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The Radiance and Wit of Sylvie Testud
June 1–29, 2010
Florence Gould Hall

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Screening Schedule

June 1: Karnaval
June 8: Murderous Maids
June 15: Sagan
June 22: La France
June 29: The Captive

FIAF explores the career of Sylvie Testud, one of the most innovative modern French actresses. Best known to American audiences from her roles in La vie en Rose and Murderous Maids, she has twice won the César Award for Best Actress and is a celebrated author and director. Sagan, directed by Diane Kurys, earned Testud unanimous praise for her hauntingly accurate portrayal of writer Françoise Sagan.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall

Directed by Thomas Vincent, 1999. Color. 88 min.
With Sylvie Testud, Clovis Cornillac, Amar Ben Abdallah
In French with English subtitles

A surprise encounter with a young Arab runaway during carnival season signals a new friendship for Béa—and the possible end of her marriage. The film captures the frenzy of the season while telling a powerfully intimate story.

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Sylvie Testud
& Julie Parmentier

Murderous Maids
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall

Les Blessures assassines
Directed by Jean-Pierre Denis, 2000. Color. 94 min.
With Sylvie Testud, Julie-Marie Parmentier
In French with English subtitles

Testud earned the “Most Promising Actress” César for her mesmerizing performance as one of France’s most notorious murderers. The story of Christine (Testud) and Léa Papin, who killed the family that employed them, is rendered here with intelligence and verve.

Made with spellbinding clarity… and featuring a near-perfect cast. —Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7pm

Florence Gould Hall

Directed by Diane Kurys, 2008. Color. 117 min.
With Sylvie Testud, Arielle Dombasle, Jeanne Balibar
In French with English subtitles

Author Françoise Sagan was still a teenager when her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse, became a literary sensation. Testud channels the author remarkably well in this unflinching biography chronicling her writing and life.

7pm Screening
Starring actress Sylvie Testud was supposed to introduce the 7pm screening and participate in a Q&A session. Due to personal reasons, she will no longer be able to attend. The film alone will be screened.

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La France
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall

Directed by Serge Bozon, 2007. Color. 102 min.
With Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Verdier
In French with English subtitles

Camille (Testud) lives in northeast France while her husband serves on the frontlines of World War I. When she suddenly receives a letter from him stating that he is leaving her, Camille seeks to infiltrate the infantry in disguise.

…dark fairy tale, filled with feeling and cinematic allusions
—Manhola Dargis, The New York Times

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The Captive
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall

La Captive
Directed by Chantal Akerman, 2000. Color. 118 min.
With Stanislas Merhar, Sylvie Testud, Olivia Bonamy
In French with English subtitles

A rich collaboration between Akerman and Testud, adapting Proust from Remembrance of Things Past. Though Simon lives with his girlfriend Ariane, he cannot escape his obsession with her former lovers and desperate need to know every detail of her past.

Performed to near perfection, The Captive is a rich, rewarding work… —David Wood, The BBC

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Venue & Ticket Information

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street

Ticket Prices
FIAF Members FREE** ($2 advance tickets)
Non-Members $10
Students with ID $7

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Call: 212 307 4100

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**Free tickets for FIAF Members are distributed on the day of the event. Please present your Membership card at the box office. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $2.

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Present your ticket and receive a 15% discount on your bill at Bistro 60 (37 E 60 St). Valid on date printed on ticket.

New York State Council on the Arts a State agency
American Airlines
Cultural Services of the French Embassy Florence Gould Hall

Curated by Marie Losier

Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chantal Akerman, Sylvie Testud, and Bénédicte Sacchi.

Cinéma at FIAF is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Additional Sponsors:
American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Florence Gould Foundation
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency

Karnaval / courtesy of Sygma
Murderous Maids / courtesy of Photofest
Sagan / courtesy of 2008 Alexandre Films, Etienne Georges
La France / courtesy of Shellac

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