Joan the Maid: The Battles

  • Dir: Jacques Rivette

  • France, 1994, 160min, 35mm

  • Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Tatiana Moukhine, Jean-Marie Richier

Part one of Rivette’s cinematic epic on the life of Joan of Arc traces the teenager’s journey from unknown villager to a woman defending her spirituality and becoming the vanguard of the French army, leading to a decisive victory in Orleans. A work that stands out from the director’s films hitherto completed, Joan the Maid‘s materialist interpretation of a figure marked by legend and history is far from hagiography. Sandrine Bonnaire’s sobering portrayal of a young woman-warrior renders an arguably more realistic and well-rounded portrait of a person who, in a very human way, struggles with the meaning of her convictions. Rivette plays a cameo role as a priest who blesses the young Joan before she leaves home.

06/02/2017 (Mon): Post-screening talk with William Lau

Package Discount on Joan the Maid: The Battles, Joan the Maid: The Prisons and Gang of Four: 30% discount to each purchase of standard tickets of two of the films, 35% discount to each purchase of standard tickets of all three films



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