Titled La Grande Guerre: Remembering the First World War, this year’s Williams College French Film Festival marks the centenary of the Great War with three recent films from France.
Collectively, these films examine the impact of the horrifying violence in the trenches of western France on both soldiers and civilians, from the Christmas truce in 1914, to the Battle of the Somme in 1916, to the Armistice in 1918. We hope this film festival will both honor the centenary and educate the Williams campus and larger community about the legacy of the Great War. In this spirit, the Williams Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (in collaboration with the French and German Programs and Sawyer Library, and in conjunction with several courses focusing on the war) is organizing a series of events in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, including: the French Film Festival on La Grande Guerre (February 2018); a speaker series by three leading historians on the effects of the Great War on France, Germany, and Africa (October and November 2018); and an exhibit in Sawyer Library (organized by students, librarians, and archivists in Chapin Library and Special Collections) on archival materials from World War I, including books, letters, and photographs by Williams students and faculty who served in the Great War (May to December 2018).
All films in French with English subtitles
* This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams College Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The festival was co-organized by Jane Canova of the Center for Foreign Languages and French Professor Brian Martin who will introduce the films. All films are in French with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA.
by Christian Carion
Monday, February 12, @ 7PM, Images Cinema
Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement) (2004)
by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Monday, February 19, @ 7PM, Images Cinema
by François Ozon
Monday, February 26, @ 7PM, Images Cinema