Film preview: Pour une femme with director
Screening followed by discussion with the director
Acclaimed French filmmaker Diane Kurys presents her latest film, Pour une femme, before its U.S. theatrical release on May 2, and discusses the autobiographical nature of her cinematic work--specifically Jewish identity in post-World War II France--which links her to the films of directors including Claude Miller and Alexandre Arcady.
About Pour une femme, The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Inspired by the director's own family history, this beautifully crafted historical melodrama goes back and forth between the immediate postwar period and 1980s France, when a young director (Sylvie Testud) tries to write a screenplay inspired by the story of her parents. French stars Nicolas Duvauchelle and Benoit Magimel play Ukrainian-born but France-raised siblings, with Melanie Thierry playing the latter's young wife." The fictional alter ego of Kurys's mother was previously incarnated by French stars Nathalie Baye in C'est La Vie (1990) and Isabelle Huppert in Entre Nous.
The Maison Francaise will also screen Kurys's first film, Peppermint Soda (Diabolo Menthe) on May 7 at 6 p.m. in the East Gallery, Buell Hall
This special event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Franaise and School of the Arts, with support provided by the Knapp Family Foundation.