Harpur Cinema series continues with French film
November 1, 2013Tweet
Le Bonheur d’Elza (Mariette Monpierre, 2011, France, 78 min.) will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and again at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in LH-6. Friday’s viewing will be introduced by adjunct cinema lecturer Chantal Rodais. The film follows Elza, who, before taking up her professional life in Paris, journeys to Guadeloupe searching for the father she has never met. The journey is nothing if not complicated —not the least by a man who, she discovers, is a philanderer and a bigot. Melding the luxuriant beauty Guadeloupe, and the prejudices that exist among formerly colonized people, Monpierre’s debut film is deeply sensitive to the contradictions Elza must negotiate if she wishes to make peace with her difficult inheritance. (Winner, Jury Award and Best First Feature, Los Angeles Pan African Festival.) Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.