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Homo Faber
1991, Westchester Films, 117 min, Dir: Volker Schlöndorff

Walter Faber (Sam Shepard) is a man of logic buffeted by coincidences - a plane crash, a chance meeting of a friend’s brother … and a young woman (Julie Delpy, wonderful here) with a connection to his life that he doesn’t suspect. While the politics of Max Frisch’s source novel are muted in this beautiful 1950s-set adaptation, its focus on mysterious fate and tragic love remains powerful.

La passion Béatrice
1987, AMLF, 130 min, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

This unflinching portrait of life in medieval France stars Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu as François, who returns home after years of battle a changed man. Daughter Béatrice (Julie Delpy) idolizes him at first, but her love is challenged by François’ growing brutality. “No other Middle Ages period film looks quite like this one - and only a few, like Walerian Borowczyk's 1971 BLANCHE, tell such seemingly merciless and anti-romantic stories.” – Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times.

Le Skylab
2011, Film Distribution, 114 min, Dir: Julie Delpy

Writer-director Julie Delpy drew from childhood memories to create an affectionate ensemble comedy about a family reunion in the summer of 1979. Seen through the eyes of precocious 11-year-old Albertine (Lou Alvarez), traveling with her left-wing parents (Eric Elmosnino and Delpy) to attend her grandmother’s birthday party in Brittany, this nostalgic tale strikes a knowing balance between childhood pleasures and fear that the sky – or in this case, Skylab – is falling.

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