Three Films by Columbia Affiliates to Show at Clermont-Ferrand

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Poster from film, L’Echappée                 
Three films directed, written, or produced by Columbia Film Program affiliates will be shown at Clermont-Ferrand, a leading international short film festival in central France, in February. The three films are The Law of Averages, L’Echappée, and Red Apples. Each is the result of a collaboration between multiple Film Program affiliates.

The Law of Averages was written and directed by current film student, Lizzie Rose, produced by Julia Thompson ‘16, co-produced by Elif Ayan ‘16, and edited by Keola Racela ‘15, with current student, Tim O’Connor serving as assistant director and Clara Roquet ‘16, as script supervisor. The film, according to the festival website, is a “dark comedy” set in the countryside of Quebec during a “brutal winter” as “a woman and her adult daughter await the death of their family's matriarch.” The film seeks to portray the “unwitting emotional pain mothers and daughters inflict on each other,” according to the website.

L’Echappée was written and directed by Jonathan Mason ‘07 and Hamid Saidji ‘05. The film, according to the website, presents a “kaleidoscopic journey through the streets of Algiers in Hocine Filali's ramshackle taxi. With dreams of setting sail toward a better life in Italy, he'll first have to break free from the grip of this magical city and its colorful cast of characters.”

Red Apples was written by George Sikharulidze ’17 and produced and written by current producing student, Ophelia Harutyunyan. According to the festival website, in the film, a “young Armenian bride's relationship with her husband is put to the test on their first day of marriage when her mother-in-law interferes.”

Trailers for the films and more information about the festival are available on the Clermont-Ferrand website.

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