Carleton’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship Hosts French Film Director, Marion Stalens

Actress Juliette Binoche and her sister, documentary filmmaker Marion Stahlens

In conjunction with its ongoing International Film Forum, Carleton College will host French filmmaker Marion Stalens, the director of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait (Juliette Binoche dans les yeux) (2009). Stalens will present a talk entitled “Between Fiction and Reality, Fine Lines” on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304. This event is free and open to the public.

In advance of Stahlens’ appearance, Carleton will present three short films on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.—Danse Afrique Danse, Le Voyage du Fauteuil, and Silence or Exile. The following evening on April 14 at 7 p.m., the public is also invited to a screening of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait.

In this film, Stalens provides a new view of Binoche, an Oscar-winning actress and the director’s sister, by providing a window onto her artistic life beyond the red carpet. This portrait explores Binoche’s complex personality as an artist, revealing her artistic depth by capturing her throughout 2008 at work on a variety of different projects in disciplines ranging from cinema to dance to painting. The close relationship between the director and her subject infuses the film with a sense of intimacy and authenticity that invites the public to share in this extraordinary artist’s world.

An actor, screenwriter, film director and world-renowned photographer, Stalens made her first film in 2001. Her projects tackle the art world as well as social topics where the common denominator is a reflection upon our shared living. Her works include Invitation to Leave France (2007) and The Reconciliation, (2004), which documents life in South Africa a decade after Apartheid's end.

This event is co-sponsored by the Carleton College Department of French and Francophone Studies and the Christopher U. Light Lectureship. For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4252. Leighton Hall is located at the end of College Street on the Carleton campus in Northfield. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located on Third and College Streets in Northfield.