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Carleton College’s Tournées Film Festival Presents Claude Miller’s “Un Secret”

October 7, 2011

Carleton College concludes its inaugural Tournées French Film Festival with a public screening of Claude Miller’s compelling drama, “Un Secret,” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles and Carleton College faculty members will provide a brief introduction prior to the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Written and directed by Miller, “Un Secret” (2007, Not Rated) is based on the novel by Philippe Grimbert. The film follows the life of a Jewish family in post-World War II Paris. François, the son of Maxime and Tania, is a solitary and imaginative child who invents for himself a brother and the story of his parents’ past. One day, he discovers a dark family secret that shatters his life forever: before the war and well before François’s birth, his father Maxime was married to Hannah with whom he had a son. At a wedding Maxime met Tania, a young, athletic and beautiful swimmer. He felt madly in love but decided to remain faithful to Hannah. When the Nazis invaded France, their Jewish families and friends were deeply divided on what action to take and how they should live their religion and cultural heritage as Jews. Maxime decided to move his family to the free zone and left ahead of them. On her way with her son to meet Maxime, Hannah made a decision that would change her life and that of her family forever, leaving both Maxime and Tania to make difficult choices to survive the war. With the birth of François, the pair started a new family in post-war France, hoping that the existence of Hannah and her son would remain a secret. When François discovers the truth, the family will be forced to revisit their difficult past.

The film was nominated for multiple César Awards and won the Grand Prix des Amériques at the Montréal Film Festival. 

The Tournées Festival at Carleton College, offering a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema, is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). Support is also provided by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Grand Marnier Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and highbrow entertainment.

This event is presented by the Carleton College Department of French and Francophone Studies. For further programming information or inquiries regarding The Tournées French Film Festival, contact Dana Strand at (507) 222-4126. The Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 North Third Street in Northfield. For additional information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4389 or visit online at http://apps.carleton.edu/weitz.