Film Series

French Film Festival

Mondays, February 12 through 26 at 7pm

La Grande Guerre: Remembering the First World War

Admission is free. Each film will be introduced by Williams College Professor of French Brian Martin. All films are in French with English subtitles.

February 12 @ 7PM: Christian Carion’s Joyeux Noël (2005)
February 19 @ 7PM: Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement (2004)
February 26 @ 7PM: François Ozon’s Frantz (2016)

Titled La Grande Guerre: Remembering the First World War, this year’s Williams College French Film Festival marks the centenary of the Great War with three recent films from France. Collectively, these films examine the impact of the horrifying violence in the trenches of western France on both soldiers and civilians, from the Christmas truce in 1914, to the Battle of the Somme in 1916, to the Armistice in 1918. We hope this film festival will both honor the centenary and educate the Williams campus and larger community about the legacy of the Great War. In this spirit, the Williams Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (in collaboration with the French and German Programs and Sawyer Library, and in conjunction with several courses focusing on the war) is organizing a series of events in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, including: the French Film Festival on La Grande Guerre (February 2018); a speaker series by three leading historians on the effects of the Great War on France, Germany, and Africa (October and November 2018); and an exhibit in Sawyer Library (organized by students, librarians, and archivists in Chapin Library and Special Collections) on archival materials from World War I, including books, letters, and photographs by Williams students and faculty who served in the Great War (May to December 2018).

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Frantz

Starring: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney

Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna, a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien, a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien’s presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks.

  • Director: François Ozon
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, War

“The film sucks you in with its exquisite cinematography (shot in lush black-and-white, with a handful of carefully curated moments in color), and a heavy influence of Thirties and Forties Classic Hollywood filming techniques.”

– Austin Chronicle

This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The festival was co-organized by Jane Canova of the Center for Foreign Languages and French Professor Brian Martin who will introduce the films. All films are in French with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA.

Special Event

Red Carpet Party

March 4, 2018 7:30 PM

Celebrate the year in cinema with the Oscars ceremony on the big screen. Free to attend!

Dress to impress! Get interviewed on the Red Carpet by our Red Carpet hosts Anne Kennedy & Molly Kerns, 7:30-8pm, for broadcast on Willinet! Red Carpet provided by Aladco!

Enter the Pick the Winner contest for a chance to win a year of free movies at Images Cinema! Ballots are $10; $25 for three.

Bid in our Silent Auction fundraiser!

Beer and wine will be available from our cash bar.

Thank you to our Silent Auction donors: Amy's Cottage, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Blue Mango Thai Restaurant, Brazeau's Butcher Shop, Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, Mount Williams Greenhouses, Nature's Closet , Nicole Methot, LMT , The Print Shop, Spring Street Market & Cafe, West's Wine and Spirits, The Williams Bookstore, And local artists: Jana Christy, Sarah Currie, Zoe Doucette, Carol Goodman, David Lachman, Anna Moriarty-Lev, and Lucy Rollins.

Special Showing

I Am Not Your Negro

Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Change Film Series.

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I Am Not Your Negro

Starring: James Baldwin

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

  • Director: Raoul Peck
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A brilliant piece of filmic writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency, not just for the long-unresolved history it seeks to confront, but also in its attempt to understand what is happening here, right now.”

– Washington Post

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Change Film Series.

Special Showing

Coco

Saturday, March 17 at 11am and 2pm

Presented by the Williamstown Community Chest. Free Admission.
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Coco

Starring: Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez

Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

  • Director: Lee Unkrich
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 49 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

“Coco is a day-glo firecracker celebrating a country and a culture that has been (and continues to be) much maligned, and it’s at its most vibrant when it journeys into and beyond the shadow of death. That’s a paradox I can live with.”

– Boston Globe

Presented by the Williamstown Community Chest.

Special Showing

American Revolutionary

Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Justice Film Series.

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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Starring: Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover

The documentary film, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy—her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her—drives the story forward.

Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience — the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

  • Director: Grace Lee
  • Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“In sharing her subject's life achievements, [Ms. Lee] raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open.”

– New York Times

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Justice Film Series.

Special Showing

Agents of Change

Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series.

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Agents of Change

Starring: Danny Glover,

From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.

Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past--making it not just a movie but a movement.

  • Director: Frank Dawson, Abby Ginzberg
  • Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The film is full of fascinating, archival footage, but its most important point is the central role that black students played in the fight to reform American universities: most notably, they pushed for the expansion of Eurocentric curricula to include intellectual contributions of other racial and ethnic groups, for the hiring of more diverse faculty and better recruitment, and for more humane treatment of students of color.”

– Mother Jones

Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series