Mixed Me­dia A French Film Mini-Fest

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In 1929, Franco-Ro­ma­nian film­maker Bernard Natan (1886-1942) took over Pathé, at the time the largest film stu­dio in France, and ran it for six years be­fore the com­pany col­lapsed and he was im­pris­oned on fraud charges. Nev­er­the­less, Natan, an early film di­rec­tor and star of gay and BDSM movies, in­vested in film tech­nolo­gies still in use to­day. Un­der Natan, Pathé sup­ported the re­search of Henri Chré­tien on anamor­phic lenses, for in­stance, which led to the de­vel­op­ment of Cine­mas­cope. Natan also ush­ered the com­pany into the era of sound film. Natan, a 2013 doc­u­men­tary by Paul Duane and David Cairns, chron­i­cles the life and work of the en­tre­pre­neur, a largely for­got­ten father of French cinema. The film’s re­gional pre­miere is on Wed­nes­day, March 9, at 7 p.m., as part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Fes­ti­val’s A French Film Mini-Fest. A post-film Skype in­ter­view with the film­mak­ers fol­lows the screen­ing.

The fes­ti­val takes place from Sun­day, March 6, through Sun­day, March 20, at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts (1050 Old Pe­cos Trail; 505-982-1338), and be­gins with a talk by au­thor Dr. Gün­ther Jikeli, a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at In­di­ana Univer­sity’s In­sti­tute for the Study of Con­tem­po­rary An­tisemitism. The t alk i s at 4 p.m. on Sun­day, March 6, and fol­lows a screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary Jewish Iden­tity in

France. Other films in­clude Le chant des mar­iées (2008), about the re­la­tion­ship of two young girls, one a Mus­lim and the other Jewish, dur­ing the Nazi-oc­cu­pa­tion of Tu­nisia (screens at 4 p.m. on March 13); Au revoir

les en­fants (1987) di­rec­tor Louis Malle’s poignant tale of a Jewish boy har­bored at a Catholic board­ing school dur­ing World War II (screens at 7 p.m. on March 16); and Les héri­tiers (2014), the story of a teacher who en­gages an eth­ni­cally di­verse stu­dent body for a com­pet­i­tive pro­ject on the Holo­caust (screens at 11 a.m. on March 20).

A $50 pass gets you into all five screen­ings, in­clud­ing the open­ing talk by Jikeli, and can be pur­chased on­line at www.santafe­jff.org/tick­ets. Tick­ets for in­di­vid­ual films are $12 in ad­vance or $15 at the door, and dis­counts are avail­able. Call 505-216- 0672 for more in­for­ma­tion.

— Michael Abatemarco

Natan

Le chant des mar­iées

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