Elza

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Director Mariette Monpierre in Person! FREE ADMISSION for Amherst Cinema Members!  Stana Roumillac commands a deeply heartfelt performance as a woman born in Guadeloupe but raised in Paris who, following her achievement as the first college graduate of the family, decides to search for a man she barely remembers: her father.

Despite her mother's objections, Elza arrives in the Caribbean where the discovery of some unexpected and stark realities brings her to terms with her own identity. Based on the director's true story of searching for her biological father, the film captures the passion and contradictions of a family in transition. An international award-winning film alive with Caribbean color and rhythm (BAFTA Choice Award and Best First Feature, Pan-African Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature, Roxbury International Film Festival).  Free Member tickets are not available online.  Members must pick up their free tickets at the box office.

WINNER!

Paul Robeson Award for BEST FILM OF THE DIASPORA at FESPACO 2013!

NYTimes Critic's Pick! "Bathed in the flamingo colors and Caribbean rhythms of its location, this deeply personal debut from the writer and director Mariette Monpierre develops with a lingering attention to sensation and sound."

 

 

 

MEET THE FILMMAKER:

Mariette Monpierre is Guadeloupe's first female feature film director and a Smith College alumna, '85.  She will introduce her film IN PERSON and lead a Q&A immediately following the screening.