Charlotte Corday - France
Charlotte Corday and the Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (Charlotte Corday: L’assassinat de Marat, 2008)
One of the most important socio-political events in history – the French revolution – lit the fires of change not only in France, but throughout the world. This turbulent period is the backdrop of the film Charlotte Corday and the Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (Charlotte Corday: L’assassinat de Marat, 2008).
Adapted from the book by Jean-Denis Bredin, the film reveals the context and impact of Jean-Paul Marat’s assassination by the young French aristocrat Charlotte Corday D'Armont. Marat, a renowned journalist, belonged to the Jacobins, who sought to eliminate the nobility. In opposition to his group, the Girondins were fighting for an agreement between the monarchs and revolutionaries. Amid this inter-party contention the beheading of King Louis XVI took place and Marat became one of the main leaders of the French Revolution.
Despite defending the revolution, Charlotte did not support extremists like Marat. In 1793, after a few attempts, she was finally able to meet with the journalist stabbed him in the chest with a knife, killing him. Charlotte was captured at the scene of the crime and sentenced to the guillotine.
Directed by Henri Helman, the film stars the Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne, recipient of Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her feature film Rosetta (1999) and nominated three times at the Cesar awards for Rosetta, A Housekeeper (Une Femme de Ménage, 2002) and The Light (L'Équipier, 2004). The film also stars French actor Bernard Blancan, who won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for Days of Glory (Indígenes, 2006).