France is the most successful film industry in Europe and enjoys a strong and innovative film tradition. French films of the 2000s are no exception. Is there a single definition for a contemporary French film? What are the distinct characteristics? How do the current films differ from the past? Join us as we seek to answer these and other questions. After viewing the documentary The Competition about admission into La Femis film school, members will watch films (available on both streaming and DVDs) and read selected texts and analysis guides (20-35 pp) which will be distributed on Canvas. The group will then meet in our virtual classroom for an in-depth discussion of the readings and analyze the film’s art style, the meanings within the film, and the music. Chosen films from 2000 to the present include Fat Girl (Breillat); The Barbarian Invasions (Arcand); The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Schnabel); Summer Hours (Assayas); White Material (C. Denis); Of Gods and Men (Beauvois); Rust and Bone (Audiard); The New Girlfriend (Ozon); The Sower (Francen); The Guardians (Beauvois); Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Sciamma). Film list is subject to streaming availability that month. Canvas used extensively. No class on 11/26/20.