The French Institute offers four wonderful movies until 18 July that it will project in the Courtyard of its office in Madrid (10 Marqués de la Ensenada Street) to entertain people in the just brand-new summer. All sessions will start at 10:00 p.m. and admission will be free while seats are available.
Camille Claudel – Friday 27 June
Director: Bruno Dumont. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent.
Synopsis: The cruel destiny of Camille (Juliette Binoche) is the result of her family’s actions after seeing her go crazy when being abandoned by her lover, Auguste Rodin. Worried about the erratic and incomprehensible behaviour of the artist, they decide to take her to a mental hospital in the south of France, for her own security. What they do not know is that depriving her of the joy and the comfort of the sculpture is like taking away a part of herself.
The Concert – Friday 4 July
Director: Radu Mihaileanu. Cast: Aleksey Guskov, Mélanie Laurent, Dmitri Nazarov, Valeriy Barinov, among others.
Synopsis: In the days of Brézhnev, Andreï Filipov, the best orchestra director of the Soviet Union, was directing the famous orchestra of Bolshoi. However, he was replaced when he refused to fire the Jewish musicians, among them Sacha, his best friend. Thirty years after, he still works in Bolshoi, but as the cleaning man. One day he stays working late and he discovers a fax from the Theatre Châtelet addressed to Bolshoi’s director inviting the orchestra to give a concert in Paris.
Séraphine – Friday 11 July
Director: Martin Provost. Cast: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Geneviève Mnich, Nico Rogner.
Synopsis: It tells the life, out of the ordinary, of the French Séraphine de Senlis, a woman born in 1864 who was a shepherdess, then a housewife and, finally, a painter before going crazy. At the beginning of the 20th century, Séraphine Louis, aged 42 years old, lives in Senlis and makes a living cleaning houses. The little free time she has, she uses it to paint. She is Ms Duphot’s cleaning lady. Ms Duphot rents an apartment to Wilhelm Uhde, a German merchant fascinated by modern and naïve painters. During a dinner hosted by Ms Duphot, Wilhelm Uhde discovers a small painting that Séraphine had brought a few days ago. Captivated by it, he buys it and convinces Séraphine to show him more of her work.
Molière – Friday 18 July
Director: Laurent Tirard. Cast: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer, among others.
Synopsis: 1644, Paris. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière, is 22 years old and is not the writer known as father and master of the comical satire yet. In fact, he is just an unsuccessful actor. His Illustrious Theatre, a company founded by him a year ago, is bankrupt. Pursued by creditors, he goes to jail, is then released and taken there again. When he is finally able to go out, he disappears. Not a single historian has been able to find out where he went or what he did before his reappearance, a few months later, in a tour of his company to the provinces. A tour lasting 13 years and culminating in the triumphant return of Molière to Paris in 1658.