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October Film Discussion: Léon Morin, prêtre (in English)

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October Film Discussion: Léon Morin, prêtre (in English)
October Film Discussion: Léon Morin, prêtre (in English)

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Oct 23, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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The Federation of AF USA’s One Film One Federation program is pleased to announce a series of film discussions this fall in partnership with the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation centered around four films by the famous French director, Jean-Pierre Melville. Participants are encouraged to watch the films via streaming before each discussion. Discussions will be held via Zoom on the 4th Monday of the month (except for December, which will be the 3rd Monday.)

October: Léon Morin, prêtre Director: Jean-Pierre Melville Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc, Marc Eyraud Watch on: Kanopy, The Criterion Channel, Kino Now

During World War II, in occupied France, the atheist Barny decides to baptize her half-Jewish daughter to protect her. She begins a series of conversations with the priest Léon Morin about themes related to religion and Catholicism. The result is her eventual conversion – as well as an unrequited passion for the priest.

The Foundation In the scope of Jean-Pierre Melville’s centennial anniversary, at a time when his international appeal remains unequivocal, Laurent Grousset and Remy Grumbach, his nephews and guardians of his legacy, decided to create the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation for the preservation of genre cinema. The extensive work of the Foundation encompasses two distinct and yet complimentary missions: to preserve the Melvillian cinematic heritage, as well as ignite and kindle a passion for cinema in a new generation of moviegoers and future filmmakers in their own right.

The Speakers Laurent Grousset – President A prominent director, and producer of over 1,100 commercials in Europe, America and Asia, Laurent Grousset received many awards for his work at international festivals such as New-York, Paris, Cannes, Venice, or London. Laurent Grousset directed episodes of well-known TV series like “Les Chevaliers du Ciel” (The Aeronauts), as well as various short films. He is the owner and CEO of several production companies in France, Bulgaria and Spain. He is an acknowledged expert on advertising production practice and cost management throughout Europe and Middle East. Laurent Grousset is also a writer.

Remy Grumbach – Vice President Rémy Grumbach is a famous French director and producer, known for Les Rendez-Vous du Dimanche, a weekly TV show he directed for 10 years, and that was presented by star host Michel Druker. Rémy Grumbach also directed Avis de Recherche and Le Jeu de la Vérité, presented by Patrick Sabatier. Rémy Grumbach directed many special awards TV shows such as the prestigious Victoires de la Musique, Molières, Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM, or 7 d’Or ceremonies. In 1980, Rémy Grumbach became a SACEM member. Member of the SACEM Directors Commission since 1984, he was President of the organization from 2000 to 2003. Since then, he has been one of the company’s administrators. Among the many awards he received during his career, Rémy Grumbach was recipient of the Audiovisual Author-Director Grand Prix in 2006.

Peter Debruge – Chief Film Critic, Variety variety.com/author/peter-debruge/ 

Discussions will take place on the last Monday of each month. Participants should watch the films via streaming before attending the discussion.

This event will be in English on Zoom 

Members : Free

Non members can purchase tickets ($10)

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