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NY Emmy® Nomination Announcement

"The Wooden Gun"

The Wooden Gun (original title Le Fusil de Bois) was one of the first – and few – movies dealing with the Algerian independence war. It won several awards and highly positive reviews. 89 minutes-long, it is often shown on French television. The action takes place in 1960. The war is dragging on and confusion reigns. De Gaulle is secretly negotiating with the rebels and the military brass is feeling betrayed while the draftees wonder what this war is really about.  Based on Pierre Delerive''s own novel Simple Soldat, The Wooden Gun is the story of Lagrange, a retarded farm boy drafted in the French army as the result of an error. While waiting for Lagrange''s discharge papers, Lieutenant Morin, a career officer whose mission is to patrol a part of the electrified fence along the Tunisian border, needs him to be part of his headcount. Worried about the risk posed by the unpredictable Lagrange, Morin arms the retarded soldier with a wooden replica of a sub-machine gun. Dallers is the college-educated NCO responsible for Lagrange. At first he wants as little to do with Lagrange as possible. As he witnesses the constant abuse the young man is subjected to, Dallers comes to realize how defenseless the retarded boy is.

 

And one night the Fellaghas attack …

 

Speaker Pierre Delerive
Born and educated in France, Pierre Delerive came to New York 25 years ago as a business executive and is now an American citizen. One day on his way to work he decided to give up his career and pursue his dream of being a writer. His first move was ...



Born and educated in France, Pierre Delerive came to New York 25 years ago as a business executive and is now an American citizen. One day on his way to work he decided to give up his career and pursue his dream of being a writer. His first move was to attend one of New York University's screenwriting classes. Delerive's other works are Victor et les femmes, a novel about a Parisian teenager's sexual awakening and struggle with an overbearing mother and Te souviens-tu de moi? (Do you remember me?) the story of an old man remembering how he was once given the choice between betraying his Resistance comrades and saving his Jewish girlfriend. He recently completed Passés croisés (Crossing pasts) a novel about one of the 140,000 Alsatians forced to serve in the Nazi army.  Acacias Films of Paris acquired the movie rights to Bayou, his still-unpublished American novel set in Louisiana.  Delerive, who will present the film, will answer questions about the Algerian war. He will recount the six-year struggle to finance the movie and evoke the film-directing course he took one summer at NYU. He will tell of the high-wire act of shooting in Romania on a shoe-string budget and remember directing first-time actors some of whom later went on to successful careers.


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Organizer Ellen Muir

When?

Thu, June 14, 2007
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Eastern

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Where?

NY NATAS
1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
(37th & 38th st)