The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in collaboration with the French-American Cultural Foundation, present a retrospective of Emmanuelle Riva, the highly-praised French actress who is perhaps best known for her starring role in Hiroshima mon amour (1959), directed by Alain Resnais and written by Marguerite Duras. 

Three films are included in this retrospective: Amour (2012), Liberté, la nuit (1983) and Léon Morin, prêtre (1961), which will be screened in French with English subtitles.

About Emmanuelle Riva 

Riva was born in Cheniménil, France and grew up in Remiremont. An only child, her parents wished for her to learn the simple values of life. But young Riva wanted more. Wishing to become an actress, Riva kept her dream alive even after completing her training as seamstress. 

Her grand moment finally arrived when 26 year-old Riva discovered the announcement of an acting contest at the Dramatic Arts Center of Rue Blanche in Paris. Standing up to her parents to explain her desire to participate, Riva left her town for the City of Lights. 

The result of her audition in front of Jean Meyer, one of the leading actors and directors of the Comédie-Française, was in her favor. Riva wooed the judges with her poignant, expressive performance. She was awarded a scholarship and became pupil of Meyer. An rising actress was born. 

Amour (2012)

On March 10th, Amour will be screened. Directed by Michael Haneke, the film tells the story of two retired professors of music, Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant). Leading a rather quiet life from their apartment in Paris, this couple in their 80s have a daughter, Eva (Isabelle Huppert), who lives abroad. This seemingly peaceful family setup changes abruptly when Anne suffers from a stroke. But when she is back home from the hospital, Anne is no longer the same: she is now half-paralysed. 

At first, Georges counts on the services provided by a nurse, yet soon becomes unsatisfied with her style as a care-taker. At this point, Georges decides to take care of Anne on his own, and aside from occasional help from another couple, the lives of Anne and Georges become even more quiet than ever; and as Anne's health declines, Georges resorts to his most precious memories. Amour won the Palme d'Or in 2012 as well as the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.  

For ticket reservations, please click here.

Liberté, la nuit (1983)

The following day, on March 11th, the screening of Liberté, la nuit will take place. In this poignant film directed by Philippe Garrel and set during the Algerian war for independence in the 1950s and early 1960s, Jean (Maurice Garrel) covertly works for the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN), the Algerian independence fighters. Unknowingly, he falls in love with Mouche (Emmanuelle Riva) who is also an undercover for the FLN. But when Jean witnesses her assassination by the hands of the Algerian Secret Army Organization, he becomes devastated. 

The armed conflict eventually comes to an end, as does Jean's sorrow for he meets a French-Algerian woman named Gemina (Christine Boisson), and begins a relationship with her. With national peace restored, Jean wishes to attain the same level of tranquility in his heart. The comma in the film's title is no coincidence: it separates two crucial moments of endurance in Jean's life, parallel to the evolution of French-Algerian politics. Liberté, la nuit won the Perspectives of Cinema award at the Festival de Cannes of 1984. 

For ticket reservations, please click here

Léon Morin, prêtre (1961)

The third and final film in this retrospective, Léon Morin, prêtre screens on March 17th. This film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville is based on the autobiographical novel by Béatrix Beck about the widow of a Jewish Communist. Starring Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Paul Belmondo, the film takes place in a small French village occupied by the Nazis. With the townsmen gone, the women are left alone to take care of their homes and their children. 

When Barny (Emmanuelle Riva) enters a church and steps into the confessional, she repeats Marx's dictum to the priest, that religion is the opiate of the people. In a rather surprising way, Léon Morin (Jean-Paul Belmondo) responds openly to her remark, suggesting that they continue this discussion. Father Morin and Barny begin to meet regularly, holding not only deep theological discussions but also increasing physical contact that reflects the repressed sexual desires of both characters. 

For ticket reservations, please click here

This film cycle is part of the programming of this year's Festival de la Francophonie.

The Kenney Center will present the U.S. premiere of Savannah Bay, a theater production directed by Didier Bezace and featuring Emmanuelle Riva and Anne Consigny. 

Savannah Bay will be presented at The Kennedy Center by the Théâtre de l'Atelier in French with projected English titles. Performances will take place from March 19 - 22 at 7:30 p.m. 

