French New Wave Film Series with Diego Ongaro: “A Summer’s Tale” (Eric Rohmer, 1996)

Date: 11/10/2022
Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Please join us for a screening of A Summer’s Tale, on Thursday, November 3  at 7:00 p.m. at the Library. The film will be introduced by French writer/director/editor Diego Ongaro. Thirty-five years after the French New Wave was born, Rohmer, one of the movement’s founding members, continues to use the same filmmaking techniques and poetry to tell the story of a young man at a French beach town whose heart balances between three potential lovers. A delightful and romantically profound comedy. Please register for this program here.

A resident of Norfolk, Diego Ongaro directed more than one hundred children’s programs for French Television in his early 20’s, then wrote and directed four acclaimed short films: Me My Bag and my Ball, Return to Labradoria, Rice and Meat, and Bob and the Trees (the short that inspired the feature bearing the same name). Bob and the Trees, Ongaro’s first feature film, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, won the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic, and was screened in more than 20 international festivals throughout the world. He was short-listed for the Someone to Watch Award at the 2016 and 2022 Independent Spirit Awards for both feature films.

Ongaro’s second film, Down With the King, premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (ACID section). It won the Grand Prix at the Deauville American Film Festival in France and was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide for distribution.