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Les Yeux Ouverts – M.C. Barrault/M. Yourcenar

Thursday, December 3 and Friday, Dec 4, 2015


Don’t miss the US premiere of Les Yeux Ouverts (Open Eyes) starring French film and theatre legend Marie-Christine Barrault, with Éric Pierrot and Paul Spera.

The play is based on the book Les Yeux ouverts (Open Eyes), which portrays the first woman to be elected to L’académie Française (The French Academy), the novelist Marguerite Yourcenar, in interviews she granted to literary critic Matthieu Galey. The conversations with writer Yourcenar form a kind of oral autobiography. Galey published a collection of these interviews in the book Les Yeux Ouverts (Open Eyes). It quickly became a bestseller, but the publishing triggered a quarrel with the writer.

For Director Ludovic Kerfendal, Marie Christine Barrault is the only actress who could bring the passion, authority and generosity of Marguerite Yourcenar. She embodies this author, who, for so many times, identified herself with male characters for whom she wrote the memories.

Marie Christine Barrault revives a brilliant mind, by revisiting every aspect of Yourcenar’s life, writing, travel, love, loneliness, and freedom. “We find all these themes in the play,” says Marie-Christine Barrault. “This text is a life lesson for me. It will appeal to anyone who tries to make sense of his life, anyone who seeks a better life … “

Les Yeux ouverts, directed by Ludovic Kerfendal, will be in French with projected English subtitles.

TRK wishes to acknowledge the support of Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, TV5Monde, L’Alliance Française de Los Angeles, Air Tahiti Nui, and KCRW.

 Press Release

 French media info


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