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Friday, May 13, 2016
9:00 AM


Logan Center, Screening Room 201



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Film Studies Center


The Film Studies Center presents a screening of "Un lac" with director Philippe Grandrieux in attendance.

Un lac has the profound simplicity of a folk tale. A young woodcutter plagued by seizures and his sister/soul mate find their isolated lives disturbed by the arrival of a young stranger. The calm and quiet of Un lac is just as radical as the audiovisual assault of Grandrieux’s first two films (Sombre and La Vie nouvelle), with a number of extreme close-ups used to capture the intense tenderness of lives lived with much unsaid, but not unexpressed. The precursors of such cinematic attention to affect are Murnau, Dreyer, Bresson and Tarkovsky, but the use of light and shadow, sound and silence is uniquely Grandrieux. Followed by a conversation between Philippe Grandrieux and Raymond Bellour.

(Philippe Grandrieux, France, 2009, 85 min., 35mm print courtesy of the Harvard Film Archive)

Philippe Grandrieux is an artist who works in feature film, experimental television, video art, documentary, and museum and gallery installation. His films have screened at the Locarno Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Festival du nouveau cinéma of Montréal, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Film retrospectives, installations, and performances have taken place around the world, including at the Centre Pompidou Metz, Lincoln Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in Cambridge, MA.

In partnership with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies; the France Chicago Center; the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative; Critical Inquiry; and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality’s Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project.