The Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, in association with the Hyderabad Film Club and the French Embassy in India, is screening a French film, Seaside (Bord De Mer), at the Sarathi Studios in Ameerpet, on 13th November. The film is directed by Julie Lopes-Curval, and has Bulle Ogier, Helene Fillieres and Jonathan Zaccai playing the lead characters.
Young, attractive and lanky, dark-eyed and bitterly sad, Marie (Helene Filieres) is a worker in a pebble factory in a run-down French seaside resort town. She never complains as she quietly goes about her tedious daily life. Julie Lopes-Curval's first feature film centers around Marie's story, while also chronicling the lives of those around her: her love-sick boyfriend, a lifeguard in the summer and grocery clerk during the winter, his gambling-addicted mother, the factory heir who has little interest in the pebble business, the fashion photographer who got away, and many others.
A winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes 2002, the film is structured around the year's seasons. Lopes-Curval's award-winning film has been compared to the work of French filmmaker Eric Rohmer and short story writer Anton Chekhov. The pacing of this ensemble drama is often maddeningly slow, and the relationship of characters is sometimes confusing, but eventually, the characters' stories come together for a rich, satisfying ending.
Please contact the Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734/2770-0736 or Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.