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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:00pm

Best Buy Theater (Northrop)

Cinecitta, the great movie studio built by Mussolini, became universally known as “Hollywood on the Tiber” and as Fellini’s second home. But in an interim period (1944-50) it served very different functions, quite unlike that of a dream factory. Under the Nazi occupation of Rome it was a transit camp for deportees, then following the liberation, it was transformed by the Allies into one of the largest refugee camps in Italy. Directed by Marco Bertozzi and based on groundbreaking research by Noa Steimatsky, Refugees in Cinecittà explores the fortunes of the Cinecitta camp and its inhabitants, unfolding a story hitherto untold in the chronicles of European reconstruction, and of film history.

Professor Noa Steimatsky will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

Noa Steimatsky is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the use of landscape – natural, built, and ruined – in post-World War II European cinema, on the human face as privileged site of representation and, more broadly, on the figural, iconic efficacy of the moving image. Among her publications: Italian Locations: Reinhabiting the Past in Postwar Cinema (University of Minnesota Press 2008), "The Cinecittà Refugee Camp" (October) and “Incoherent Spasms and the Dignity of Signs” (in Opening Bazin, ed. Dudley Andrew). Her new book The Face of Film is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2015.

For more info and trailer:

Refugees in Cinecittà

Thomas Baldwin will talk on Friday April 3rd on the topic, "Proust in Theory (Barthes, Deleuze, Guattari)". The lecture will take place in 121 Folwell at 2:30 PM.

Thomas Baldwin is Reader in French at the University of Kent (UK), where he directs the MA in Modern French Studies and is co-director of the Centre for Modern European Literature. He is also the general editor of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature.

Thomas Baldwin's research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth century French literature, post-war literary and critical theory, and the relation between the literary and the visual (in painting and photography). He has published extensively on Marcel Proust, Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari.

During his visit to Minnesota, Thomas Baldwin will also lead a workshop for faculty and graduate students on Anne F. Garréta’s La Décomposition. Garréta’s novel is a complex critical palimpsest of Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu in the mode of detective fiction. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 2nd from 11-12:30pm.

Thomas Baldwin Lecture

The Department of French & Italian along with the Center for Jewish Studies & the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch invite you to Sven-Erik Rose's talk entitled "Heideggerian Ontology and the Holocaust: Piotr Rawicz's Le Sang du ciel."

Sven-Erik Rose is an associate professor of German and affiliate in French, in Comparative Literature, and in Jewish Studies at the University of California, Davis. His book Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789–1848 was published by Brandeis University Press in 2014. He has published articles on German, French, Swedish, and Yiddish literature and culture in journals including The Goethe Yearbook, French Studies, Eighteenth Century Studies, New German Critique, and Postmodern Culture. He was also the guest editor of a special issue of New German Critique:Ambivalent Sites of Memory in Postwar Germany, 2011. His current book project, The Holocaust and the Archive from the Cold War to Postmemory, examines the role of real and virtual Holocaust archives in shaping how the Holocaust has been understood and remembered.

Heideggerian Ontology and the Holocaust

Please join us in welcoming critically acclaimed Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker and activist, Fred Kuwornu, to campus February 26th and 27th. He will be presenting clips from his film in progress, BlaxpoItalian: Blackness in Italian Cinema, on Thursday, February 26 (5-6:15) in 10 Blegen Hall and screening his film,18 IUS SOLI, a documentary that traces the twisted path to citizenship for the children born of immigrants in modern Italy, on Friday, February 27 (3:00-5:00PM) in 275 Nicholson Hall. Friday's screening will be followed by a Q&A session.


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Citizenship in Contemporary Italy

Following the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris, France, the University of Minnesota held the symposium: “Can One Laugh at Everything? Satire and Free Speech after Charlie.” A panel of speakers talked about how to respect pluralism and diversity while also upholding the principles of freedom of speech and expression. Please open the following link for remarks from William Mitchell constitutional law professor Anthony Winer, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Star Tribune editorial cartoonist Steve Sack, University of Minnesota media ethics and law professor Jane Kirtley, and U of M French professor Bruno Chaouat.


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The Department of French and Italian was pleased to host the Ambassador of Italy, Claudio Bisogniero, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. The Ambassador was greeted by faculty and dignitaries at the Elmer L. Anderson Library, and treated to a display of Italian Manuscripts presented by Dr. Erika Lee.

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Emphasizing the enduring attachment to historiography's moral function in post-Machiavelli France, this talk will focus on the ways in which humanist national histories sought to "move" their readers before, during and after the Wars of Religion.

The Benefits of Failing at French

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Event: FRIT Graduate Student Symposium (4/18, 1:30-4pm)

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Event: 6th Annual Italian Film Festival, March 6-9 2014

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The Italian Cultural Center is pleased to extend an invitation to attend its 6th annual Italian Film Festival. In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, the ICC will bring prominent contemporary Italian feature films to the Twin Cities.

The film festival will be held March 6th through 9th, 2014. A variety of recently released Italian films will take moviegoers on a spectacular journey through the landscapes and stories of Italy and its people.

