In a small German town after World War I, young German woman Anna (Venice award-winning Paula Beer) mourns daily at the grave of her fiancé Frantz who was killed in battle in France. One day, young Frenchman Adrien also lays flowers at the grave. His presence so soon after the German defeat ignites passions. Largely filmed in sumptuous monochrome, this is one of director Ozon’s most mature and emotionally engaging works. The performances are masterful, especially the rightly award-recognised Beer.
Short film screening alongside this feature film: The Blackest Day
Josh Hawkins uses contemporary dance to examine the trauma created by war.
Based on first hand accounts of the “Kendal pals” of North West England who fought at the Somme, this piece of contemporary dance peers into the trauma created by war. It recreates not only the psychological fractures suffered by shell-shocked soldiers but also the difficult process of healing once battle is over.