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SEVEN WOMEN: SEVEN DECADES OF ALLIANCE FRANCAISE THROUGH SEVEN FILMS BY WOMEN 

PRESENTED BY

THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF WASHINGTON DC AND CAHIERS DU CINÉMA

In partnership with: The National Gallery of Art – Film Department, The Avalon Theatre, American Film Institute, Film at Lincoln Center, UniFrance, The Film Services of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in NYC,  The REACH at The Kennedy Center, and La Maison Française.

The Alliance Française celebrates its seventieth birthday with a series of francophone films directed by women. Programmed by illustrious French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, the series is inspired by Cahiers’s special issue Une histoire des réalisatrices, an alternative history of 20thcentury film through movies by women. Ranging from established classics by Agnès Varda, the first filmmaker of the French New Wave, and Safi Faye, the first woman to direct a commercially distributed feature in sub-Saharan Africa, to a rediscovered marvel by Virginie Thévenet, a central figure of the ebullient nightlife and art scene of 1980s Paris, the series also includes essential works by Marguerite Duras and Chantal Akerman and Claire Denis’s beloved 35 Shots of Rum. The week will conclude with the area premiere of Patricia Mazuy’s Paul Sanchez Is Back!, a fiery depiction of present-day French reality in the guise of a darkly comedic contemporary western. Director Patricia Mazuy will be present for the screening of her film and Cahiers contributors Nicholas Elliott and /or Paola Raiman will introduce each screening, with additional guests to be announced.

Programmed by Nicholas Elliott, New York correspondent, Cahiers du Cinéma, and Sarah Diligenti, Executive Director, Alliance Française of Washington DC.

Special Thanks to:

Florence Almozini, Film at Lincoln Center – NYC;

Safi Faye, Movie Director;

Amélie Garin-Davet, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, NYC;

Nicolas Godeau-Esway, Elle Driver SAS Films;

Todd Hitchcock, American Film Institute;

Bob Hunter, Icarus Films;

François-Pascal Iweins, TitraFilms;

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Artistic Director of Social Impact, The REACH at The Kennedy Center;

Juliette Le Ruyet, Elle Driver SAS Films;

Paige Lester, Coordinator, Creative Initiatives Leadership / Programming, The REACH at The Kennedy Center;

Patricia Mazuy, Movie Director;

Andrew Mencher, The Avalon Theater;

Adeline Monzier, UniFrance;

Peggy Parsons, Curator, Film, National Gallery of Art;

Joanna Raczynska, Film Programmer, National Gallery of Art; 

Paola Raiman, Cahiers du Cinéma;

David Schwartz, Consulting Film Programmer, The REACH at The Kennedy Center;

Dr. Jean-Jacques Taty, Howard University;

Rachael Ward, Artistic Planning Assistant, The REACH at The Kennedy Center;

Maddie Whittle, Film at Lincoln Center - NYC;

Marie-Helene Zavala, La Maison Française at the French Embassy.

And especially to Nicholas Elliott, Cahiers du Cinema, 

for believing in the project and the partnership from the very start!

FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Monday, November 11, 3:00 pm at the National Gallery of Art, Lecture Hall of the West Building

La pointe courte (1954), by Agnès Varda | 86 min | France | in French with English subtitles

Registration not required. First come, first seated. Please refer to the NGR website for more details.

Film Festival

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm, at Alliance Française of Washington, DC

Détruire, dit-elle (1969), by Marguerite Duras | 100 min | France | in French without subtitles

AFDC members: $5 + Eventbrite fees; Non-members: $10 - Eventbrite fees. Register here

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Wednesday, November 13, 8:00 pm, at the Avalon Theatre

De l’autre côté (2002), by Chantal Akerman |103 min | France, Belgium, Australia, Finland | in French, English, Spanish with English subtitles

Post-screening Q&A with Festival programmer Nicholas Elliott!

To get your ticket, please go to the Avalon Theatre's website.

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Thursday, November 14, 7:15 pm, at the American Film Institute

35 rhums (2008), by Claire Denis | 100 min | France, Germany | in French and German with English subtitles

To get your ticket, please go to the American Film Institute's website

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Friday, November 15, 7:00 pm, at AFDC

La nuit porte-jarretelles (1985), by Virginie Thevenet | 85 min | France | in French without subtitles

Post-screening discussion with Paola Raiman, a world-wide specialist on Virginie Thevenet, and Nicholas Elliott, a New York correspondent with Cahiers du Cinema. 

AFDC members: $5 + Eventbrite fees; Non-members: $10 - Eventbrite fees. Register here.

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Monday, November 18, 7:00 pm, at La Maison Française at the French Embassy

Paul Sanchez est revenu! (2018), by Patricia Mazuy |110 min | France, Belgium | in French with English subtitles

Post-screening discussion with the director, Patricia Mazuy, at the closing ceremony! 

AFDC members: $5 + Eventbrite fees; Non-members: $10 + Eventbrite fees. Register here.

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CANCELED (TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR 2020)

Fad, Jal (1979), by Safi Faye | 112 min | France, Senegal | in Serer with English subtitles

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