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Movie Nights

Our film series features the latest French and Francophone movies, often in advance screenings, and reflects the vitality of the cinema of France, regarded by many as the birthplace of the art.

6:30 PM

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  • Free and Open to the Public

Feb. 6: Children Of Paradise

Marcel Carné
3h 9min
Drama, Romance
All ages
Film in French with English subtitles

"Les Enfants was to 30s French cinema what Gone With The Wind was to American cinema: a fully realised expression, and also the death-knell for a certain kind of cinema some people wish we still had now." - Richard Roud.

Considered one of the greatest French films of all time, Children of Paradise revives 19th century France through its characters, drama and poetry. It tells the story of an actress loved by four men based on four different historical figures. The film immortalizes Jean-Gaspard Debureau (interpreted by Jean-Louis Barrault), famous mime who re-popularized the stock character Pierrot. In 2012, Pathé launched a major restoration of the film, greatly improving its sound and image quality.
The screening of this film coincides with our Artist in Residence program for the month of February. Ivan Bacciocchi, Director of the International School of Dramatic Corporeal Arts, and Natalie Stadelmann, Master of the Art of Dramatic Corporeal,  lead a weeklong residency with our eighth graders on the theme of Pierrot.
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Past Movie Nights

The Young Karl Marx by Raoul Peck

Oscar-nominated director Raoul Peck tells the story of how 26 year-old Karl Marx develops his vision for a world dominated by industrialization and the working-class. While visiting Paris in 1844, Marx meets philosopher Friedrich Engels. Together, they publish a series of books that reflect on Western Europe's social change and become the leaders of the first modern labor movement.

Bloody Milk by Hubert Charuel

Premiering as a special screening at during Cannes Critics’ Week 2017, Bloody Milk examines the life of a modern-day family farmer in a world of agribusiness. Pierre is a thirty-five year old dairy farmer who devotes his life to the farm he took over from his parents. When an epidemic breaks out in France, he gets worried: if one cow gets infected, the whole herd will have to be slaughtered. He cannot lose his cows or his farm - he has nothing else. When he discovers that one of his animals is ill, he does what he must to save his herd.

Love, Simon by Greg Berlanti

Simon Spier has the perfect life: good friends, a loving family, a typical high school. But he has one secret: he has yet to tell his family that he's gay. As he falls in love with an anonymous classmate online, Simon's life is about to change forever. Love, Simon is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to focus on gay teenage romance.

Le Brio by Yvan Attal

Singer-turned-actress Camelia Jordana stars alongside Daniel Auteuil in Le Brio, an inspirational story about a young Neila Salah (Jordana) who dreams of becoming a lawyer by attending the Pantheon-Assas University in Paris. On her first day of class, she is challenged by a controversial and provocative professor, Pierre Mazard (Auteuil), in front of the entire amphitheater. This incident prompts the university president to intervene, and in order to redeem himself, Mazard must train Neila for the prestigious concours d'éloquenceA Q&A session with Yvan Attal followed the movie.

Loin des hommes by David Oelhoffen

 Based on Albert Camus' short story "L'Hôte", Far From Men tells the story of an isolated schoolteacher living in 1954 Algeria forced to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murdering his cousin, to a jail in a neighboring town. The movie explores the relationship between the two men in the context of decolonization and the nationalist struggle between the French and the Algerians. The film moves away from the mystery maintained in the original story, and instead adds significant detail to the characters' lives, motives and underlying historical forces.