Online Ciné-Club: Diva

Online Ciné-Club: Diva


Sunday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed on Sunday morning.

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To join our discussion at 1:00 PM, click here: https://af-chicago.zoom.us/j/85184574910?pwd=U1dpZTF5MW5sSTIzd1dOY3BuY251QT09

For more information on how to participate in Ciné-Club, please see the "about" section at the bottom of this page.

An Opera Singer. Mobsters. A mix-up of secret tapes. Two worlds collide in this stunning aria of a thriller from director Jean-Jacques Beineix, but can the hapless fan at the center of it all survive the collision? Find out in this week's film...

Diva (1981) 

Rent on YouTube, iTunes, or Amazon Prime Video

Jules is a mail carrier by trade but an opera buff at heart. He's particularly obsessed with Cynthia Hawkins, a gorgeous American singer who has never allowed her voice to be recorded - so obsessed, in fact, that he sneaks a tape recorder into one of her performances to produce his own bootleg. But when this bootleg tape gets mixed up with an incriminating recording of a corrupt cop, Jules falls under the crosshairs of some nefarious Parisian mobsters. Can he free himself of the damning tapes and clear his name? 

Both operatic and high octane, Jean-Jacques Beineix's stylish 80s thriller has accrued its own share of cultish fanatics with its dazzling pastiche of the criminal underworld and the vixens of the velvet curtain. Let's talk about it! 

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ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, a former AF culture intern. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.