Un beau soleil intérieur / Let the Sunshine In Claire Denis (France, 2017, 96 min.)
With Polly Mangerson, DePaul University, and John Ireland, University of Illinois-Chicago –In French with English subtitles.
Claire Denis finds a mainstream audience with the release of Let the Sunshine in, a funny, honest, often painful examination of love in middle age. A “vraie auteur” in the tradition of the Cahiers du cinéma critics, Denis channels a Nouvelle Vague emphasis on dialogue, which in this film is razor-sharp and definitely quote-worthy. The film revolves around divorced artist Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) who is trying, and failing, to find love. A series of men enter and exit her life, often invited in on impulse, then quickly tossed out the door. The film uncovers the minor, overlooked details of the human experience which are often the most relatable – also a distinctly Nouvelle Vague approach to film. The movie ends with a cameo by a French actor whose fame rivals that of Binoche...mais pas de spoilers! “Few films of such precisely and intricately calibrated effect feel as free, loose, and swingy.” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Please note: Wine service at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Polly Thompson Mangerson is an Assistant Professor of French and the Director of the French Language Program at DePaul University. She holds a PhD in French literature from the university of Georgia, and a Masters in French from UIC. Dr. Mangerson’s primary research interests include seventeenth-century French theatre, absolutist political theory, and foreign language pedagogy. She enjoys teaching French at all levels, toying with innovative technology in language instruction, and traveling le monde francophone and beyond.
John Ireland is head of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Ireland’s main areas of interests are twentieth-century theater and prose, Sartre and existentialism, French Canadian literature, film, and critical theory. He was made Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government in 2006.
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