In Conversation: French Cinema Favorites with Antonio Monda and Annette Insdorf

Thursday, June 1, 2023
FIAF Tinker Auditorium

Rediscover French cinema’s masterpieces and hidden gems with Le Conversazioni’s artistic director, Antonio Monda, and Columbia University film professor, Annette Insdorf. The two will discuss their favorite French films, revealing their selections during the talk.

This edition of In Conversation: French Cinema Favorites will focus on the theme of family and celebration, coinciding with the opening of Homecoming in the FIAF Gallery. The first U.S. exhibition by The Anonymous Project, Homecoming illustrates intimate moments of family life and familial celebration through photographs from the last 70 years.

Founded by Antonio Monda, Le Conversazioni is an international literary festival and speaker series dedicated to arts and culture. Past guests have included Meryl Streep, Brian Selznick, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Laurie Anderson.

Join us for Homecoming‘s opening reception in our gallery from 6-7:30pm before heading to the auditorium for the talk at 7:30pm.

Antonio Monda

Antonio Monda is a writer and the Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival and the international literary festival Le Conversazioni.

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    • He is the director of several documentaries as well as the feature film Dicembre, and has curated exhibitions for MoMA, Lincoln Center and the Guggenheim Museum. A regular contributor to the cultural pages of La Repubblica (1994-2018) and Vogue, he is also a columnist for La Stampa and RAI. His work has been published by The Paris Review, Fiction, The Common, and Vanity Fair. He has profiled twice on the New York Times, and defined as “A Cultural Institute in one single person” and “the custodian of the glory of New York.”

Annette Insdorf

Annette Insdorf is Professor of Film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Moderator of the popular “Reel Pieces” series at Manhattan’s 92Y, where she has interviewed almost 300 film celebrities.

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    • She is the author of the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel); Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francois Truffaut, a study of the French director’s work; Philip Kaufman, and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Her latest book is Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, currently in its fourth printing.