French and Francophone Studies Film Series begins Sept. 25

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State French and Francophone Studies Film Series will continue its free showings this fall semester on selected Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.  in 113 Carnegie. Free to the public, all films are subtitled in English.

The fall semester schedule is:

-- Sept. 25: "Le Bonheur D’Elza (Elza)" by Mariette Monpierre  

Elza, a talented university graduate leaves Paris, despite her mother’s objections, to return to Guadeloupe, her birthplace. The film is a searing melodrama uncovering the racial prejudices that still exist among formerly colonized peoples, and as a luxuriant, inspiring tale of one young woman’s quest to understand her past in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

-- Oct.  30: "Apres Mai (Something in the Air)" by Olivier Assayas  

Set in the early 1970s, this bracing semi-autobiographical film resists easy nostalgia, focusing instead on the turbulence of one’s late teens and early 20s. A high-school student named Gilles was born too late to take part in the insurrections of May 1968 but is still consumed with revolutionary zeal.

-- Nov. 20: "Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat)" by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux

Based on co-director Joann Sfar’s popular comic book series of the same name, "The Rabbi’s Cat" features a remarkable, if hairless and giant-eared, feline at its center. This wryly philosophical, beautifully drawn, meticulously detailed animated film takes place during the 1920s and 1930s in Algiers, where the kitty is preparing for his bar mitzvah.

The series is sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Department, the College of the Liberal Arts, the Institute for the Arts & Humanities, the Women’s Studies Department, the Jewish Studies Program and the Alliance Française de State College et de University Park.

For more information, go to or contact the French and Francophone Studies Department at 814-865-1492.


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Last Updated September 17, 2013