The work of the great comic book artist Jacques Tardi is cleverly and beautifully carried to the big screen in April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truque), a surreal sci-fi period piece that reimagines mid-20th century Paris as a smog-filled, steam-powered Napoleonic empire whose future lies in the hands of an orphaned young woman, voiced by French star Marion Cotillard.
6pm – 8pm in the Library Events Area
“This is my intifada,” [Fatima] says: her act of uprising. Raising her daughters is her rebellion against oppression.
“Fatima” is a modest but engrossing movie, clocking in at a slim 78 minutes, that explores what that sort of act of rebellion might look like for a woman like Fatima: a North African immigrant in her mid-forties, divorced, living in Lyon, in a community that doesn’t seem overly eager to assimilate her or women like her. As such, it combines several currents running through contemporary European cinema: the sticky matter of immigration and assimilation, the challenges faced by the working class, and the tricky matters women navigate when they’re members of both of those groups.