One Film One Federation – Film Discussions (9/25, 10/23, 11/27, 12/18)

One Film One Federation

The Federation of AF USA’s One Film One Federation program is pleased to announce a series of film discussions this fall in partnership with the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation centered around four films by the famous French director, Jean-Pierre Melville. These events will be held in English on Zoom at 3:00-4:00 pm CT and are free for all Alliance Française members.

Participants are encouraged to watch the films via streaming before each discussion. Discussions will be held via Zoom on the 4th Monday of the month (except for December, which will be the 3rd Monday.)

Film Discussions

September: L’Armée des Ombres (1969)

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret
Watch on: AmazonAppleTVGoogle PlayVuduMicrosoftYouTube.

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles and exacts his revenge on the informant, he and his comrades wage their underground war in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.

Click here to register for the September 25 film discussion.

October: Léon Morin, prêtre (1961)

DirectorJean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc, Marc Eyraud
Watch on: KanopyThe Criterion ChannelKino Now

During World War II, in occupied France, the atheist Barny decides to baptize her half-Jewish daughter to protect her. She begins a series of conversations with the priest Léon Morin about themes related to religion and Catholicism. The result is her eventual conversion – as well as an unrequited passion for the priest.

Click here to register for the October film discussion.

November: Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté, Yves Montand
Watch on: AmazonGoogle PlayVuduYouTube.

Corey has just been released from prison and doesn’t plan on going back any time soon. But his plans to leave his criminal past behind are upended when he gets sucked into a jewel heist orchestrated by Vogel, a fugitive murderer.

Click here to register for the November film discussion.

December: Bob le flambeur (1956)

DirectorJean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, André Garet
Watch on: AmazonAppleTVGoogle PlayKanopyKino NowYouTube

In Paris, Bob Montagne is practically synonymous with gambling — and winning. However, when Bob’s luck turns sour, he begins to lose friends and makes the most desperate gamble of his life: to rob the Deauville casino during Grand Prix weekend, when the vaults are full.

Click here to register for the December film discussion.

The Foundation

In the scope of Jean-Pierre Melville’s centennial anniversary, at a time when his international appeal remains unequivocal, Laurent Grousset and Remy Grumbach, his nephews and guardians of his legacy, decided to create the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation for the preservation of genre cinema. The extensive work of the Foundation encompasses two distinct and yet complimentary missions: to preserve the Melvillian cinematic heritage, as well as ignite and kindle a passion for cinema in a new generation of moviegoers and future filmmakers in their own right.

The Speakers

Laurent Grousset – President

A prominent director, and producer of over 1,100 commercials in Europe, America and Asia, Laurent Grousset received many awards for his work at international festivals such as New-York, Paris, Cannes, Venice, or London. Laurent Grousset directed episodes of well-known TV series like “Les Chevaliers du Ciel” (The Aeronauts), as well as various short films. He is the owner and CEO of several production companies in France, Bulgaria and Spain. He is an acknowledged expert on advertising production practice and cost management throughout Europe and Middle East. Laurent Grousset is also a writer.

Remy Grumbach – Vice President

Rémy Grumbach is a famous French director and producer, known for Les Rendez-Vous du Dimanche, a weekly TV show he directed for 10 years, and that was presented by star host Michel Druker. Also, Rémy Grumbach directed Avis de Recherche and Le Jeu de la Vérité, presented by Patrick Sabatier. Rémy Grumbach directed many special awards TV shows such as the prestigious Victoires de la Musique, Molières, Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM, or 7 d’Or ceremonies. In 1980, Rémy Grumbach became a SACEM member. Member of the SACEM Directors Commission since 1984, he was President of the organization from 2000 to 2003. Since then, he has been one of the company’s administrators. Among the many awards he received during his career, Rémy Grumbach was recipient of the Audiovisual Author-Director Grand Prix in 2006.

Peter Debruge – Chief Film Critic, Variety

Peter Debruge is Chief Film Critic for Variety, where he has worked since 2005, including a two-year stint in Paris, when he focused on covering the international festival circuit. He oversees a team of more than a dozen freelancers around the world, assigning and editing film reviews for the publication. He also curates the magazine’s annual “10 Directors to Watch” list. Peter’s writing on film has appeared in such publications as Premiere, Life, Creative Screenwriting, IndieWire and The Miami Herald, as well as the book “Variety’s The Movie That Changed My Life.” In 2017, Peter helped co-found the Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles, and he has been a member of juries at the SXSW, Reykjavik, Molodist, COLCOA, Annecy and Cannes film festivals.

Event Details

Monday, September 25, 2023 at 3 p.m. CT – Click here to register

Monday, October 23, 2023 at 3 p.m. CT – Click here to register

Monday, November 27, 2023 at 3 p.m. CT – Click here to register

Monday, December 18, 2023 at 3 p.m. CT – Click here to register

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