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Tribute to Marguerite Duras

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Date(s) - 24/09/2014 - 26/09/2014
11:30 pm

Alliance Française de Trivandrum


Tribute to Marguerite Duras on her birth centenary (1914 – 1996) from 25 to 27 September, 2014.

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.

In the third edition of Book Club, the bimonthly platform for discussing literature, on 25 September, 5.30pm, the focus will be on Marguerite Duras.
Dr. Somadha Mohan will be making a presentation on Duras. The presentation will be followed by discussion.

On 26 and 27 September, the films of Duras : L’Amant/ The Lover by Jean-Jacques Annaud and India Song by Marguerite Duras herself will be screened. The films will be screened at 5.30pm @Alliance Française de Trivandrum.

L’Amant/ The Lover/ Jean-Jacques Annaud/ 1992/ 115mins

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

India Song/ Marguerite Duras/ 1975/ 115mins

The film centres on Anne-Marie, the promiscuous wife of the French Vice-Consul in India

Entry is free.