Join us for a fun night of French & American Cinema celebrating Women in front and behind the camera!
She for S.H.E and Uptown Flicks invite you to a double feature night :
- 6:30 pm: Montparnasse bienvenue (Jeune Femme - in French with English subtitles) by first-time filmmaker Léonor Serraille is a a clever, wise, wildly unsentimental and hilarious portrait of a young woman learning how to be herself.
The film won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival which awards the best first feature of the festival. 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
- 9 pm: Thelma & Louise, the feminist road movie classic by Ridley Scott, starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis & Harvey Keitel. It's a rare occasion to discover or watch again on a big screen this gleefully offbeat road movie in which two women exult in the heady freedom of America's lonesome highways.
Attendees are welcome to join for a cocktail party with complimentary food & wine in the Maysles Cinema lounge after the 6:30pm screening and before the 9pm screening!
This event is done with the support of UniFrance.
- Admission for one screening + complimentary food & wine : $20
- Double Feature Package + complimentary food & wine : $30
About the movies
6:30pm : MONTPARNASSE BIENVENUE (JEUNE FEMME) - In French with English subtitles
Director: Léonor Seraille
Cast: Laetitia Dosch, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Léonie Simaga, Nathalie Richard, Erika Sainte
Details: 2017. France. 97 min. Color. Drama.
Montparnasse Bienvenue isn’t the first French film to follow a young woman lost in the city, flirting with madness after the end of a relationship. But it may well be the most surprising—and the most honest—in its way of snapping in and out of a keenly-observed comedic tone to reveal a more unvarnished portrait of a person in genuine distress. This non-conformist gem begins with thirtysomething Paula arriving back in Paris after ten years, recently dumped by her rich and famous photographer boyfriend, and now totally adrift, alone with a suitcase and her cat. Paula has to fall back on her chameleon-like ability to adapt to circumstances, pretending to be a stranger’s old school-friend to get a place to sleep for the night or claiming to be an art student to get an au pair job. Through these random encounters and haphazard situations, a picture takes shape of a generation faced with an unprecedentedly precarious future. And yet one walks away feeling uplifted, in no small part due to Laetitia Dosch’s deliciously unhinged, fearless performance as Paula. Montparnasse Bienvenue won the Caméra d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
9pm : THELMA & LOUISE
Director : Ridley Scott
Cast : Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel & Brad Pitt
Details : 1991. France. 130 min. Color. Drama.
Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American road film which tells the story of two friends who embark on a road trip with unforeseen consequences. The film became a critical and commercial success, receiving six Academy Award nominations and winning for Best Original Screenplay. Scott was nominated for Best Director, and both Sarandon and Davis were nominated for Best Actress. At its release, the film stirred controversy. At the intersection of several genres, it is now considered a classic. It influenced other films and artistic works and became a landmark of feminist film. In 2016, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
This screening is part of the new Harlem film series Uptown Flicks @ Maysles curated by Adeline Monzier and co-organized by Marie Gentine. The monthly series features screenings of top recent French & independent films and documentaries followed by a drink to mingle and share reactions!