Czech New Wave and Beyond Sale
Human Rights/Social Justice
Masahiro Kobayashi Films
South Asian/Southeast Asian
The sequel to Bunuel's 1967 film,
Belle de Jour
, directed by Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira at the age of 97, is a masterpiece in its own right. Michel Piccoli reprises his role as Husson, while Bulle Ogier steps in for Catherine Deneuve as the bourgeois housewife-turned-whore, Severine. Almost four decades after employing her in his brothel, Husson spots Severine at a concert in Paris and pursues her, dying to unlock the skeletons in her deep, dark closet. "...luminous...extraordinarily graceful" (Richard Brody,
The New Yorker
). A nominee for Best Actor (Piccolo) at the European Film Awards and an Official Selection at the New York Film Festival. In French with optional English subtitles.
Manoel de Oliveira---Portugal/France---2006---70 mins.
MY MOTHER'S SMILE