Arts Calendar

Sep 30

International Film Forum: LE SEMEUR

From site: International Film Forum

Part of the Tournées Festival of French Films on campus this fall.

7:00 – 8:40 pm / Weitz Cinema
IFF presents Le Semeur on 9/30 at 7pm in Weitz Cinema

Le semeur [The Sower] (Marine Francen, 2017, France/Belgium, 98 min.)

Following the coup d’état of December 2, 1851, President Louis Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor Napoleon III, setting off a bloody campaign of repression to root out his opponents. In some regions, entire villages were cleared of their adult male population, leaving women and children to fare for themselves. Marine Francen’s accomplished first feature uses this historical context and the true story of a man who wandered into a village exclusively occupied by women to explore female desire, solidarity, and resilience, raising quietly radical philosophical and political questions. After all the men in a village in Provence have been killed or deported, young Violette convinces the other young women to agree that they will share any man to arrive among them. When a mysterious stranger does finally appear, all goes to plan—until he and Violette fall in love. Openly inspired by great French realist painters of the nineteenth century such as Jean-François Millet, The Sower is also one of the most ravishingly composed debuts in recent memory.

 

Sponsored by International Film Forum. Contact: Sally Pierce, x4531