Virtual Screening & Talk
Nominated for a 2021 Oscar for Best Documentary Short
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Dir. Anthony Giacchino, 2020, 24 min, Color
In French and German with English subtitles
Join us for a special screening of the Academy Award–nominated documentary short “Colette,” followed by a conversation with director Anthony Giacchino, producer Alice Doyard, and the film’s subjects Colette Marin-Catherine and Lucie Fouble, moderated by Philippe Sands.
As a young girl, Colette Marin-Catherine fought the Nazis as a member of the French Resistance. Since 1945, she has refused to set foot in Germany. That changes when a young history student named Lucie Fouble enters her life. Lucie encourages her to revisit her past and travels with her to the concentration camp where the Nazis killed Colette’s brother.
Through this journey, Colette makes the ultimate discovery. That some wounds can only be healed if we find the courage to face our darkest and most haunting memories.
Watch the film and enjoy a behind-the-scenes conversation and virtual drinks with the film’s team.
“An exceptional documentary and an essential statement about the courage needed to resist evil.”
— Fergal Keane, Senior Foreign Correspondent, BBC
“I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The bond between these two different, very strong, intelligent women renders this film staggeringly powerful whilst remaining simplicity itself.”
— Emma Thompson, Actress
Anthony Giacchino, director of Colette, is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker living in New York.
His last documentary, The Giant’s Dream (Warner Bros), tells the story behind Academy Award–winning director Brad Bird’s first feature film, The Iron Giant. His first feature-length documentary, The Camden 28, aired on the PBS series POV and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen. Giacchino is a former Fulbright Scholar at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany.
Alice Doyard, producer of Colette, is an award-winning French producer and director.
Her credits include The Confined: A Story of Hidden Children (BBC), The Remarkable Resistance of Lilo (BBC), Resistance Women: The Fight Against Hitler in Berlin (BBC), Big Screen Splendors: Bridget Jones in London (Arte), Clockwork Climate (Arte), and Waiting for Immortality (Arte). Doyard earned a master’s degree in mathematics in Paris and studied digital cinema at DePaul University in Chicago.
Colette Marin-Catherine is one of the stars of Colette.
Born on April 25, 1929 in Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse, France, located between Bayeux and Caen in Normandy, Colette Marin-Catherine was 10 years old when the World War II started in 1939 and 16 years old when it ended. During the war, she helped gather intelligence by writing down the plates of German trucks and also volunteered in a hospital at the end of the war. Now 91, she currently lives in Caen.
Lucie Fouble is one of the stars of Colette.
Lucie Fouble was 17 at the time of filming “Colette” and is 19 now. She lives in the north of France where she studies the humanities. The research on French deportees to the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp that Fouble helped create while filming, Les Livre Des 9,000 Déportés de France Mittelbau Dora, was published in France in September, 2020.
Philippe Sands is a British and French lawyer at Matrix Chambers, and Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London.
A specialist in international law, he appears as counsel and advocate before many international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, and the International Criminal Court.
He is the author of 17 books on international law, including East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (2016), which won the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. His latest book, The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive about Otto Wächter, was published in 2020.