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Montparnasse Bienvenüe

By Léonor Serraille
2017 – France – 97 min

As part of the international film series "Films Across Borders: Stories of Women", the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the screening of Montparnasse Bienvenüe.

Léonor Serraille’s debut feature isn’t the first French film to follow a young woman lost in the city, flirting with madness following a difficult break-up. But it may well be the most surprising and most honest, snapping in and out of a comedic tone to reveal an honest portrait of someone in genuine distress. This non-conformist gem begins as thirtysomething Paula arrives back in Paris after ten years away, recently dumped by her famous photographer boyfriend, and totally adrift. She’s also spontaneous, a chameleon who adapts as the circumstances dedicate. Through a series of random encounters and haphazard situations, Serraille captures the fickleness of a generation faced with a precarious future. And yet one feels uplifted, in no small part due to Laetitia Dosch’s brave, delightfully unhinged performance as Paula.

Léonor Serraille and her female  film crew  have received multiple awards, including the Caméra d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, which rewards the best feature film of the year written by a debut director.

In French with English subtitles

The screening will be followed by an end-of-the-year wine reception.

Films Across Borders: Stories of Women is presented by American University, National Gallery of Art, AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, Mexican Cultural Institute, Cultural Services of French Embassy, SPAIN arts & culture, Goethe-Institut Washington, House of Sweden, DC Labor Fest, Immigration Film Fest, Women in Film and Video, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Vital Voices.

Find the complete series schedule on https://www.american.edu/soc/Films-Across-Borders/

 

 

 

This film is part of Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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