February 12, 2015
A Very Long Engagement
The acclaimed film A Very Long Engagement (2004) is presented in conjunction with the IU commemoration of the Great War. The film depicts a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War I.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is an award-winning director and writer of several films, including Delicatessen (1991), The City of Lost Children (1995) and Amélie (2001)—which won the European Film Award for Best Director and was nominated for Academy Awards for screenwriting and direction.
March 4, 2015
Director Peter Weir Presents Gallipoli
A Talk, Film Screening, and Q&A
Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir will present his film Gallipoli (1981)—the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) winner for best direction—as part of the IU WWI commemorative events. The film tells the story of two Australian sprinters who face the hard realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.
Weir will talk about his WWI-inspired film before the screening. Audience members can participate in a question-and-answer session with Weir following the film.
Weir has directed many critically and commercially successful films, which include Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Witness (1985, nominated for the Best Director Oscar), Dead Poets Society (1989, winner of David di Donatello and BAFTA film awards), The Truman Show (1998, Best Non-European film, European Film Awards), Master and Commander (2003, nominated for Best Director and Best Picture Oscars), and The Way Back (2010).