“Un Secret leaves in place a sense that something horribly and splendidly strange can lie under the surface of ordinary experience.”
–A.O. Scott, New York Times
(France, 2007, 90 mins.)
In French with English subtitles.
Directed and written by
Patrick Bruel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Julie Depardieu, Myriam Fuks, Nathalie Boutefeu, Eric Godon, Quentin Dubuis, Cécile de France, Sam Garbarski
Yves Marmion, Alfred Hurmer
Gerard de Battista
Awards and Honors:
Top Five Foreign Films of 2008 by National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Grand Prix des Amériques at Montréal World Film Festival in 2007, nominated for 11 Césars (French Academy Awards), won Best Supporting Actress for Julie Depardieu.
dapted from Philippe Grimbert’s best selling novel, A Secret (Un Secret) is a story of passion and guilt in troubled times, which unfolds as a young teenager uncovers the truth about his parents’ past. He finds out that before the war, his father Maxime (Patrick Bruel, The Comedy of Power, O Jerusalem) was married to Hannah (Ludivine Sagnier, 8 Women, Swimming Pool, A Girl Cut in Two, Love Songs) when he fell madly in love with his mother Tania (Cécile de France, The Russian Dolls, Avenue Montaigne). As a young Jewish couple living in Nazi-occupied France, Maxime and Tania had to make difficult choices to survive the war and the Holocaust (Strand Releasing). Watch the trailer for Un Secret.
Mature Themes; not recommended for viewers under 14.
Contemporary Arts Alliance wishes to acknowledge the partnership of Strand Releasing in presenting Un Secret.
The Inquisitive Snail
(Canada, 2008, 1 min.)
Filmmakers are scheduled to attend.
n inquisitive snail digs up dirt on the local inhabitants. Secrets are delicious.
Contemporary Arts Alliance wishes to acknowledge the partnership of Flemish Beauty in presenting The Inquisitive Snail.
Wianbu (Comfort Woman)
(South Korea, 2008, 11 mins.)
ohee, a naïve teenager girl is kidnapped and brought to a Japanese military station during WWII. She as the other 200,000 women in Asia during this period is violated and given the name of “Comfort Woman”. Sohee’s dramatic journey reflects the agony and pain most of these women had to carry and survive.
Contemporary Arts Alliance wishes to acknowledge the partnership of James Bang in presenting Wianbu.