Memoir of War (La Douleur)
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
Location: Bow Tie Squire Cinemas (115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck)
Emmanuel Finkiel | France | 2018 | French, English Subtitles | 2hr 7min | Narrative
Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting and hypnotic adaptation of seminal author Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir.” In 1944 Nazi-occupied France, Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistance member along with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back, and enters into a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with French Nazi collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel). But as the months wear on without word of the man she loves, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover passages of Duras’s writing, director Emmanuel Finkiel evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers.
Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Shulamit Adar, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Emmanuel Bourdieu
Awards & Festivals:
- Official Selection – 2018 Rendez-vous with French Cinema
- Official Selection – 2018 COLCOA French Film Festival
- Official Selection – 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
- Official Selection – 2017 Haifa International Film Festival
Post Screening Q&A With: Matt Prigge, NYU Professor and Film Critic
Matt Prigge is a writer and professor based in Brooklyn. He’s the former film editor of Metro, and has written for The Village Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, Nashville Scene and Uproxx. He teaches at NYU, where he received his Master’s in Cinema Studies.