Thursday, September 27, 2012

French film showing Oct. 3

Grenhouille d’hiver is a film in French that can speak to all cultures.

“It’s not only about French culture, but it’s also about Japanese culture,” said Francoise Watts, a Randolph French professor. “It’s about how one culture can learn from another.”

Even its production team crossed cultural lines. “The film was done by an African director who lives in France,” Watts said.

Randolph College’s French department will host a screening of Grenhouille d’hiver with its director, Slony Sow, on Wednesday, Oct. 3. It is an opportunity to see a beautiful story with acclaimed filmmaking techniques and a cross-cultural message.

The short film tells the story of a French winemaker whose wife dies after a long illness. A young Japanese woman who is visiting the winery gives him gifts symbolic of her culture, helping him to mourn his wife’s death in such a way that he can overcome his grief. GĂ©rard Depardieu, an icon of French cinema, stars in the film as the winemaker.

Grenhouille d’hiver has been widely acclaimed at many film festivals, including the Richmond French Film Festival this spring. Each year, Watts and a group of professors from other Virginia colleges choose a film from the Richmond festival and invite directors or actors from the film to tour college campuses for screenings.

The Oct. 3 screening of Grenhouille d’hiver will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Harold G. Leggett building, room 537. The film is 17 minutes long and will be shown with English subtitles. A reception will follow so students and other community members can meet Sow.