FRA | 1951 | 88 mins | dir. Jacqueline Audry, with Edwige Feuillère, Simone Simon and Marie-Claire Olivia | cert. tbc | in French with EN subs | 4K restoration

Based on a novel by Dorothy Bussy, Olivia is a fascinating study of love and repression by Jacqueline Audry, a director who has long been hiding in plain sight. Set in late-19th century France, Olivia depicts an all-girls boarding school run by two competitive headmistresses Miss Julie (Edwige Feuillère) and Miss Cara (Simone Simon). Tensions unravel when new student Olivia arrives... A powerfully complex film that resonates even today.

The screening on 19 May will be introduced by Professor Ginette Vincendeau (King’s College London).

See also the screening of Olivia on 23 May

Ciné Lumière II £13, conc. £11