THURSDAY, MARCH 26 – 6:45 PM – 2H01 – MATURE AUDIENCE
Presentation by and discussion with director and screenwriter Jean-Loup Hubert and VCU English Department Chair Dr. Catherine Ingrassia
After being wounded somewhere in the Argonne trenches in autumn 1915, Simon and a handful of his companions are transferred to a hospital behind the lines. A world away from the front. A place out of time, a peninsula of sand and rock caught between sky and sea. A peaceful almost unreal world for these soldiers who have returned from the abyss that almost devoured them. . . Here, wounds heal and the men rediscover life, desire and dreams.
A few weeks or months of convalescence before returning to the war. A respite, a parenthesis in time where everything is exaggerated and absolute in an attempt to escape death’s terrifying clutches. Simon meets Marthe and loves her in this manner, without limits. He lives.
CAST & CREW
DIRECTOR Jean-Loup Hubert
CINEMATOGRAPHER Jean-Marie Dreujou
SCREENWRITER Jean-Loup Hubert
COSTUME DESIGNER Annick François
PRODUCER Jean-François Lepetit
STARRING Clotilde Courau, Guillaume Depardieu, Bernard Giraudeau, Thérèse Liotard, Gérard
Jugnot, Serge Riaboukine, Loïc Corbery, Charlotte Faivre
PRODUCTION LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 2h01min
Special screening in memory of Dr. Richard K. Priebe sponsored by his colleagues from the VCU English Department
Save the date of April 16th for a special dinner paired with rare bottles from Dr. Richard K. Priebe’s wine cellar donated to the Festival. Contact Secco Wine Bar (seccowinebar.com) for dinner tickets and more information.