February is China’s 2016 holiday season and a month for new films. To accompany the cinema rush, the French Culture Center is providing viewers with a series of French films for the coming spring.
From January 20 to February 17, the center will screen films from the sixth edition of the Online French Film Festival.
The festival is an innovative concept designed to cast light on a new generation of French filmmakers, allowing web users across the globe to share their enthusiasm for French cinema. Now in its sixth year, the festival returns with new films, new partner platforms and festival screening at movie theaters around the globe.
From February 17 to 21, the center will screen four films about the roles of women in society. Selections include Sur la Planche (2011), Entre Nos Mains (2010), La Vie Domestique (2013) and Persepolis (2007).
Sur la Planche is a documentary about four young women who work long hours at a local factory. The documentary shows how they have been cornered by events and how their lives revolve around men and an empty house.
Entre Nos Mains is about how a financially-strapped lingerie factory returns to life. Most of the employees in the film are women, and through their endeavors they discover personal freedom.
La Vie Domestique discusses how women find balance between career pursuits and domestic obligations. The film follows Juliette, who lives in a residential suburb of Paris. All the women are in their 40s and have similar lives: they raise children, keep up their homes and wait for their husbands at night. Juliette has a decent job, but she also runs errands, picks up children and takes care of the whole family. The daily tasks gradually drain her.
Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian-American animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.