2019, Stéphane Braunschweig, France, 120 min.
With Laurent Stocker, Stéphane Varupenne, Dominique Blanc
- Sat, Nov 23rd 12:30pm
Thanks to the manipulations of his mother Agrippina, Nero now rules over Rome. Yet it is his half-brother Britannicus, rightful heir to the late Emperor, who should have inherited the throne. Viewing him as a threat, Nero has Britannicus' fiancée Junie kidnapped and gradually transforms into a tyrant. Racine chooses a particular episode in Roman history, the moment when a monster emerges: Nero, the true hero of a work that in fact bears the name of his victim. It is the story of a takeover of power whose plot twists are rooted in the personality of the young emperor. In a space evoking a “modern, real place of power designed to hold discussions to which the people have no access and where decisions are made”, director Braunschweig highlights “the close interweaving of the psychological and the political”. Presented in collaboration with Chicago’s Alliance Française. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of Pathé)
Actor Park Krausen of Atlanta's Théâtre du Rêve, and ensemble member of Chicago's Goodman Theatre, will be present for audience discussion.
BRITANNICUS (November 23) special ticket prices: $6/Film Center and Alliance Française members and $5/students. The usual $12/general admission price still applies.