Screen/Society--French Film Festival--"Eastern Boys" [DCP screening]
(Robin Campillo, 2013, 128 min, France, in French w/ English Subtitles, Color, DCP)
-- Introduced by Prof. Corina Stan (English); Q&A to follow!
Arriving from all over the Eastern Bloc, the men who loiter around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris are scraping by however they can, forming gangs for support and protection, ever fearful of being caught by the police and deported. When the middle-aged, bourgeois Daniel played by Olivier Rabourdi approaches a boyishly handsome Ukrainian who calls himself Marek for a date, he learns the young man is willing to do anything for some cash. What Daniel intends only as sex-for-hire begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound relationship. The drastically different circumstances of the two men's lives reveal hidden facets of the city they share. Presented in four parts, this absorbing, erotically charged drama from writer-director Robin Campillo is centered around anonymous liaisons, in which motivation, risk, and desire produce volatile and unexpected consequences.
-- Winner for Best Film at Venice Film Festival (2013)!
"Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a clear-eyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters." - Stephen Holden, New York Times
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsors: The Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS), the Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies (AAHVS), and the Department of Romance Studies.