La cérémonie by Claude Chabrol ( France, 1995, 112 min.)
With Milos Stehlik, film critic and Facets director—In French with English subtitles.
The French have a name for the events leading up to a death by guillotine. They call it "the ceremony." No guillotine here but the same ominous feeling infuses a film where Chabrol is at his best best; spinning a thrilling tale of power, class, secrecy and manipulation. In La Cérémonie, two working class women, played to icy perfection by Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire, develop a co-dependent relationship, which signals danger for the upper crust family for which one of them works... One of the core Nouvelle Vague directors, whose iconic Le Beau Serge heralded the coming of the wave, Chabrol went on to direct 54 films and becoming a master of suspense, much like his American idol, Hitchcock.
“France's master of suspense, Claude Chabrol, relishes every malevolent, icily controlled shot of this perfectly constructed thriller, right up to its terrifying, violent climax.” –The Guardian
Please note: Wine service at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Milos Stehlik is the director of Chicago's Facets Multi-Media, which he co-founded in 1975. Facets is a cinematheque which presents film premieres, retrospectives and festivals, including the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. He is also a film contributor to Worldview, the international affairs program of WBEZ, and has served on the juries of numerous international film festivals.
Trailer in French only, but film screening will have English subtitles!
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.
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