Mixed Media A French Film Mini-Fest
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
Le chant des mariées