The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is thrilled to present a Sneak Preview of the new film Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot, followed by a Q&A with director Xavier Giannoli this Thursday, March 10 at 7pm in FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Madison & Park). Marguerite won four 2016 César awards, including Best Actress for Catherine Frot.
Xavier Giannoli, 2015. Color. 127 min. DCP.
With Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Aubert Fenoy, Christa Théret.
In French with English subtitles.
1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings, wholeheartedly, but terribly out of tune. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to truly believe in her talent.
Catherine Frot stars as Marguerite, a character loosely inspired by the life and singing career of American socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, a child prodigy pianist who became an amateur operatic soprano, known and ridiculed for her lack of rhythm, pitch, and tone. Jenkins restricted her performances to clubs and the Grand Ballroom of New York City hotels including the Waldorf Astoria and Ritz-Carlton. Her final performance in October of 1944 at Carnegie Hall, sold out in just two hours. Jenkins died one month later.
Marguerite was selected for the Venice & Telluride International Film Festivals 2015.
“Cover your ears and open your hearts.”—Variety
In select theaters starting March 11, 2016.
About Xavier Giannoli
Xavier Giannoli won the Palme d’Or for his 1998 short, The Interview, in which Mathieu Amalric played a journalist assigned to interview Ava Gardner. With six features, he has become one of France’s most original writer-directors, often tackling the theme of celebrity, and best known for his César-award winning films In the Beginning, and The Singer, which both screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as Superstar.
Special thanks to Cohen Media Group.
For more information visit: fiaf.org/events/winter2016/2016-03-10-marguerite.shtml
|What:||Sneak Preview: Marguerite|
|When:||Thursday, March 10 at 7pm|
|Where:||FIAF – Florence Gould Hall; 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)|
|Admission:||FIAF Members $8, Non-Members $14|
|Tickets:||fiaf.org | 800 982 2787|
|Information:||fiaf.org | 212 355 6160|
|Transportation:||Subway – 4, 5, 6, N, R and Q to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue;|
|F to 63rd Street & Lexington Avenue|
|Bus – M1, M2, M3, M4, Q31 to 59th Street; M5 to 58th Street|
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