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Joan of Arc

May 29 - June 7, 2020

Joan of Arc

(Dir. Bruno Dumont, 2019)







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From May 29 - June 7, Joan of Arc will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and KimStim. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

In the  15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French  throne. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan leads the  army of the King of France. When she is captured, the Church sends her  for trial on charges of heresy. Refusing to accept the accusations, the  graceful Joan of Arc will stay true to her mission.

Bruno  Dumont’s decision to work with a ten-year-old actress re-injects this  heroine’s timeless cause and ideology with a modernity that highlights  both the tragic female condition and the incredible fervor, strength and  freedom women show when shackled by societies and archaic virile orders  that belittle and alienate them.

Now online: Our Q&A with director Bruno Dumont, moderated by Jordan Cronk with translation by Nicholas Elliott. Watch below.

A cinematic miracle.

- Jean-Michel Frodon, Slate

More than ever, Bruno Dumont’s cinema confirms its originality and wealth.

- Stéphane du Mesnildot, Cahiers du Cinéma

[Joan of Arc]  achieves the miraculous feat of poking at the dogmatism of religious  institution, while celebrating faith in all its mysterious, obscure  powers.

- Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage

[Joan of Arc] is the wiser, raspier relative to the spry and turbulent Jeannette...  Dumont teaches us how to experience this quite verbose film: attendant  to song, glances, visual patterns, and the animated body above all else.

- Blake Williams, Cinema Scope

Dumont  transforms the tale into a dialectical spectacle: he stages military  musters like Busby Berkeley productions, seethes at the torturers’  rationalizations, delights in hearing his actors declaim the scholars’  sophistries, and thrills in the pugnacious simplicity of Joan’s defiant  responses, which reduce her captors’ pride and privilege to ridicule.

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

(Available to download after screening date)

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