‘Violette’ at City Screen

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On Tuesday 13 January, City Screen will be showing Violette, a film about Violette Leduc, a French author, and her relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. For more information, see the synopsis below or visit the City Screen event page.

Violette Leduc, born out of wedlock at the beginning of the 20th century and scarred by childhood trauma and a loveless marriage, encountered Simone de Beauvoir in the post-war years in St-Germain-des-Prés. An intense relationship began between the two which would last their whole lives, based for Violette on the quest for freedom through writing, and for Simone on the conviction that she held the fate of an extraordinary writer in her hands.

A parade of great French writers from Camus to Genet is brought to life by a magnificent ensemble cast as director Martin Provost vividly and unsentimentally recreates the heady intellectual atmosphere of 1940s Paris.

One of the most accomplished actors at work in France today, Devos (KINGS & QUEEN) gives an impassioned performance as Violette, portraying an uncompromising female artist’s journey from darkness to light. Kiberlain is equally brilliant, beautifully rendering de Beauvoir’s intelligence, severity and compassion.

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Andy is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London researching queer and genderqueer speech. They established York LGBT History Month in 2014 while working at York St John University. They then developed it into an independent organisation, and served as Lead Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, which included overseeing its registration as a charity. They now remain vaguely involved from a distance. During their seven years in York, Andy also studied at both of York’s universities and served periods as secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They are also involved in the Everyday Cissexism campaign and write occasionally about trans, poly and other queer matters on their website/blog.

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