FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
Dir. Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski (100min, France/Germany/Canada/Russia, 2013)
In French, Russian and Hebrew with English Subtitles
It is 1979. Carole and Jérôme are 20, and going on an organized trip to Odessa in the USSR, deep behind the Iron Curtain. During the day, they pose as simple tourists and visit monuments and museums. In the evening, they secretly rendezvous with “refuseniks,” Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime for wanting to leave the country.
There, they discover an underground world, both cruel and absurd. While Carole is motivated by political commitment and a taste for risk, for Jérôme, the real motivation behind this trip is Carole herself.
Co-presented by Alliance Francaise and American University Russian Department.
Anne Weil has worked as an editor on such films as Seaside, Toi et moi, Actrices, and A Castle in Italy. She has directed the short film Une cuillerée pour papa and co-directed Friends from France.
||Philippe Kotlarski has worked as an editor on the films Le petit prince, Eager Bodies, and Julia. He has directed the short film Une journée entière sans mentir and co-directed Friends from France.