Le grand bal
Sunday, March 1, at 12:30 pm in Erskine (Dance Studio)
French with English subtitles
ABOUT THE FILM
Every summer for 30 years, thousands of Europeans have descended upon the tiny French village of Gennetines to immerse themselves completely in the joy of dance, in the jubilant folk dance festival known as Le Grand Bal de l’Europe. On eight dance floors they engage in numerous styles of traditional dance – including elaborate communal line dances – accompanied by 500 musicians playing all manner of music under kaleidoscopic tents set up around an enormous estate. A bacchanalian, impressionistic viewing experience, this cinematic love letter to the transformative and unifying power of dance was nominated for France’s César Award for Best Documentary.