French Film Series
January 22: "Quai d'Orsay" / "The French Minister" @ 7:30pm
Runtime: 113 minutes
Doors slam and papers fly in this off-the-wall comedy about French politics directed by master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier. Tavernier's blistering assault zeroes in on fictional Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms. A human whirlwind and a man confident in France's importance on the world stage, de Vorms takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and the opportunistic Chinese while his hapless speech writer endures the eccentricities of his megalomaniacal boss and his sycophantic entourage. In the vein of recent political comedies such as In the Loop, The French Minister is a hilarious send-up of diplomacy and international politics with rapid-fire dialogue and a brilliant ensemble cast.
January 24: "Le chat du rabbin" / "The Rabbi's Cat" @ 3:00pm
Runtime: 100 minutes
Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism.
January 24: "Le passe" / "The Past" @ 7:30pm
Runtime: 130 minutes
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.