Lunch & Learn Lecture Series: AppSummer Book and Film Club: Dr. John Pfeifer

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Presented in conjunction with the Weicholz Global Film Series as part of the summer festival, this inaugural Lunch and Learn book club event honors the tenth anniversary of presenting quality foreign films at An Appalachian Summer Festival. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to read From the Land of the Moon, discuss the book at this event, and see the film adaptation of the novel on August 3, on the big screen at the Schaefer Center.

From the Land of the Moon was written by Milena Agus and translated into English by Ana Goldstein, an editor at The New Yorker who has translated Agus and more than twenty other writers including Elena Ferrante. The short, 108-page novella, published by Europa Editions, tells the story of a free-spirited woman fighting for her passionate dream of true love against all odds.

Nominated for both the Strega Prize and Stresa di Narrative Prize, From the Land of the Moon won the Zerilli-Marimo Prize for Italian fiction in 2008. That literary prize, which is sponsored by various organizations including Harvard University, New York University and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is awarded to a book which is deemed especially worthy of the attention of readers in North America and the English-speaking world.

The film stars Academy Award-winning actress, Marion Cotillard. Although some film critics have described the film as “Nicholas Sparks style melodrama” and objected to the plot twist at the end of the film, I believe that both the cinematography and the performance by Cotillard make the film a worthwhile cinematic experience. Glenn Kenny of writes, “The movie is sumptuously shot by Christophe Beaucarne; every frame is robustly picturesque. . . Cotillard has a field day with the role of Gabrielle, committing to her needy passion without batting an eye, even when it’s manifesting itself in the most mortifying ways. It’s a protean performance.”

The film will be offered as part of the Weicholz Global Film Series on Friday, August 3, at 7pm. Festival attendees can choose to see only the film, participate in the book club and skip the film, or participate in the entire Book/Film Club experience. The novella is available for purchase from the Schaefer Center Box Office, and buyers of the book will receive a free ticket to the film. If you wish to see only the film, tickets are available at the box office for $10. As always, the Weicholz Global Film Series event will be preceded by a brief introduction by Dr. John Pfeifer.

About the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

These informal and interactive lunch-time presentations at the Turchin Center, offer participants a behind-the-scenes view of the summer festival’s offerings in the visual arts, as well as disciplines such as music, theatre and dance. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Water will be provided.

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