In 1944, young Lucien Lacombe returns to his parent’s house in rural south-western France and asks his former teacher to join the Résistance. Turned down because of his age, he ends up joining the French Gestapo. He enjoys his new position and power until he falls in love with France Horn, a Jewish girl, and starts to question his allegiance to the Nazis. Written by Louis Malle and Patrick Modiano, Lacombe Lucien won the BAFTA Best Picture Award in 1975.
An introductory talk will discuss examples of Patrick Modiano’s work and his contribution to French and international literary scenes, while guiding us through Modiano’s Paris. With Boyd Tonkin (The Independent), Bill Swainson (Bloomsbury), Euan Cameron (translator for MacLehose Press), Philippe Roussin (Maison Française d’Oxford) and Lucie Campos (Institut français).
The movie will start at 8.30pm.
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