|ON SET WITH FRENCH CINEMA
Co-presented with Unifrance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and the French Film & TV Department - Consulate General in Los Angeles
The American Cinematheque is thrilled to be part of On Set with
French Cinema, a partnership between Unifrance and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
that brings some of the most exciting voices in contemporary French Cinema into American
Universities for MFA seminars this Fall. The American Cinematheque couldn't pass up this
opportunity to invite these same directors to share their films with our own audiences at
the historic 1922 Egyptian Theatre, while they are visiting Los Angeles.
Join us for screenings and discussions with special guests including
Regis Wargnier (I AM KING OF THE CASTLE, INDOCHINE, EAST/WEST); Patrice Leconte (THE MAN
ON THE TRAIN, THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE, RIDICULE, THE HAIR DRESSERS HUSBAND, MONSIEUR
HIRE) and the Cinematheque's good friend director Agnès Varda (THE GLEANERS AND I,
JACQUOT, VAGABOND, CLEO FROM 5 TO 7).
Regis Wargnier worked as a second unit director with Michel
Deville before making his directorial debut with LA FEMME DE MA VIE. He won international
fame with INDOCHINE and EAST/WEST and has worked with many of France's best leading
actresses, including Catherine Deneuve, Sandrine Bonnaire and Emmanuelle Beart.
Not easily categorized, the highly productive director, Patrice
Leconte, has established himself as one of France's most respected directors. Leconte
made his directorial debut with comedies like the cult LES BRONZES (THE SUNTANNED)
and went on exploring other genres. Leconte received critical success with 1989's MONSIEUR
HIRE, and 1990s THE HAIRDRESSER'S HUSBAND (LE MARI DE LA COIFFEUSE) - but it was
with his 1996 film RIDICULE, that Leconte won the admiration of an international audience
while furthering his reputation as one of the French cinema's most treasured artists. His
most recent films include THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE, THE MAN ON THE TRAIN.
Were thrilled to welcome the talented
director Regis Wargnier in-person on October 7 for a screening of his second feature film,
I AM KING OF THE CASTLE (JE SUIS LE SEIGNEUR DU CHATEAU) and Patrice Leconte In-Person on
October 15 for a double feature of MONSIEUR HIRE and THE HAIRDRESSERS HUSBAND!
To be continued on November 19 with Cinematheques good friend,
director Agnès Varda In-Person at the Egyptian Theatre!
Tuesday October 7 - 8:00 PM
ON SET WITH FRENCH CINEMA: Director Regis Wargnier In Person!
I AM THE KING OF THE CASTLE (JE SUIS
LE SEIGNEUR DU CHATEAU), 1988, Odessa Films, 88 min. With his second feature, director
Regis Wargnier (INDOCHINE, EAST-WEST) explored the world of 12-year-old Thomas
(Régis Arpin) who lives in a gorgeous mansion surrounded by woods in Brittany, France.
After his mothers death, Thomas world is even more disrupted by the arrival of
Charles, the maids son. The boys become enemies at first sight. Thomas decides to
turn Charles' life into hell, making clear to the "invader" just who is the king
of the castle. A lyrical and visually stunning film with an amazing use of
Prokofievs music. With Jean Rochefort and Dominique Blanc. Discussion
following with director Regis Wargnier. (In French with English subtitles.)
Wednesday, October 15 - 7:30 PM
ON SET WITH FRENCH CINEMA: Director Patrice Leconte In-Person!
MONSIEUR HIRE, 1989, Pathe
International, 81 min. Dir. Patrice Leconte. Night after night, Monsieur Hire (Michele
Blanc) spies on his beautiful neighbor (Sandrine Bonnaire), who knows hes
watching her. When a young woman in the neighborhood is murdered, the police immediately
suspect the lonely, middle-aged tailor. A dark, unforgettable study in obsession, desire,
and deviant sexuality.
HAIRDRESSERS HUSBAND (LE MARI DE LA COIFFEUSE), 1990, F.T.D., 82 min.
Dir. Patrice Leconte. At the tender age of 12, Antoines sexual urges are awakened by
the ample charms of a female hairdresser. As a middle-aged man, Antoine (Jean Rochefort)
proposes to a beautiful barber during his first visit to her salon, fulfilling his
childhood dream. A testament to one man's obsession (though it could well be the boy's
fantasy or the grown man's boyish imaginings.) Another - but much lighter - study of
obsession and desire from Patrice Leconte, here simply beautifully hedonistic. Discussion
between films with director Patrice Leconte. (Both films in French with English