French graduate student, Sean Killackey was recently awarded the Access Achievement Award for 2013!

The Access Achievement Awards is an annual celebration of individuals who support and contribute to access at the University of Minnesota.
Disability Services alone does not make the University of Minnesota
accessible. We rely on every member of our community. The celebration is
to recognize the people who go above and beyond the expected on making
the University steps closer to a fully accessible University for

Today is GIVE TO THE MAX Day!

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Be a light for the U's Department of French & Italian on Give to the Max Day. Make a gift at http://z.umn.edu/maxfrit.

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Film: The Zigzag Kid, by Vincent Bal (opening 8/25)

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

The Zigzag Kid
Netherlands • 95 min • Dutch/English/French w/English subtitles • 2012 • Narrative
Directed by: Vincent Bal
The film is opening Friday, October 25 at the St Anthony Main Theater.

Based on the beloved novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid uses wit and humor to explore the most fundamental questions of good and evil and to speak directly to adults and teenagers.

A witty, spirited and action-packed adventure about an almost-thirteen-year-old boy named Nono, his world of confusions, fears and fantasies…

Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble. Gaby, his father's secretary, cherishes Nono and recognizes his anguish, which comes from his lack of knowledge about his mother, who died when he was very little. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle's to be disciplined yet again. Once on the train, the over-imaginative boy discovers one last chance to prove himself. Together with charming international thief Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father's, he travels to the French Rivera and enters a world of disguises and crazy pursuits, crossing paths with the famous singer Lola Ciperola (played by Isabella Rossellini) and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will forever change Nono's life.


Event: Scott Dominic Carpenter (9/17, 4-5)

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Scott Dominic Carpenter discussion and book signing for Theory of Remainders
U of M Bookstore at Coffman Union

Scott Dominic Carpenter, local author and professor of literature at Carleton College, will discuss his book Theory of Remainders on Tuesday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis.

Theory of Remainders is a psychological thriller that explores the secret ties between love, trauma and language. Carpenter's debut novel follows the journey of a middle aged psychiatrist who finds himself reunited with a trauma he has struggled to forget: the brutal death of his teenage daughter. He embarks on a mission to resolve lingering questions about his past, hoping to heal himself along the way.

Carpenter will sign copies of his book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit http://www.bookstores.umn.edu/genref/authors.html#gotoauthor582

Event: "Mirrors and Opposite," Sunday, Sep. 15 (4-6pm)

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An art song recital featuring compositions from Tours, France and Minneapolis. Experience the joy of collaboration with song, art and community!

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and pianist Mark Bilyeu will perform in a recital, Mirror & Opposite. They have returned from the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France, and will share their experiences working with musicians from around the world. During this tour they attended workshops and performances devoted to La Mélodie Française or French art song. Sponsored by Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities, Alliance Française Minneapolis–St. Paul, Fredrikson & Byron, and WAM. Join us in the West Wing of the Weisman Art Museum for a performance after their return from France surrounded by all the wonderful visual art the Weisman has to offer!

The Crossroads Project, directed by Anaïs Nony

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Film: In The House, by François Ozon (7/12-7/18)

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

In The House
France • 105 min • French w/English subtitles • 2012 • Narrative
Directed by: François Ozon
The film is opening Friday, July 12 at the St Anthony Main Theater.

A dark, tense, and wryly funny French comic thriller by François Ozon, opening July 12 in honor of Bastille Day!

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is offering a special student price of $5 in celebration of Bastille Day! Just mention this Bastille Day Special at the box office and get a reduced admission to any screening of IN THE HOUSE (DANS LA MAISON), a dark, tense, and wryly funny French comic thriller by director François Ozon and starring Kristin Scott-Thomas, playing July 12-18 at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls).

Please inform your students, friends, and colleagues about this great film and offer!

Event: Bastille Day celebration (7/13, 4pm-12am)

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Brought to you by Alliance Française:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

4pm - 12am
Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington

There will be fun events for the entire family.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event ($10 for AF members and children under 10).

Bastille Day is the French Independence Day, July 14, 1789, when French citizens overthrew the monarchy and stormed the infamous prison in Paris, the Bastille.

Film and Event: Becoming Traviata, by Philippe Béziat

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

Becoming Traviata
France • 111 min • French w/English subtitles • 2013 • Documentary
Directed by: Philippe Béziat

The film is opening Friday, June 28 at the St Anthony Main Theater.


Pre-screening Party and LIVE OPERA Performance
with opera conductor/director Craig Fields
and an outstanding cast of opera singers

Monday, July 1, 2013
6-7:30 pm
Aster Café’s River Room
125 SE Main St, Minneapolis

$25 General / $20 Film Society Members
Ticket Includes:
performance & discussion | hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
Screening of Becoming Traviata

Films: 8 Pierre Étaix films throughout August

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Comedian, illustrator, gagman, film director - Pierre Étaix has done it all, and yet he remains largely unknown outside his homeland. Janus Films is proud to correct that situation with 8 new prints: five features and three shorts produced between 1961 and 1971, all beautifully restored in 35mm. Praised by directors as diverse as Truffaut, Bresson, Godard, and David Lynch, Étaix's films combine exquisite physical comedy with inventive sight gags and a slightly surreal visual sensibility. This retrospective is an unprecedented opportunity to discover a neglected master of comic filmmaking.

