Francis Huster : Albert Camus, La Peste
|Organization||French Institute Alliance Française||
|Address||22 East 60th Street, New York, NY, United States|
|Start||March 3, 2011|
|End||March 3, 2011|
|Closed||Sunday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday|
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, presents a special performance by one of France’s iconic actors, Francis Huster. On March 3, renowned actor and former member of La Comédie Française Francis Huster will present his award-winning adaptation of Nobel Laureate Albert Camus’ La Peste.
Francis Huster: Albert Camus, La Peste—–Thursday, March 3 at 8pm
An existentialist classic, La Peste, written by Albert Camus and published in 1947, tells the story of medical workers finding solidarity in their labor as the Algerian city of Oran is swept by a plague. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to vacationers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on the general public. The narrative tone is similar to Kafka's, especially in The Trial, where individual sentences potentially have multiple meanings, the material often resonating as a stark metaphor for phenomenal consciousness and the human condition. Camus even included a dim-witted character reading The Trial as a mystery novel as an oblique homage. La Peste has been interpreted as a metaphorical treatment of the French resistance to Nazi occupation during World War II.
About Francis Huster
Francis Huster is an acclaimed actor, known for his many powerful performances on stage and screen. Possessing dark good looks and a natural charisma, Huster has performed in a variety of roles both dramatic and comedic, from classic heroes to amiable sidekicks. A longtime member of the Comédie Française, Huster founded the theater troupe Compagnie Francis Huster, which has included the actors Clotilde Courau and Olivier Martinez, among others. Huster has been seen by American audiences in The Dinner Game (Le dîner de cons), the original French film that inspired the 2010 U.S. remake, Dinner for Schmucks. Huster is also a playwright, screenwriter, and director, and worked with Jean-Paul Belmondo in his recent 2008 film A Man and His Dog (Un homme et son chien). In 2010, Huster was appointed director of the national theater group Les Tréteaux de France by French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mittérand. An expert on the French Algerian author Albert Camus, Huster was awarded the prestigious Prix du Brigadier for adapting, directing and performing in his one-man-show based on Camus’ novel The Plague (La Peste).