If you have yet to visit the new Light House Cinema here is the perfect excuse. Les Femmes De l’Ombre (Female Agents) will screen at Dublin’s newest cinema on June 18th, with both its director and lead actress visiting Dublin to open the french resistance flick.
Based on true events, the film is a powerful and nuanced account of the challenges that faced female World War II Resistance fighters, who were constantly in the shadow of men and accorded little importance for the roles they played; hence the title, which if properly translated, is ‘Shadow Women’ (much better don’t you think?)
Set in Spring 1944, on the eve of the Normandy landings, the film follows Louise, a member of the French Resistance fleeing to London after her husband’s summary execution. There, she is recruited by the Special Operations Executive, an intelligence service overseen by Churchill himself. She is immediately assigned to an urgent mission: the rescue of a British agent who has fallen into German hands. To successfully achieve the mission, she must put together an all-female unit.
Attending the Irish premiere will be actress Deborah François, who some of you will remember from the award-winning L’Enfant. Writer/Director Writer (Arséne Lupin) will also attend to open the film. The two will take part in a post-screening Q&A, giving you the chance to quiz the pair on anything from french cinema to their views on ‘Allo Allo!’.
The screening will take place Wednesday, June 18th 2008 at 6.30pm in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield. Tickets for this very special event are now available from www.lighthousecinema.ie, or at (01) 879 7601.