6:30 PM–9:00 PM Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall
Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1991, 98 min.
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Film Screening followed by Q&A with starring actress Irène Jacob, in conversation with Annette Insdorf
Veronique (Irène Jacob) is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika (also Jacob) lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with the ups and downs of their individual lives, with Veronique embarking on an unusual romance with a Alexandre Fabbri (Philippe Volter), a puppeteer who may be able to help her with her existential issues. Roger Ebert: “The movie has a hypnotic effect. We are drawn into the character, not kept at arm's length with a plot… This is one of the most beautiful films I've seen.”
Irène Jacob is an internationally acclaimed French actress. Her first film role was in Louis Malle’s Au Revoir les Enfants, and she gained acclaim through her work with Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski, winning the 1991 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for The Double Life of Véronique. Her other film appearances include Kieslowski’s Three Colors: Red (1994), The Secret Garden (1993), Beyond the Clouds (1995), U.S. Marshals (1998), and Eternity (2016). She has joined the cast of The Affair this season as a seductive French professor. Annette Insdorf is a professor of film studies in Columbia’s School of the Arts and her books include Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski.