Bruno Dumont’s exceptional film about faith and religious fervor begins as devout 20-year-old Céline is expelled from a nunnery, the mother superior—who calls her a “caricature of a nun”—disapproving of her self-starvation and self-mortification. Dumont’s powerful film, which takes its title from the name of an isolated 13th-century poet, Hadewijch of Antwerp, profoundly (yet calmly) explores the relentless pursuit of faith in both Christianity and Islam—and what drives certain believers to acts of extreme violence.
(Bruno Dumont, 2009, 35mm, 120 min)
The Tournées Festival of New French Cinema
January 6-February 3, 2012
For the fourth year, the FSC and France Chicago Center partner to bring a series of contemporary French films to campus. This winter, spend Friday evenings with the films of five innovative directors whose work represents the best of French cinema today.
The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Culture (CNC), The Florence Gould Foundation, The Grand Marnier Foundation and highbrow entertainment.