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SCREENING: Under the Sun of Satan by Maurice Pialat

  • La Maison Française @ the Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)
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TUESDAY, April 9 at 7:00 P.M.

at La Maison Française - Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC


SECURITY RULES: Each person attending the event must have a ticket registered in their name and a government-issued ID that matches the name on the reservation in order to enter the Embassy.

No need to print your ticket, but no one will be admitted without reservation and proper ID.

Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, doors will be closed at 7 p.m. sharp. Please allow extra time for security screening.

Limited street parking available on Reservoir Road. We encourage you to use taxi, ridesharing or public transportation.


By Maurice Pialat

1987 - France - 108min.

As part of the film series "Highlights of Cannes", the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present a screening of the film Under the Sun of Satan.

A slow, complex and captivating tale of a French priest and his moral trials and tribulations, Under the Sun of Satan is adapted from the Georges Bernanos novel of the same name. Father Donissan (Gérard Depardieu) struggles to save the soul of the 16-year-old pregnant Mouchette (Sandrine Bonnaire) in this allegorical drama. Though the dean Menou-Segrais (director Maurice Pialat himself) tries to keep Donissan reasonable, the very zealous priest is tempted by Satan and seems to sense the presence of the Devil more clearly than that of God.

This dramatic fight of good versus evil won the Palme d'Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. The selection was not without controversy, as the verbal protests of the audience led Pialat to raise his fist, replying: "If you don't like me, I don't like you either."

In French with English subtitles