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Seuls en Scène Festival | Princeton U. Wallace Theater - Lewis Center For The Arts Princeton University 120 Alexander St, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Christophe Hutin at the CAB Chicago Architecture Biennial Graham Foundation Madlener House 4 West Burton Place Chicago, Illinois 60610

A Very Berri Christmas

Image: "Jean de Florette" directed by Claude Berri

Berri is surely the only French filmmaker to have won an Academy Award at the start of his career—for his 1962 short Le Poulet. A veritable film industry impresario, in addition to directing 21 films, he produced 58 features, set up distribution company AMLF in 1973, and was appointed President of the Cinémathèque Française in 2003. As producer he mixed domestic box-office smashes like Welcome to the Sticks with films d’auteur by the likes of Garrel, Pialat, Polanski, Téchiné, and Kechiche. He broke into films with small acting roles in films by Chabrol, Becker, Clouzot, and Renoir among others, and in fact continued to act throughout his career. Indeed, initially he was a triple-threat actor-writer-director, playing a character called Claude in five semi-autobiographical comedy-dramas.

Firmly ensconced in the mainstream, his directing career couldn’t be further from the New Wave and post-New Wave cinema. While a handful of his early films received U.S. distribution, for the most part his light comedy dramas of the 1970s and early 1980s remain unknown to American audiences. All this changed with his international breakthrough in 1987 with the classic Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources diptych, which marked a new phase in his career as he pivoted to a series of large-scale period dramas rooted in French heritage.

This retrospective shows a selection of films from both halves of Berri’s career in conjunction with the Quad's 50th anniversary presentation of his celebrated first film The Two of Us.


Screenings

The Two of Us
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1967
Runtime: 87 mins
In French with English subtitles
Opening Friday, December 22
US premiere of 4K restoration - Exclusive New York Engagement

The First Time - (La première fois)
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1976
Runtime: 83 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Saturday, December 30 - 2:55pm
> Monday, January 1 - 5:15pm
> Wednesday, January 3 - 5:00pm

Manon of the Spring - (Manon des sources)
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1986
Runtime: 113 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Friday, December 29 - 4:55pm - 9:10pm
> Sunday, December 31 - 8:45pm
> Monday, January 1 - 2:55pm

Jean de Florette
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1986
Runtime: 121 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Friday, December 29 - 2:00pm -6:45pm
> Sunday, December 31 - 6:15pm
> Monday, January 1 - 12:30pm

Uranus
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1990
Runtime: 100 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Sunday, December 31 - 4:05pm
> Tuesday, January 2 - 5:00pm

Male of the Century (Le mal du siècle)
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1975
Runtime: 88 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Saturday, December 30 - 1:00pm
> Tuesday, January 2 - 7:05pm

In a Wild Moment (Un moment d'égarement)
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1977
Runtime: 81 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Monday, January 1

Le Sex Shop
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1972
Runtime: 92 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Monday, January 1 - 9:05pm
> Wednesday, January 3 - 6:50pm

Germinal
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1993
Runtime: 160 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Monday, January 1 - 7:05pm
> Tuesday, January 2 - 1:00pm

Je vous aime
Directed by Claude Berri
Year: 1980
Runtime: 95 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Monday, January 1 - 7:05pm
> Tuesday, January 2 - 9:05pm
> Thursday, January 4 - 8:45pm

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