clones all played by Dominique Pinon. “One of the most fantastic (in the literal sense) films to have emerged from Europe in the past 50 years; a masterpiece of dark invention.” - Film 4, London. Discussion afterwards led by Trinity Professor Mitch Polin.
MARS ET AVRILMARTIN VILLENEUVE | CANADA | 2012 | 90 MIN.HARTFORD PREMIERE | PRESENTED BY DIRECTOR MARTIN VILLENEUVE! Cast: Jacques Languirand, Caroline Dhavernas, Paul Ahmarani.  Set in Montréal of the future, just as the first humans land on Mars, an elderly jazz musician (Jacques Languirand) and the young designer of the musician’s instruments - each inspired by a different muse - both fall in love with the same woman. But Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), an artist in her own right, has new challenges to face, as she is accidentally transported to the red planet... Based on the first-time director’s popular graphic novel, it reveals a fresh and imaginative filmmaker able to make magic without a Hollywood budget! “As the story progresses, dream takes over reality, and in the end I think that this is the actual message: dreams are the gateway to all that is possible.” - Martin Villeneuve.  Join us for April in Paris’ celebrated tradition - a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 pm before the screening.
BIOGRAPHY: MARTIN VILLENEUVE
MARTIN VILLENEUVE TED2013 speaker Martin Villeneuve (born on March 13th, 1978) is a Montreal-based screenwriter, director and producer. He studied film at Concordia University and graphic design at Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2002, he received an award from the advertising agency Sid Lee for the quality of his portfolio. In the years that followed, he worked as an artistic director with this agency and especially for Cirque du Soleil. In this capacity, he helped create award-winning advertising campaigns for shows like "Zumanity", "KÀ" and "Corteo". As an author, Martin Villeneuve has written and created the comic book "La voix du tonnerre", as well as the two acclaimed graphic novels "Mars et Avril". In 2012, he completed his first feature film as writer-director-producer, Mars et Avril, based on his graphic novels and starring Jacques Languirand, Caroline Dhavernas, Paul Ahmarani and Robert Lepage. This striking, effects-laden vision of the future received resounding worldwide acclaim: 4 Canadian Screen Awards nominations (including one for Best Adaptation), 5 Jutra Award nominations, 20 international festivals among the most prestigious (Karlovy Vary, Mumbai, Mill Valley, Whistler, Brussels, etc.) and positive reviews abroad, including that of Variety and The Gazette (4.5 stars out of 5). In addition, the sheer inventiveness of the film's production won Martin an invitation to give a TED Talk (Technology, Entertainment and Design) in Long Beach, California, in February 2013, thereby becoming the first Québécois to do so. His talk, "How I made an impossible film," is now part of TED's movie magic list, featuring famed directors such as James Cameron and J.J. Abrams. The "impossible film" has recently been sold to the U.S., is rated 4 stars out of 5 and is now available on DVD and through major digital platforms. Martin Villeneuve is now working with comic book masters Benoît Sokal and François Schuiten on an animated fantasy feature film, Aquarica.