On the 24th August 1944, the German garrison occupying Paris surrendered. Thanks to the efforts of the French Resistance, the country's capital city was finally free, after four years of Nazi control. Now in 2014, we are just a few months away from the seventieth anniversary of this momentous event, and to celebrate, the Institut français du Royaume-Un is hosting screenings of French films and conferences about those who fought in World War II. Screenings will be held at the Cine Lumiere, with English subtitles.
Directed by Jacques Audiard, A Self-Made Hero is a psychological study set in post-war Paris. Albert Dehousse used to be a travelling salesman in order to avoid labour in Germany. Now he wants to forget his past, and reinvent himself as a hero by weeding out traitors in France. The film will include a post-show introduction.
A two day conference held at the university. It will feature witness testimonies, comments from authors, and scholarly discussion.
Female Agents Les Femmes de l'ombre, 2008, 117 mins 14th June, 3.45pm
Five female commandos parachute into occupied France to rescue a captured British scientist. Directed by Jean-Paul Salomé, the film was inspired by the accomplishments of decorated SOE agent Lisé de Baissac.