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Weicholz Global Film Series: From the Land of the Moon

A Year of Women in Film
Event Info
Date: Friday, August 3, 2018
Location: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 7:00pm
General Admission: $10

Pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 7pm, with the film beginning at approximately 7:30pm.

Please join others who are reading the book on which this film is based, with a special book club discussion scheduled on Wednesday, August 1 (described below).

In French, Spanish and German with English subtitles

Based on the international best-selling novel and starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, From the Land of the Moon is the story of a free-spirited woman fighting for her passionate dream of true love against all odds. Gabrielle comes from a small village in the South of France at a time when her dream of true love is considered scandalous, and even a sign of insanity. Pressured to marry a man that she doesn’t love, Gabrielle finds herself in a loveless marriage suffering from unbearable “Mal de Pierres.” When Gabrielle's husband, a devoted Spanish farmer named Jose, sends her to the Alps to find a cure for her kidney stones, Gabrielle falls madly in love with an injured veteran of France's Indochinese War. The survival of her marriage, her passions, and her sanity are all in question.

“Cotillard’s performance is luminous throughout, enriching the willful heroine with the depth of a single obsession.”  – The Hollywood Reporter

“Cotillard has a field day with the role of Gabrielle, committing to her needy passion without batting an eye, even when it’s manifesting itself in the most mortifying ways. It’s a protean performance. “ – RogerEbert.com

Starring: Marion Cotillard (Gabrielle)
Awards: French Academy Award (Cesar) Nominee for Best Actress (Cotillard), Best Director (Garcia), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film
France; R; Directed by Nicole Garcia (2016); 116 Minutes

About Book/Film Club

From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus
Wednesday, August 1
Free Admission

An Appalachian Summer Festival’s inaugural Book/Film Club provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the novella and film From the Land of the Moon. The festival’s film curator Dr. John Pfeifer will lead a discussion about prevalent themes and how the novel was successfully transformed and adapted to the screen. 

Free film ticket on Friday, August 3 when the novel is purchased from the Schaefer Center box office.

“With warmth, great humor, and deep insight Milena Agus writes about the customs and the beauty of her native Sardinia, about love, family, immigration, war, and peace. From the Land of the Moon is the moving English debut of one of Italy s most important new literary talents.” – Goodreads.com

Awards: Mal di Pietra (Book) was a finalist for the Strega Prize, and the Stresa di Narrativa Prize. Awarded a Campiello Prize (Special Jury Selection) in 2007 and won the Zerilli-Marimo Prize for Italian Fiction in 2008.


With special thanks to our generous sponsors for this series, Helene and Stephen Weicholz and our host, Dr. John Pfeifer.