(Persia Digest) – A “French Film Week” is being staged at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) for a third time. Last year this time saw the first of such a week, attended by Jean-Michel Frodon, with the screening of New Wave French films and a movie by the late Abbas Kiarostami. Frodon is revisiting the TMoCA cinematheque again this year, to see through the second French Film Week until 18 April 2018. Meetings of knowledge transfer had been planned for the event, but no concrete news is available on this as of date.
Persia Digest (PD) reporter attended the event on the first day, when “L'Enfant sauvage” (1970) by director François Truffaut and “Summer Hours” (French: L'Heure d'été), a 2008 French drama film directed by Olivier Assayas, were screened. “L'Enfant sauvage” is one of Truffaut’s major movies about children, made to move against the flow of a society that continued to create an order after the French revolution.
This is what Frodon had to say about both movies and their common traits: “The protagonists in both movies experience a kind of freedom at the end. Neither one makes any specific claims with their routine mise en scène, yet creative narrations of their stories.”
Frodon also pointed to “Summer Hours” about the legacy of an artistic family being sold to a museum by the children following the death of their parents. In answer to questions by the audience, he said: ““Summer Hours” tries to bridge the gap between past and present through our relationship with our legacy. Olivier Assayas does not try to give a definite answer, but puts together the different elements like a puzzle moving towards a conclusion.”