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1. SFC ANNUAL CONFERENCE: The Studies in French Cinema Conference: Word and Image will be held at King's College, London on 28 April 2011.
2. NEW BOOK: François Ozon by Thibaut Schilt
3. NEW BOOK: Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema by Tim Palmer


 1. SFC ANNUAL CONFERENCE: The Studies in French Cinema Conference: Word and Image will be held at King's College, London on 28 April 2011.

Papers to be given at the conference are:

- Mary Harrod (King’s College, London): Sweet Nothings: Imagining the Inexpressible in Contemporary French Romantic Comedy
- Annabelle King (University of Sydney): Superimposition and Cultural Memory in Chabrol’s and Renoir’s Adaptations of Madame Bovary
- Thomas Pillard (Université de Paris-Ouest Nanterre): L’articulation entre la parole de l’acteur et les images génériques dans le cinéma de genre français d’après-guerre : le cas de Fernandel dansL’Ennemi Public n°1 (Henri Verneuil, 1953)
- Emma Bielecki: From Page to Screen: The Shifting Identities of Fantômas
- Pascal Laborderie (Université d’Orléans): La généralisation de la parole dans les films éducatifs français des années 1930
- Sarah Leahy (Newcastle University) and Isabelle Vanderschelden (Manchester Metropolitan University): Reassessing the history of French cinema : The understated role of French screenwriters
- Codruta Morari (Wellesley College): Dire l’absence: subjectivité et cinéphilie de Rohmer à Ozon
- Martine Pierquin (University of Edinburgh): Speech and Performance in the cinema of Jean Eustache
- Alina Opreanu (University of Harvard): Envisioning Loss: Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s Cinema of Mourning
- Cécile Sorin (Université de Paris VIII): Le pasticciaccio à la française : les dialogues dans les films de Kechiche
- Alison Levine (University of Virginia): Words on Trial: Oral Performance in Abderrahamane Sissako’s Bamako
- Tijana Mamula (John Cabot University): Metaphorically Seeing: The Place Names of Marguerite Duras
- Alison Smith (University of Liverpool): Crossing the linguistic threshold: language and cultural meetings in Philippe Lioret’s Welcome and Rachid Bouchareb’s London River

The full Conference Programme, together with registration information can be found using the following link:


2. NEW BOOK: François Ozon by Thibaut Schilt

In just over a decade, François Ozon has earned an international reputation as a successful and provocative filmmaker. A student of Eric Rohmer and Jean Douchet at the prestigious Fémis, Ozon made a number of
critically acclaimed shorts in the 1990s and released his first feature film Sitcom in 1998. Two additional shorts and eleven feature films have followed, including international successes 8 femmes and Swimming Pool
and more recent releases such as Angel, Ricky, and Le refuge. Ozon's originality lies in his filmmaking style, which draws on familiar cinematic traditions (the crime thriller, the musical, the psychological drama, the comedy, the period piece) but simultaneously mixes these recognizable genres and renders them unfamiliar. Despite tremendous
diversity in cinematic choices, Ozon's oeuvre is surprisingly consistent in its desire to blur the traditional frontiers between the masculine and the feminine, gay and straight, reality and fantasy, auteur and
commercial cinema.

Thibaut Schilt provides an overview of François Ozon's career to date, highlighting the director's unrestrained, voracious cinephilia, his recurrent collaborations with women screenwriters and actresses, and the
trademarks of his cinema including music, dance, and the clothes that accompany these now typically Ozonian episodes. Schilt contextualizes Ozon's filmmaking within the larger fields of French filmmaking and
international queer cinema, and he discusses several major themes running through Ozon's work, including obsessions with inadequate fathers, various types of mourning, and a recurring taste for "the foreign." The volume also includes an insightful interview with the director.

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3. NEW BOOK: Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema by Tim Palmer

Brutal Intimacy is the first book to explore the fascinating films of contemporary France, ranging from mainstream genre spectaculars to arthouse experiments, and from wildly popular hits to films that deliberately alienate the viewer. Twenty-first-century France is a major source of international cinema—diverse and dynamic, embattled yet prosperous—a national cinema offering something for everyone. Tim Palmer investigates France’s growing population of women filmmakers, its buoyant vanguard of first-time filmmakers, the rise of the controversial cinema du corps, and France’s cinema icons: auteurs like Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Gaspar Noé, and stars such as Vincent Cassel and Jean Dujardin. Analyzing dozens of breakthrough films, Brutal Intimacy situates infamous titles alongside many yet to be studied in the English language. Drawing on interviews and the testimony of leading film artists, Brutal Intimacy promises to be an influential treatment of French cinema today, its evolving rivalry with Hollywood, and its ambitious pursuits of audiences in Europe, North America, and around the world.
“Brutal Intimacy accomplishes something rare and noteworthy: to study contemporary art works with the critical distance of a cultural historian. This is truly a ‘history of the present time.’”—Alan Williams, author of Republic of Images: A History of French Filmmaking and professor of French and cinema studies, Rutgers University
 “These beautifully balanced, sensitive analyses of mainstream and popular films—as well as the rich group of films by young and well-established women directors—Palmer explores how French cinema is inescapably French even when it tries not to be.”—Phil Powrie, professor of cinema studies, University of Surrey, general editor of Studies in French Cinema
 “Palmer analyzes contemporary French cinema, from the popular mainstream to its extreme fringes, proving that France's institutions, individual auteurs, and cultural context ensure constant renewal and experimentation.  Brutal Intimacy celebrates French film practice today as the world's most vital and challenging cinema.”—Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts, University of Georgia
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Professor of Cinema Studies
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
University of Surrey

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