Previously at the ICA - Films
3 Aug 2018 – 9 Aug 2018
The Apparition, Dir. Xavier Giannoli, France, 2018, 137 mins, French with English subtitles
Cannes best actor winner Vincent Lindon plays Jacques, a war reporter at a leading French newspaper who returns to France from the Middle East after his colleague is killed in an explosion. He is physically and psychologically injured: one of his ears rings painfully and his shock at the death of his friend remains. At home, his reputation as an impartial and talented investigator attracts the attention of the Vatican and he is recruited to investigate the veracity of a young woman’s claim that she has seen the Virgin Mary. Anna is a devout 18-year-old whose declaration of a divine apparition transforms her village in the mountains of South-East France into a pilgrimage site. Taking on Catholic corruption and the nature of truth, this atmospheric mystery broadens into an examination of facticity, faith and recovery.