New French Cinema: Beyond Borders

French Women Filmmakers and Global Perspectives

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This event presents three movies from the 2021 Young French Cinema program and a roundtable discussion with the filmmakers. All three films are by women writer-directors and feature characters outside France. À coeur battant (The End of Love, Keren Ben Rafael) is set in France and Israel, Sous le ciel d’Alice (The Skies of Lebanon, Chloe Mazlo) takes place in Beirut, and Si le vent tombe (Should the Wind Drop, Nora Martirosyan) follows a French inspector in Nagorno Karabakh. The virtual roundtable discussion will gather the three filmmakers, Keren Ben Rafael, Chlo Mazlo and Nora Martirosyan and will address storytelling, gender and French culture beyond its borders.

Films can be screened online for free a few days before the roundtable discussion.

November 5, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

This online event is free and open to the public.


  • Keren Ben Rafael was born in Israel in 1978. She studied Philosophy and French Literature at Tel Aviv University while working as a director and content editor on television documentaries. She graduated from the prestigious French School La Femis, Directing Department in 2009. Her short films “I’m your man”, “Northern lights” and “At the beach” won several prizes at various festivals and were all screened on television. 
  • Chloe Mazlo is a French-Lebanese filmmaker, based in Paris. After studying graphic design at the Arts Décoratifs school in Strasbourg, she specialized in animated film directing, at the intersection of several film techniques. Her short films have been selected in various festivals in France and abroad, broadcasted on television (France 2, Canal +) and won several awards. Skies of Lebanon, starring Alba Rohrwacher and Wajdi Mouawad, is her first feature.
  • Nora Martirosyan, artist and filmmaker, lives in Montpellier. She graduated from the Yerevan Academy of Fine Arts in Armenia, her native country where she resided until the age of 23. From 1997, she traveled across Europe and graduated from the prestigious Amsterdam School of Fine Arts, L’Ecole du Fresnoy and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She divides her time between teaching film and video and making films that quickly won awards at film festivals such as Belfort or the FID.


  • Richard Neupert (University of Georgia) is the Charles H. Wheatley Professor of the Arts and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He teaches film history and theory. His special areas of interest are French cinema, narrative theory and animation. 
  • Kelley Conway (University of Wisconsin) is Professor of Film in the Department of Communication Arts. She currently serves as Chair of the Department and Artistic Director of the Wisconsin Film Festival and the UW Cinematheque. Kelley Conway is the author of numerous of books and articles on French cinema. 


This event is organized by the University of Georgia’s Film Studies program, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Wisconsin, Unifrance  and Athens Ciné, with the support of the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States.

Photo credits: Sous le ciel d’Alice (Moby Dick Films);  Si le vent tombe (Sister Productions); À coeur battant (Palikao Film)