French Film Series: "La France"
Sat, April 19, 2014 • 3:00 PM • Harry Ransom Center
La France (2007)
Directed by Serge Bozon.
Winner of the Prix Jean Vigo in 2007, Serge Bozon’s La France is a film about the search for a new homeland. Camille, dressed as a 17-year- old boy, sets off with a group of vagabond soldiers in her journey to find her husband at the front. A visually stunning example of the recent French pop-art cinema, Bozon highlights the materiality of the film by setting live recorded pop songs amidst the backdrop of the Great War. In this film, Bozon reinvents “the last classical American genre,” using Bertohld Brecht’s performance device of distancing effect to alienate the spectator and to generate a critically engaged viewer who cannot remain passive in front of the big screen.
Introduced by University of Texas graduate student Meredith Lehman.
Runtime 102 minutes.
This screening is made possible by the French Embassy's Centers of Excellence grant, in partnership with the Center for European Studies, the Harry Ransom Center, Institut Français and the Department of French and Italian.