Jeune Femme / Montparnasse Bienvenüe by Léonor Serraille (France, 2017, 98 min.)
With Katherine O’Brien, Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Consultant —In French with English subtitles.
What do you call a 31-year old woman with no home, no job, and nothing but a fluffy white cat for a companion? Léonor Serraille's brilliant new film offers up a simple answer: a jeune femme! While not all young women are as hapless as protagonist Paula, there is nonetheless something eminently relatable about this freshly-dumped redhead, who blows through Paris like a whirlwind, desperately trying, and failing, to settle down. This tragi-comedy gives us a glimpse into the at times hysterical, at times melancholic, life of a woman in search of herself. Laetitia Dosch stars as the unbreakable Paula, and all creative roles in the film production, from camera to composer, sound to set design, were filled almost exclusively by women. Jeune Femme, indeed! Rapturously received and awarded Caméra d’or, or Best First Feature, at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. “A fearless, powerhouse performance by Laetitia Dosch infuses every frame of Jeune Femme, the kinetic, incident-packed portrait of rudderless yet resilient Paula.” —Lisa Nesselson, Screendaily.com
Please note: Wine service at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Katherine O'Brien is a writer, filmmaker, and creative consultant, operating in Hollywood and throughout the international marketplace for 15 years. She creates comedic, dramatic, and documentary content for film, television, and the digital space. Additionally, she provides expert story analysis, coverage, and script consultation for both studio-based and independent filmmakers. Katherine gravitates toward stories that need telling, and is passionate about helping those stories find their audiences. She continually cultivates her expertise in story development as both a screenwriter and creative consultant, developing projects with some of Hollywood’s most respected companies, and internationally acclaimed filmmakers.
Film Retrospective 2018-2019
Nouvelle Vague, Revisited
Vintage cars and jazz music; love stories in black and white; reckless youth, smoke and style, so much style…Our new film series is all about the French New Wave with the films you know and love shown on Saturday afternoons, and weeknight screenings dedicated to the New Wave’s influence around the world and across generations—in the presence of our guest speakers.
Are you ready to be swept away? Here comes La Nouvelle Vague again!
Series curated by Aimée Laberge, and co-curated by Bailey Holtz and Randy Williams