On se fait une toile?

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It has become a classic and a holiday favorite… at least in our home but particularly this year as the world celebrated the end of World War I.
Please join us for a viewing of Joyeux Noël, a movie presented at the Cannes Festival of 2005 (hors competition)

When: Friday December 14th, 2018 at 5:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: We ask you to arrive at 5:30pm — not before as we most often are still setting up until 5:30 — so that you will have approximately 30 minutes to socialize, enjoy food and refreshments before we start the movie around 6:00. This schedule permits tardiness due to traffic, parking, or other reasons and allows us to have social time before and after the movie.
The Movie: Joyeux Noël de Christian Carion
Where: The Language Exchange – 75 Market Street – Suite 305 – Portland
What: Movie (in English, French, and German) with English subtitles & Discussion in English, French and/or German (based on attendance)
Cost: $12/person – Register below or pay at the door (cash or checks) to help us with our expenses and feed our scholarship fund but do so by December 13.

We need to have a minimum number of participants to hold the event and we also have a maximum number of people we can comfortably host. RSVP as soon as possible by E-mail: info@immersionprograms.com or register below.  Thank you.

Synopsis: (In French and English)
Ce film est inspiré d’une histoire vraie, qui s’est déroulée durant la Grande Guerre, le soir de Noël 1914, en de multiples endroits du front.
Lorsque la guerre surgit au creux de l’été de 1914, elle surprend et emporte dans son tourbillon des millions d’hommes.
Et puis arrive Noël, avec sa neige et son cortège de cadeaux des familles et des Etats-Majors. Mais la surprise ne viendra pas des colis généreux qui jonchent les tranchées françaises, écossaises et allemandes.
Ce soir-là, un événement considérable va bouleverser à jamais le destin de quatre personnages : un pasteur écossais, un lieutenant français, un ténor allemand et une soprano danoise, «stars» de l’époque qui, à la faveur de la nuit de Noël 1914, vont se retrouver au cœur d’une fraternisation sans précédent entre les soldats allemands, français et britanniques. Ils laisseront le fusil au fond de la tranchée pour aller voir celui d’en face, lui serrer la main, échanger avec lui une cigarette et du chocolat, lui souhaiter «Joyeux Noël !»…

The year is 1914, and as World War I continues to rage across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion’s Academy Award-nominated account of the true-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind’s darkest hour. When the war machines began rolling in the summer of 1914, the devastation that it waged upon German, British, and French troops was palpable. As the winter winds began to blow and the soldiers sat huddled in their trenches awaiting the generous Christmas care packages sent by the families, the sounds of warfare took a momentary backseat to the yearning for brotherhood among all of mankind. It is here that the fate of a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, a German tenor, and a Danish soprano’s lives were about to be changed forever. On Christmas Eve of that year, the lonely souls of the front lines abandoned their arms to reach out to their enemies on the battlefield and greet them with not anger or hostility, but with the simple, kindly gesture of a much needed cigarette or a treasured piece of chocolate, and to put their differences aside long enough to wish their brothers a sincere “Merry Christmas!” ~ Jason Buchanan