Special Event: French Revolution
On Thursday 14 March at Kino Cinemas, 6:30pm
One Nation, One King
Un Peuple et Son Roi
Enjoy a glass of wine and canapés on arrival, followed by the film screening and a Q&A by Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee
During this Q&A, we will discuss the merits of Schoeller's recreation of the Revolution, which has elicited very divergent critical responses in France and elsewhere. How convincing is his presentation of Louis XVI on the other hand and revolutionary politicians and crowds on the other?
Peter McPhee is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Melbourne, whose most recent books are Robespierre: a Revolutionary Life (2012) and Liberty or Death: the French Revolution (2016).
Pierre Schoeller’s epic retelling of the French revolutionary events of 1789 is a magnificent historical fresco. It is also the most
expensive film produced in France for that year, and the much-anticipated follow-up to his 2011 Cannes Un Certain Regard and multiple César
award-winning feature, L’Exercice de l’État.
The Bastille has been stormed. The winds of liberty are billowing through the streets of Paris. A young woman, Françoise (Adèle Haenel), and the handsome Basile (Gaspard Ulliel, It’s Only the End of the World, AF FFF2017), begin to realise their dreams of emancipation in the newly created political system.
Opposition grows against King Louis XVI (Laurent Lafitte, Papa ou Maman, AF FFF2016; Au Revoir Là Haut, AF FFF2018) and rioters take to the streets. Despite their lowly station, Françoise and Basile ride the tides of change as the seeds of the new republic are planted.
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