Sat, Apr 08|
Saturday Film Discussion with Nate Sellers
Feminine Focus in Films
Time & Location
Apr 08, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
About The Event
This year we will be watching and discussing the work of 10 female filmmakers — spanning 80+ years of cinema. Each film is visually distinct and captures a unique, compelling narrative through the feminine lens. We hope to see you there!
April's film is Beau Travail, written and directed by Claire Denis.
With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Amid the azure waters and sunbaked desert landscapes of Djibouti, a French Foreign Legion sergeant (Denis Lavant) sows the seeds of his own ruin as his obsession with a striking young recruit (Grégoire Colin) plays out to the thunderous, operatic strains of Benjamin Britten. Denis and cinematographer Agnès Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, hypnotic images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.
The 1999 film is 90 minutes and is widely available on The Criterion Channel, HBO Max, rent from Amazon Prime or through the Minuteman Library System.