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A Matter of Resistance: Deneuve, French Feminity and Fashion

THU 14 DEC 2023 | 6:30PM

17 Queensberry Place
London SW7 2DT

As part of Ciné Lumière’s season “Happy Birthday Ms Deneuve” celebrating Catherine Deneuve’s 80th birthday, Fashion & Cinema’s Joana Granero will be introducing Jean-Paul Rappenau’s A Matter of Resistance and talking about Deneuve’s film star status, the role of fashion in it, her association with French femininity and her long-lasting relationship with Yves Saint Laurent in and outside film.


dir: Jean-Paul Rappenau
with Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Noiret, Pierre Brasseur, Henri Garcin

France | 1966 | 90 min | In French with English subtitles

In the countryside near Normandy’s beaches lives Marie, unhappy. It’s 1944, she’s married to Jérôme, a somewhat fussy milquetoast, diffident to the war around him and unwilling to move his wife to Paris, where she longs to live, shop, and party.

A German outfit is bivouacked at Jérôme and Marie’s crumbling château because its commanding officer is pursuing Marie.

She’s also eyed by a French spy working with the Allies as they plan D-Day. He woos her (posing to the Germans as her brother) and, in his passion, forgets his mission. Heroics come from an unexpected direction, and Marie makes her choice.


Fascinated by the then underexplored relationship between fashion, cinema and costume design, Joana founded Fashion & Cinema in 2012.

Born in Tarragona, she graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona, obtaining later a Msc in Political and Social Theory from Birkbeck College. After working in publishing in London, Joana focused on the ideation and production of film and cultural events, creating in 2005 the London Spanish Film Festival. In 2008 the Ambassador of Spain in London awarded her with the civil merit medal (Orden de Isabel la Católica) in recognition of her work with Spanish cinema in London. With some twenty years of experience in the sector, she also works as an independent curator, producer and lecturer.

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