This programming is part of The Kennedy Center's 2014 World Stages International Theater Festival

For more information and ticket reservations, please click here

Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC 20009

An Emmanuelle Riva Retrospective

When
March 10, 11 and 17, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Where
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in collaboration with the French-American Cultural Foundation, present a retrospective of Emmanuelle Riva, the highly-praised French actress who is perhaps best known for her starring role in Hiroshima mon amour (1959), directed by Alain Resnais and written by Marguerite Duras. 

Three films are included in this retrospective: Amour (2012), Liberté, la nuit (1983) and Léon Morin, prêtre (1961), which will be screened in French with English subtitles.

About Emmanuelle Riva 

Riva was born in Cheniménil, France and grew up in Remiremont. An only child, her parents wished for her to learn the simple values of life. But young Riva wanted more. Wishing to become an actress, Riva kept her dream alive even after completing her training as seamstress. 

Her grand moment finally arrived when 26 year-old Riva discovered the announcement of an acting contest at the Dramatic Arts Center of Rue Blanche in Paris. Standing up to her parents to explain her desire to participate, Riva left her town for the City of Lights. 

The result of her audition in front of Jean Meyer, one of the leading actors and directors of the Comédie-Française, was in her favor. Riva wooed the judges with her poignant, expressive performance. She was awarded a scholarship and became pupil of Meyer. An rising actress was born. 

Amour (2012)

On March 10th, Amour will be screened. Directed by Michael Haneke, the film tells the story of two retired professors of music, Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant). Leading a rather quiet life from their apartment in Paris, this couple in their 80s have a daughter, Eva (Isabelle Huppert), who lives abroad. This seemingly peaceful family setup changes abruptly when Anne suffers from a stroke. But when she is back home from the hospital, Anne is no longer the same: she is now half-paralysed. 

At first, Georges counts on the services provided by a nurse, yet soon becomes unsatisfied with her style as a care-taker. At this point, Georges decides to take care of Anne on his own, and aside from occasional help from another couple, the lives of Anne and Georges become even more quiet than ever; and as Anne's health declines, Georges resorts to his most precious memories. Amour won the Palme d'Or in 2012 as well as the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.  

For ticket reservations, please click here.

Liberté, la nuit (1983)

The following day, on March 11th, the screening of Liberté, la nuit will take place. In this poignant film directed by Philippe Garrel and set during the Algerian war for independence in the 1950s and early 1960s, Jean (Maurice Garrel) covertly works for the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN), the Algerian independence fighters. Unknowingly, he falls in love with Mouche (Emmanuelle Riva) who is also an undercover for the FLN. But when Jean witnesses her assassination by the hands of the Algerian Secret Army Organization, he becomes devastated. 

The armed conflict eventually comes to an end, as does Jean's sorrow for he meets a French-Algerian woman named Gemina (Christine Boisson), and begins a relationship with her. With national peace restored, Jean wishes to attain the same level of tranquility in his heart. The comma in the film's title is no coincidence: it separates two crucial moments of endurance in Jean's life, parallel to the evolution of French-Algerian politics. Liberté, la nuit won the Perspectives of Cinema award at the Festival de Cannes of 1984. 

For ticket reservations, please click here

Léon Morin, prêtre (1961)

The third and final film in this retrospective, Léon Morin, prêtre screens on March 17th. This film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville is based on the autobiographical novel by Béatrix Beck about the widow of a Jewish Communist. Starring Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Paul Belmondo, the film takes place in a small French village occupied by the Nazis. With the townsmen gone, the women are left alone to take care of their homes and their children. 

When Barny (Emmanuelle Riva) enters a church and steps into the confessional, she repeats Marx's dictum to the priest, that religion is the opiate of the people. In a rather surprising way, Léon Morin (Jean-Paul Belmondo) responds openly to her remark, suggesting that they continue this discussion. Father Morin and Barny begin to meet regularly, holding not only deep theological discussions but also increasing physical contact that reflects the repressed sexual desires of both characters. 

For ticket reservations, please click here

This film cycle is part of the programming of this year's Festival de la Francophonie.

The Kenney Center will present the U.S. premiere of Savannah Bay, a theater production directed by Didier Bezace and featuring Emmanuelle Riva and Anne Consigny. 

Savannah Bay will be presented at The Kennedy Center by the Théâtre de l'Atelier in French with projected English titles. Performances will take place from March 19 - 22 at 7:30 p.m. 

This programming is part of The Kennedy Center's 2014 World Stages International Theater Festival

For more information and ticket reservations, please click here

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