Almayer’s Folly


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PrintInternational Arthouse Series

Almayer’s Folly

  1. Friday, February 21, 2014 9:30 p.m.
  2. Sunday, February 23, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Almayer's Folly
Almayer’s Folly (2011) Chantal Akerman adapts Joseph Conrad’s debut novel concerning a Dutch trader living in Malaysia, transplanting the story from the 1890s to the 1950s. This brings the weight of another 50 years of colonialism and foreign intervention to bear on Conrad’s tale, a story of cultural conflict, desire, and despair. Having married the adopted Malay in order to obtain an inheritance that has failed to materialize, Almayer has become isolated and bitter, investing all his emotional energy in his own beloved daughter, Nina. Haunted by feelings of racial alienation and harboring hatred towards her father, Nina has no intention of providing him with comfort or companionship. In French, English, and Khmer languages with English subtitles. (35mm presentation)