TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AT 7PM
at La Maison Française - Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC
Parking available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot
SECURITY RULES: A reservation on Eventbrite is mandatory, attendees must have a Government issued photo ID in order to enter the Embassy.
NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT RESERVATION OR PROPER ID
Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, doors will be closed at 7pm sharp
Objects of Desire: The Films of Luis Buñuel
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents Death in the Garden, as part of the retrospective Objects of Desire: The Films of Luis Buñuel organized in partnership with National Gallery of Art, the American University's School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, SPAIN Arts & Culture, Mexican Cultural Institute and American Film Institute from October 27 to November 23.
Luis Buñuel is recognized as one of cinema’s great subversives and mischief makers. Born in Spain in 1900 in an established Aragon family, he immigrated to France in 1925 where, with his friend Salvador Dalí, he directed the silent film Un Chien Andalou (1929), enthusiastically received by the community of Surrealists led by poet André Breton in Paris.
The avant-garde artist soon became an international movie director: his work spans two continents and three languages. After Spain and France, he pursued his career in the United States (at New York’s MoMA and Hollywood) and in Mexico which he discovered during its “Golden Age” of cinema in the mid-1940s.
Luis Buñuel remained in Mexico for the rest of his life, although he spent periods of time filming in Spain and France. Mexican-French co-productions Fever Rises in El Pao and Death in the Garden are part of the "revolutionary trilogy" described by film critic Raymond Durgnat: an exploration of morals, politics and power brilliantly shot through Luis Buñuel’s surrealist eyes.
Full program of the retrospective is available here.
DEATH IN THE GARDEN
Mexico-France, 1956, 104 min
With Georges Marchal, Simone Signoret, Michel Piccoli
November 22 at 7:00 pm
Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives –a notorious adventurer, a local hooker, a priest, an aging diamond miner, and his deaf-mute daughter– are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Shot in vibrant Eastmancolor, Death in the Garden is an adventure film with Surrealist gestures and symbolism.
Online registration is required for this free admission screening.