"Sarah's Key" will be shown September 14 and 15.
The Randolph-Macon College Film Studies program
is proud to host the third annual Open-Air Film Festival, which showcases the work
of film directors from around the world.
This four-week series continues on September 14 and 15, 2012.
This week's film is "Sarah’s Key" (Elle s'appelait Sarah; France, 2010),
directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. The film begins at
7:30 p.m. in the courtyard of Copley Science Center (rain location: Andrews Hall).
A tragic and shameful moment in French history continues to have consequences in
this film. Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) is an American writer living in
Paris with her husband, Bertrand (Frédéric Pierrot), an architect who is restoring
a block of apartments in Paris owned by his family. Julia learns that Bertrand's
family obtained the building through less than honorable means; the original owners
were Jews who were forced to sell in the wake of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942,
when the Nazi-affiliated Vichy government arrested more than 13,000 Parisian Jews.
One of the victims was a ten-year-old girl who tried to protect her younger brother
by locking him in a cupboard in their apartment. Fearing for her brother's safety,
she escapes the stadium where the Jews are being held and tries to make her way
In addition to the Friday-night showings, each film in the series will be shown
at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ashland Firehouse Theater.
Upcoming film dates: 9/21 & 9/22 (“Dreiviertelmond,”
Germany), 9/28 & 9/29 (“La Source des Femmes,” Italy, Morocco, France,
Belgium). All films have English subtitles.
The film festival and reception are free and open to the public.
Bring your own chair. Popcorn will be provided.