Friday, November 13, 2009

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING

November 14th, 2009
Lieux Mêmes

3:00 PM


CHEMIN DE CENDRES

Dir. Bertrand Carrière (Canada: 2009) 9 min. 40 sec.


Chemins de cendres, a project that developed out of an ongoing photo series “Lieux Mêmes” retraces images of the Western Front taken by an unknown Canadian photographer during the First World War. Projected as a dual-frame display, the video juxtaposes still video shots of current day sites related to the WW1 -battlefields, rubble-strewn streets, soldier’s portraits in cemeteries, against travel views through train windows in France and Belgium. Opposing stillness and motion, the video becomes a journey of visual and sound contrasts between fixed historical narratives and the changing views of modern memory.


A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT

Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France: 2004) 133 min.


Five desperate men shoot themselves in order to be relieved from the horrifying frontline at the Somme, in WWI. A court-martial decides to punish them by leaving them alone in no-man's land, to be killed in the crossfire. The fiancée of one of these men, Methilde (Audrey Tautou), receives information that makes her suspect her love may have gotten away alive. Methilde embarks on a painful, long and often frustrating journey to find out the truth. This task is not made any easier due to a bout she had with polio as a child, leaving her unable to walk. What follows is an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war, and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart.

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