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All About Actresses

All About Actresses


This event is organized by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
As part of the international film series "Films Across Borders: Stories of Women," the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the screening of All about Actresses.


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WHAT: All About Actresses

WHEN: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007

PRICE: Free admission

RESERVATION: Online registration required on Eventbrite.

ADD. INFOS: Every attendee must be registered under his/her name. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy.

All About Actresses By Maïwenn
2009 – France – 100 min
November 27 | 7:00 p.m.
In French with English subtitles.

A director (Maïwenn) dives into the strange and confusing world of French actresses. This mockumentary takes a behind-the-scenes camera angle to most genuinely portray actresses’ experiences in interviews, each actress providing a different perspective as to her career outlook. Maïwenn meets them in ordinary places, with a mere hand-held camera, as they reveal their ambitions, frustrations and sometimes their folly. As Maïwenn proclaims to Charlotte Rampling : “We don’t become actresses if we’re not neurotic”. Although the many close-up and POV shots give an impression of authenticity, the movie remains a work of fiction, albeit one inspired by the actual French film industry. Consequently, all actresses play cliché characters more or less based on real actresses: Marina Foïs plays a Botox addict, Romane Bohringer, a has-been depressed and forgotten actress, and Karin Viard, a full-of-herself snob bored by French movies, dreaming of American blockbusters.

However, as per Maiwenn’s vision, the film is both a documentary and a musical supported by short clips of songs and dances; the movie never aims at realism and attempts to depict something more than a mere reflection of reality. This provoking mise en abyme of French actresses resolutely takes the floor to tell new stories of women.

Films Across Borders: Stories of Women is presented by American University, National Gallery of Art, AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, Mexican Cultural Institute, Cultural Services of French Embassy, SPAIN arts & culture, Goethe-Institut Washington, House of Sweden DC LaborFestImmigration Film Fest, Women in Film and Video, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Vital Voices.

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