Screen/Society--French Film Festival--"The Sea Wall" [7:30pm]
The Sea Wall
(Rithy Panh, 2009, 115 min, Color, France, in French with English subtitles, Color, 35mm)
-- Introduced by Prof. Anne-Gaëlle Saliot, Dept. of Romance Studies!
An adaptation of a Marguerite Duras novel, the vision of Cambodian director Rithy Panh, and the performance of Isabelle Huppert, create a riveting family saga in 1930's Indochina. A widow struggles to save her land from the sea wall while her son struggles to break free from his family, and her daughter, like Duras herself, is beguiled by her Chinese lover. But it is the workers in the rice paddies who are at the heart of the film. Panh portrays the anonymous colonial history through memories of the genocide of his own people by the Khmer regime.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Center for French and Francophone Studies, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), and the Department of Romance Studies.