La cérémonie

La cérémonie

Film Retrospective 2018–19: Nouvelle Vague, Revisited


Thursday, April 25 at 06:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French
54 W. Chicago Avenue


La cérémonie by Claude Chabrol ( France, 1995, 112 min.)

With Charles Coleman, Facets Film Program 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; 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.

Charles Coleman is the Film Program Director of the Facets Cinematheque, which specializes in the presentation of new and classic foreign films, as well as independent cinema. He has taught film courses at the University of Chicago and his experience also includes more than fifteen years in film programming and related fields. He is responsible for bringing to Chicago rare, one-of-a-kind screenings that range from retrospectives of acclaimed filmmakers to the most recent films by up-and-coming directors. He teaches film courses at the University of Chicago, interviews filmmakers for the Humanities Film Festival, lectures at the Chicago Public Library and keeps up on the latest trends, key filmmakers, as well as the newest developments from festivals and programs from around the world.

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.

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