by | Dec 30, 2021 | Films

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~ Exclusive Cincinnati Screening ~

IN-THEATRE
Friday April 8, 7:00 & Saturday April 9, 7:00

$10 adv, $15 door, “France.”
$16 adv, $24 door, double-feature with “Le Havre.”
Proof of vaccination required for admission.

STREAMING ONLINE
Opening April 7

$15, “France.”
$24, double-feature with “Le Havre.”
 

In France, director Bruno Dumont’s roller-coaster style mixes genres and pacing, as satire, comedy, romance and drama overlap with little warning. Off the top, the name of the film coincides with the name of the central character and we logically suppose the film explores both the character and the country. By design, Dumont reveals the world as he sees it, addressing social media, journalism, the migrant crisis, celebrity, wealth, beauty and privilege. But, through plotline twists and turns, interpretations and conclusions are left to the viewer.

When we first meet television news star France de Meuers, we encounter a self-absorbed media celebrity, clearly into self-promotion and fame to the point of orchestrating her in-the-field reporting. As such, she is not very likeable. From the opening scene with French president Emmanuel Macron we are told that television journalism and politics – just like narrative cinema – is largely fiction.

As the film unfolds, it expands beyond the initial allegory and the focus shifts to France de Meuers. A minor traffic accident moves the tone from satire to personal metamorphosis. We’re exposed to de Meuers’ isolation, unhappiness and loneliness as she deals with guilt, depression and existential crisis.

Léa Seydoux as France de Meuers is clearly the center of gravity. Her news industry persona – pale white skin, blue eyes, blood red lipstick and Louis Vuitton couture – conveys a powerful and determined character.  At other times her character is enigmatic, flawed and vulnerable, adroitly navigating the shifts between satire, tragicomedy and drama. Seydoux’s facial expressions and body language capture the full range of emotion in virtually every scene – she is the glue that makes France work.

WHAT, WHERE, WHEN & HOW MUCH
HYBRID EVENT: On the big screen at the Garfield and in the CWC Virtual Cinema.

WHAT:
“FRANCE”
Starring Léa Seydoux as France de Meuers
Director Bruno Dumont, France/Belgium, Satire/Drama/, 2021, 101 min, in French  with English subtitles.

WHERE:
☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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Proof of full vaccination with booster is required for in-theatre admission, with masking, reduced capacity and distancing practiced in the venue.

WHEN:
☀ In THE GARFIELD THEATRE,
Friday April 8, 7:00 & Saturday April 9, 7:00
Also available as a same-day Saturday double-feature with Le Havre
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☀ In The CWC VIRTUAL CINEMA 24×7,
Opening April 7.

TICKETS:
In-theatre single tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (if not sold out in advance).
In-theatre double-feature tickets are $16 in advance, $24 at the door:
—  Le Havre  3:30 pm + France 7 pm

Virtual Cinema single tickets are $15.
Virtual Cinema double-feature tickets are $24.
— Watch separately, together, in any order.

All tickets available online via the Tix Buttons (top of this webpage), and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

ADA ACCESS & SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.

TERMS OF PURCHASE (In-Theatre):
Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.

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DRINKS & DINING

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It couldn’t be easier – across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

For CWC patrons, general manager Michaele Kadivnik offers a 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between a CWC double feature. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

HOURS: MON-TUE, closed; WED-THS, 4-10 pm; FRI-SAT, 4-12 am; SUN, 4-10 pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the restaurant, every night. Hours and menu subject to change – check the website before booking. RESERVATIONS REQUESTED: 513-954-8974 or thebutcherbarrel.com.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS, from Butcher & Barrel management:
“ALL GUESTS are required to wear face masks when they arrive, and while in any common spaces. In compliance with the most recent government guidelines, we cannot allow guests to wait for a table in common areas and reservations are accepted for groups of UP TO 10 guests ONLY.”

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