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Hiroshima Mon Amour

By Alain Resnais
1959 – France – 91 min
June 25 | 7:00 p.m.

As part of the film series "Les Femmes Essentielles," the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present a screening of the film ​Hiroshima Mon Amour.

Emmanuelle Riva (1927-2017) epitomized a new kind of female star, more realistic and intellectual, in contrast with the stereotype of Bardot. After her star-making turn in Hiroshima Mon Amour, Riva appeared opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in Melville's Léon Morin, Priest. In 2012, Riva starred in Michael Haneke's Amour, with Jean-Louis Trintignant, a role for which Riva received a multitude of awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and César and BAFTA Awards for Best Actress.

In Alain Resnais' groundbreaking work of the New Wave, Riva portrays a French actress researching a role in post-war Hiroshima. She enters into an affair with a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) while experiencing flashbacks of a doomed wartime tryst with a German soldier. Marguerite Duras, one of France’s greatest modern novelists, wrote the screenplay (Academy Award nomination, 1959). Thanks to Riva's profound subtlety in a very great role, Hiroshima Mon Amour became a moody masterwork that delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish.

In French with English subtitles

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