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Tribute to Marguerite Duras

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Date(s) - 16/10/2014 - 18/10/2014
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ernakulam Public Library


duras-invitation Tribute to Marguerite Duras on her birth centenary (1914 – 1996) from 16 to 18 October, by celebrating her books and films.

Marguerite Duras, the versatile genius who was a novelist, playwright, film maker, was a path breaker in her own right. She celebrated womanhood in her books and films. Her works both in literature and films were experimental and can be related to Nouveau roman French movement.
She is the author of many novels, plays, films, interviews and short narratives, including her autobiographical work L’Amant/ The Lover (1984). The story of her life also appears in three other forms: The Sea Wall, Eden Cinema and The North China Lover. Other major works include Moderato Cantabile, also made into a film of the same name, Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein, and her film India Song. She was also the screenwriter of the 1959 French film Hiroshima mon amour, which was directed by Alain Resnais.

The celebration starts on 16 October, 5.30pm, with a presentation on Marguerite Duras.
Dr. Somadha Mohan will be making a presentation on Duras. The presentation will be followed by the screening of the film Nathalie Granger directed by Marguerite Duras.

Nathalie Granger/ Marguerite Duras/ 1972/ 83mins
A quietly intense study of domestic imprisonment, veiled violence and parental fears, shot in Duras’ own home outside Paris. Jeanne Moreau and Lucia Bosé play two lonely women who plod through chores whilst fretting over the fate of the latter’s daughter, soon to be expelled from school. Attempts by Gérard Dépardieu’s nervous washing machine salesman to befriend the women only emphasise their separation from the world.
6.00pm, 17 October
Hiroshima mon amour/ Hiroshima My Love /Alain Resnais/ 1959/ 90mins
A cornerstone film of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima. Utilizing an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award-nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Resnais delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish, in this moody masterwork.

6.00pm, 18 October
Un barrage contre le Pacifique/ The Sea Wall/ Rithy Panh/ 2008/ 115mins
French Indochina, 1931.  In the Gulf of Siam, a widow and her two children, Joseph, 20, and Suzanne, 16, barely survive by exploiting rice fields located much too close to the ocean. Their efforts are hampered each year by the presence of the sea, which invariably floods the fields with saltwater and wipes out the crops. Meanwhile, her obstinate daughter, Suzanne, draws the romantic obsessions of a well-to-do Chinese gentleman, Monsieur Jo.