French Films: Screening France and the Female Gaze

Note: This course is being adapted due to COVID19 restrictions. The instructor will provide a list of films to watch via Netflix or Amazon Prime (1 film each week.) Subsequent critique and discussion of each film will take place in Zoom weekly as scheduled. Course time will be reduced to 2 hours as we will not be watching the films during class.  The films originally planned for this course will be substituted by french language films current available for Netflix or Amazon Prime streaming. A list will be provided in advance of the course so participants may determine if they should participate. Student credit or refunds will be available for those who find they can not participate.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we will examine films by contemporary women directors working in France. For years, there
were only a few French women filmmakers. French cinema is still a male-dominated arena, but in recent years we have seen the emergence of a number of female directors. We will examine their vision, impact and art through examples of their work in short films and full-length features. Among the directors we will screen will be Céline Sciamma, Rebecca Zlotowski, Katell Quillévéré, Emmanuelle Bercot, Anne Fontaine, Julie Lopes Curval, Mati Diop, Houda Benyamina and Mia Hansen-Love.

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