Wednesday 4th February - 2015, 5,45pm
Nicely tying in with the BFI's extended run of Louis Malle's WWII coming of age drama Au Revoir Les Enfants, the Phoenix Cinema in partnership with Rochester Kino are running a film salon focusing on the film: a screening plus lecture/discussion.
About the film:
France 1987. Directed by Louis Malle, With Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette. In French with English subtitles.
Writer-director Louis Malle’s autobiographical coming of age drama is based on a tragic event that took place during January 1944, when the then 12-year-old Malle (Lift to the Scaffold) was attending a Catholic boarding school in Nazi-occupied France. At the end of the Christmas holidays, three new Jewish students are enrolled, disguised with new names and identities in an attempt by the schools director Père Jean (Philippe Morier-Genoud; Three Colours Blue), who provides the film’s compassion and moral compass, to hide them from the Gestapo. Centring on the authentic friendship of two 12-year-old boys, Julien Quentin (Gaspard Manesse) and Jean Bonnet (Raphael Fejto), the timeless rhythms and rituals of school life are beautifully evoked in this amazing Academy Award nominated story of friendship, betrayal and guilt.