religious, and... uh... didn't she die in the Holocaust? You'll find out, should you watch the bizarre little documentary AN ENCOUNTER WITH SIMONE WEIL, written, produced, directed and edited by novice filmmaker Julia Haslett. One thing you are sure to learn is how to pronounce Simone's name. TrustMovies has always said Weil, as in Wile. But, no: It's Weil, as in Vay. Being a French name, the l is silent and the ei pronounced as a long a. And the W? Well, Simone was born of Alsatian parents, from the region nearest Germany, and so the W, I guess, is pronounced as a V. (TM is spending so much time on pronunciation because, well, the movie itself proves a bit of a cheat.)
Line Street Productions) opens this Friday, March 23, at the Quad Cinema in New York City, and perhaps elsewhere soon. Click here to see all currently scheduled screenings -- though most of them listed appear to be in the past rather than the future.