Joyeux Noël


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Joyeux Noël

  1. Saturday, December 13, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Joyeux Noel
Inspired by true stories that took place on many fronts of WWI on Christmas Eve 1914, Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) depicts a short, unauthorized truce through the eyes of French, Scottish, and German soldiers. For one night, enemies shared tidings instead of bullets or bayonets. The film was criticized for its sentimentality, but the fact remains that this display of humanity did happen, surrounded by the brutality of war and fierce combat that preceded and followed that evening. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. In French, German and English languages with English subtitles. (35mm presentation) Special thanks to the Institut Français in Paris with support from Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.