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Hiroshima Mon Amour

Publié le May 8, 2019
As part of the film series "Les Femmes Essentielles", the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France present a screening of the film Hiroshima Mon Amour.

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WHAT: Hiroshima Mon Amour

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007

PRICE: Free admission – registration required

RESERVATION: Online registration required. EventBrite

ADD. INFOS: Every attendee must be registered under his/her name. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy.

Hiroshima Mon Amour
by Alain Resnais
1959 – France – 91 min

In French with English subtitles

Emmanuelle Riva (1927-2017) epitomized a new kind of female star, more realistic and intellectual, as opposed to the "sex kitten" stereotype of Bardot. After her star-making turn in Hiroshima Mon Amour, Riva appeared opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in Melville’s Léon Morin, Priest. In 2012, Riva starred in Michael Haneke’s Amour, with Jean-Louis Trintignant, a role for which Riva received a multitude of awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and César and BAFTA Awards for Best Actress.

In Alain Resnais’ groundbreaking work of the New Wave, Riva portrays a French actress researching a role in post-war Hiroshima. She enters into an affair with a Japanese architext (Eiji Okada) while experiencing flashbacks of a doomed wartime tryst with a German soldier. Marguerite Duras, one of France’s greatest modern novelists, wrote the screenplay (Academy Award nomination, 1959). Thanks to Riva’s profound subtlety in a very great role, Hiroshima Mon Amour became one of the most important films to come out of the French New Wave.


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