French Author, Screenwriter Philippe Claudel Coming to IUP

Posted on 10/13/2008 9:31:05 AM
Philippe Claudel, French author, screenwriter, and director

French author, screenwriter and director Philippe Claudel will be at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Oct. 22 through Nov. 5 for a variety of events encouraging the discussion and study of contemporary French literature and cinema. Unless noted, all events are free and open to the community.

Claudel will present four workshops during his visit to Indiana:

  • “The Link between Literature and Visual Art,” Oct. 27 and 28
  • “The Art of Narration and Description,” Oct. 29 and 31
  • “The Portrait of Women and Moral Values,” Nov. 3
  • A wrap-up of the workshops, Nov. 4.

All workshops will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon in the Hadley Union Building Monongahela Room. Reservations are requested for the workshops and can be made by calling 724-357-2325.

“An Evening with Philippe Claudel” will be offered on Oct. 29 at Folger Dining Hall. It will begin with a reception and book signing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a French-themed dinner and Claudel’s presentation at 7 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $20, and reservations are due by Oct. 23. Guests may attend the reception and book signing without attending the dinner.

Claudel’s Les Ames Grises will be shown at the Indiana Theater along Philadelphia Street at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20, 21 and 22, and Il y a Longtemps Que Je T’aime will be shown there at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24, 25 and at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Claudel will lead a discussion about his films Oct. 26 following the 8 p.m. screening.

Claudel also will present a special presentation in French on Oct. 24 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Indiana Theater. Act 48 credits will be available for this program.

Claudel is a native of Dombasle, near Nancy, France. He first visited Indiana in October 2006. Claudel is the author of Le Rapport de Brodeck, which received the Prix Goncourt des Lyceens. Il y a Lontemps Que Je T’aime received a prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008.

Claudel’s visit is co-sponsored by IUP’s Department of French and German. To register for the events, call 724-357-2325 or contact Marie Thomas-Olson at