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Film Series: Comics Screens

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy are pleased to present their first film series of 2018: “Comics Screens”. While American comics are securing popularity and prestige in France, French comics, also called bandes dessinées, and French romans graphiques are becoming more popular in the United States than ever before. Some of them have been successfully adapted to the screen. This series will offer a broad view of France’s best next-generation bande dessinée adaptations.

All films are in French with English subtitles.These films are recommended for a mature audience.

The Rabbi’s Cat / Le Chat du Rabbin by Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux
2011 – France – 100 min
January 9
| 7:00 p.m.

Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the story of a talking cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat – and filmmaker Sfar – spare no group or individual as they skewer faith, tradition and authority in a provocative exploration of God, lust, death, phrenology, religious intolerance, interspecies love, and the search for truth.

Adapted from The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar.

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The French Minister/Quai d'Orsay by Bertrand Tavernier
2013 – France – 114 min
January 23
| 7:00 p.m.

Alexandre Taillard de Worms is Minister of Foreign Affairs in the land of the Enlightenment: France. He is a powerful thinker, fighting with the back up of the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficiency. He fights against American neo-conservatists, corrupt Russians, and greedy Chinese. Although the world doesn't deserve France's generosity of spirit, Taillard de Worms' art feels cramped within the nation's borders. Arthur Vlaminck, a young academic preparing his PhD, is hired by the minister. To put it plainly, he must write the great man's speeches. But first he must learn how to deal with the prince's moods and his entourage, forging a place between his cabinet director and advisers who haunt the Quai d'Orsay, where stress, ambition and underhand tactics are all part of operations. Just when he glimpses the world's fate, he is threatened by the technocrats' inertia.

Adapted from Quai d'Orsay by Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac.

This screening replaces Rosalie Blum by Julien Rappeneau.

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Aya of Yop City / Aya de Yopougon by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie
2015 – France – 95 min
Februrary 13
| 7:00 p.m.

Aya of Yop City is a lighthearted story about life on the Ivory Coast during the 1970s, a particularly thriving and wealthy time in the country's history. 19-year-old Aya lives in Yopougon, a working class neighborhood in Abidjan that was renamed Yop City to be "like in an American film." Despite their joyfulness, Aya and her friends begin to make serious decisions about their future. Things go awry when Adjoua, Aya's best friend, becomes pregnant...

Adapted from Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie.

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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud
2007 – France – 95 min
February 27
| 7:00 p.m.

1978 in Teheran: Marjane, 8 years old, grew up in a modern and cultivated family. She follows with exaltation the events that will lead to the revolution and to the fall of the Chah. With the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Marjane's life will change. She dreams of becoming a revolutionary. Soon, the war in Iran brings hardships and death. This heartbreaking true story of a childhood coinciding with regime change and war in Iran is the story of Marjane Satrapi who directed the film.

Adapted from Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi.

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