Last week, the French movie scene was brought over across the Atlantic and to the NYU Washington Square campus. Headed up by Raissa Lahcine, the Edge Atlantic Film Festival, which presents independent feature films by American directors in France and French directors in the United States as well as shorts by Tisch School of Arts and La femis students, showcased four films in conjunction with several roundtables over a course of three days.
Unfortunately, I was busy and couldn’t make it to the first two days of the festival; I did however get a chance to come out for the last screening. It was quite a delight and interesting to see so many familiar faces – staff and former NYU in France students – since I hadn’t seen anyone from the campus since May. Seeing everyone in a context that wasn’t the small closed campus in the 16th arrondisement was a bit of a shock at first, but a pleasant change.
The film itself, DONOMA, was a low-budget production of only $200 that explored three aspects of love – infatuation, quotidian, and religious. Although it was rather long, the movie was well-done and was met with a large round of applause. Following the screening, the NYU in France staff said their thank-yous and director Djinn Carrénard took on a couple of questions from the audience.
Images courtesy of Edge Atlantic Film Festival