STAMFORD, Conn. – Focus on French Cinema, a festival of contemporary French-language films, will feature a screening of “The Return of Martin Guerre” at the Avon Theatre with an appearance by French actress Nathalie Baye at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4, with a pre-film reception at 6 p.m.
“The Return Of Martin Guerre” (1982), the classic film from director Daniel Vigne, is based on a case of imposture in 16th century France. Martin Guerre (Gerard Depardieu) returns to his village in southwestern France after being away in the war for almost a decade. Imagining herself a widow, his wife (Baye) is astonished when her husband returns. The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family and his wife, even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre?
Baye has appeared in more than 80 films. She began her acting career in 1970 and became widely known for her performance as the script girl in Francois Truffaut’s Academy Award winning film “Day for Night” in 1973. A nine-time César Award nominee, her four wins were for “Every Man for Himself” (1980), “Strange Affair” (1981), “La Balance” (1982) and “The Young Lieutenant” (2005). During her career, she has worked with directors such as Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Luc Godard and Steven Spielberg.
Assistant director, supporting actor, casting director and agent Dominique Besnehard also will appear at the pre-screening.
Celebrating its 12th year, Focus On French Cinema, a festival of contemporary French-language films, returns to Connecticut and Manhattan from April 1-5 with a lineup of 12 newly released feature-length films, as well as a variety of documentaries, short films, TV series, animated films and classic retrospectives.
Carte Blanche members are free, members are $7, students and seniors are $9 and non-members are $12. Call the business office at 203-661-0321 for tickets.
The Avon Theatre is at 272 Bedford St., Stamford.
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