BOOK CLUB EVENT • MIDTOWN CINEMA
SUNDAY, MAY 5 • 9:00 AM • PRE-SCREENING NOSH
10:00 AM • FILM
12:00 PM • Discussion
France, 1977/Drama, 105 minutes/French, Hebrew w/subtitles/Directed by Moshe Mizrahi/Screenplay by Moshe Mizrahi, adapted from the novel La Vie devant soi by Romain Gary (writing as Emile Ajar)
Auschwitz survivor and aging former prostitute Madame Rosa has made ends meet by caring for the children of other prostitutes. The oldest of her charges, Momo, is an Arab adolescent who has lived with Madame Rosa for as long as he can remember, and it is he upon whom she depends as her physical and mental health decline. A coming of age story of unconditional love and support, based on The Life Before Us by French novelist Romain Gary, Madame Rosa stars award-winning actress Simone Signoret in the lead role.
Winner: 1978 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film; 1978 Best Foreign Film awards at the LA Film Critics Association, the Golden Globes, César Awards, National Board of Review
Please join us after 9:00 a.m. for bagels, coffee, and a screening of Madame Rosa, followed by a discussion of the novel and its screen adaptation with author and scholar Dr. Yelena (Helen) P. Khanzhina-Wexler. Professor Khanzhina-Wexler earned her Ph.D. in World Literature from the University of St. Petersburg (Russia). She immigrated to the United States in the 1990s, where she has continued to teach literature and writing at the university level. For the last 12 years Helen has facilitated the Book Club Film discussion, in the process making it one of the most eagerly anticipated events of each Film Festival season.
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