WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 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.
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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 Fever Rises in El Pao, 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.
FEVER RISES IN EL PAO
Mexico-France, 1959, 97 min
With Gérard Philipe, María Félix, Jean Servais
November 9 at 7:00 pm
In a Latin America dictatorship, Governor Mariano Vargas is assassinated. His executive secretary, the idealistic Ramon Vasquez, who is in love with the widow Inés Rojas, is assigned director of security and in charge of the prison. When the new governor Alejandro Gual Miguel arrives in the island, he tries to eliminate his romantic rival. But Inés knows the political games and manipulations. Fever Rises in El Pao is one of Luis Bunuel’s most explosively political work.
Online registration is required for this free admission screening.