February 16: Eastern Boys / Robin Campillo / 2014 / 128 min
Introduction: Abdulhamit Arvas (Vassar College, Drama Department)
Respondent: Giovanna Borradori (Vassar College, Philosophy Department)
When middle-aged gay professional Daniel spots the undocumented teen Marek at a train station in Paris and asks him home, he is targeted by a gang of ruthless Eastern European youth. Nevertheless, Marek and Daniel’s relationship grows and shifts from sexual favors to a pseudo father-son bond. As Daniel learns more of Marek’s life in his native Chechnya, he acts to rescue him from the gang.
This Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment. This festival is also supported by a generous Humanities New York Action Grant (humanitiesny.org).
The festival is cosponsored by the Department of Film, the Women’s Studies and International Studies Programs, the Dean of Faculty and the VSA French Club.