French Film Series features four critically acclaimed motion pictures

Still from the French Film Le Bonheur D’Elza.
August 26, 2014

The Department of Foreign Languages once again sponsors a free series of French language films in September. The four screenings all begin at 5 p.m. in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science. All films are in French with English subtitles.

Couleur de Peau: Miel PosterWed., Sept. 3
Couleur de Peau: Miel/Approved for Adoption

(2012, 74 minutes, not rated)

This autobiographical documentary is adapted from the graphic novel by visual artist Jung. Born in South Korea, Jung was raised in Belgium by white parents. The film combines animation, archival footage and documentary sequences of Jung returning to South Korea as an adult. The film is codirected with Laurent Boileau.

Communication professor Richard Brett and Sociology professor Debra Lemke lead a post-screening discussion.


Le Bonheur D’Elza PosterTues., Sept. 9
Le Bonheur D’Elza/Elza

(2012, 78 minutes, not rated)

This 2012 Roxbury International Film Festival winner for “Best Narrative Feature” is based on the director’s true story of searching for her biological father. Despite her mother’s objections, Elza leaves Paris for the Caribbean, where the discovery of some unexpected and stark realities brings her to terms with her own identity.

Foreign Language professor Silvia Baage leads a post-screening discussion.


Le Démantèlement PosterMon., Sept. 15
Le Démantèlement/The Auction

(2013, 111 minutes, not rated)

An aging farmer decides to abandon the only life he as ever known when his eldest daughter shows up to the family farm in desperate need of money. Willing to sacrifice his farm for his family, he faces the challenges of dismantling his lifestyle. The film is critically acclaimed having received 2013 Cannes Film Festival SACD Award, among others.


Une Bouteille à la Mer PosterWed., Sept. 24
Une Bouteille à la Mer/A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

(2013, 99 minutes, not rated)

Tal lives in Jeruslaem. Naïm lives in Gaza. Based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti, this hopeful drama follows the turbulent long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change.

Foreign language professor Mohamed Esa leads a post-screening discussion.