Weekends, August at The Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis.

Opening Friday, May 10: Caesar Must Die. After multiple sell-out screenings, this 2013 MSP International Film Fest darling returns for a theatrical run! Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die follows the inmates of the high-security Rebibbia prison as they put on a breathtaking and vivid performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Critically lauded, this festival highlight is an absolute must-see.

at St. Anthony Main Theater brought to you by the MSP Film Society.

Italy • 76 min • Italian w/English subtitles • 2012 • Drama • 35mm • PG-13
Directed by: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Friday, May 10 thru Thursday, May 16
(1:20), (3:20), (5:20), 7:20, 9:40

Film: Renoir, by Gilles Bourdos, starts 4/26

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Landmark Theaters presents:
Renoir, writer/director Gilles Bourdos, 111 min, France
In French with English Subtitles
Showing starts April 26th at the Uptown Theater and Edina 4

Starring: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated** Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir**, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.

Over the last twenty years, French philosopher Bernard Stiegler has written more than thirty books, publishing widely on time, memory, individuation, consumerist culture, post-capitalism and pharmacology.

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Event: 5th Annual Italian Film Festival, April 4-7

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The volunteers of the Italian Cultural Center’s 2013 5th Annual Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis/St. Paul are thrilled to announce a lineup of films of extraordinary artistry and quality!
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Congratulations to Mary Franklin-Brown:

The American Comparative Literature Association has awarded the 2103 Harry Levin Prize to Mary Franklin-Brown, Associate Professor in French and Italian, for her book Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago).

at St. Anthony Main Theater brought to you by the MSP Film Society.

Italy • 76 min • Italian w/English subtitles • 2012 • Drama • 35mm • PG-13
Directed by: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die follows the inmates of the high-security Rebibbia prison as they rehearse a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Critically lauded, this festival highlight is an absolute must-see.

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PhD Candidate Department of French and Italian Corbin Treacy to Present at CHGS (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies) Workshop

Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
Friday, March 1

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Room 710 Social Sciences

Aesthetics and Aftermath: Algeria 1962-2012

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Film: Café de Flore, by Jean-Marc Vallée (12/21-12/27)

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at St Anthony Main Theater, brought to you by the MSP Film Society.

Canada • 120 min • French w/English subtitles • 2011 • Narrative • 35mm • NR
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Café de Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love.

"This is a gorgeous, flashy, widescreen epic...about the most essential things in life: Family, friends and love. But most of all, love." - Miami Herald

Video and Audio from Sex, Lies, and Paradise

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Sex, Lies, and Paradise: The Assassins, Prester John, and the Fabulation of Civilizational Identities: A talk by Geraldine Heng 11/05/12

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:
Demande à ton Ombre, by Lamine Ammar-Khodja, 83 min, France, Algeria, 2012.
Arabic, French with English Subtitles

Le Theatre de la Chandelle Verte, will perform their current hilarious production of the well-known medieval farce: La Farce de maître Pierre Pathelin

Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte is an alliance of professional artists and scholars from universities across the United States, dedicated to performing theatre in French to audiences nationwide.

Friday, September 28, 2:30 pm, 112 Folwell Hall
Lynn Festa: "The Cook, the Thief, the Knife, and the Other: Possession and Loss in Eighteenth-Century Tahiti"
Dept. of English, Rutgers University. Lynn is a comparatist working in the 18th century. She is doing a TEMS presentation on Enlightenment birds-eye views (intersection among aesthetics, science, and history).

Eric Marty -- Professor, Université Paris 7-Diderot

"Why Did the 20th Century Take Sade Seriously?"

Friday April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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A reception will follow the lecture.

Performance: "Dangerous Liaisons," 1/13-2/4

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Torch Theater presents

Dépêche de Northfield: Meeting Maryse Condé

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Our own Déborah Ferrand shares glowing notes from her trip to Carleton College, with Sarah Boardman and Séverine Bates, to hear Maryse Condé last week:

Some of us had the extreme pleasure to attend the lecture given by Maryse Condé at Carleton University on April 20th. As graduate students and future specialists of francophone literature, it was really an honour to meet such an incredible woman and author.

From Cathy Yandell at Carleton College:

Nous sommes très heureux de vous inviter, vous et vos étudiants, à la conférence de Maryse Condé à Carleton, suivie d'une discussion avec l'auteure.

Featuring Two Lectures:

"Godard's Wars"
Philip Watts, Associate Professor of French, Department Chair, Columbia University

"Thoughts on Giorgio Agamben's Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive"
Jeffrey Mehlman, Professor of French, Department of Romance Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University

"Humanities, For Sake of Humanity:" Inside Higher Ed

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Dan Berrett's report on the Symposium on the Future of the Humanities is worth a read:


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