EU Film Series: "Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge"

Event information
Venue:FIU - MMC - Graham Center - GC 140


The European and Eurasian Studies Program, in collaboration with the European Student Association,and Lady Blanka Rosenstiel lecture series is pleased to premiere the French-Polish-German co-production: "Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge", a fascinating story of Madame Curie, the only two time Nobel Prize recipient, courageous woman and legendary Polish physicist and chemist. (The film is in French with English subtitles).

That inspiring tale of tenacity and female empowerment turns out to be surprisingly relevant and particularly important today. Director’s masterful focus is on Curie’s private life, especially her romantic passion, fearlessness and perseverance. A poignant love story shows a beautifully crafted portrait of the visionary and women’s right champion when she struggles for acceptance in a male-dominated academia in turn-of-the-century Paris.


The most turbulent five years in the life of a genius woman between 1905, when Marie Curie comes with Pierre Curie to Stockholm to be awarded the Novel Prize for the discovery of the radioactivity and 1911, when she receives her second Nobel Prize.

1906 Pierre Curie is run over by a horse-drawn carriage and tragically dies on a Parisian street. Marie’s unique marriage and happiest lifetime is destroyed in one go. Left alone with two young daughters, the widow has responsibilities that would overwhelm the strongest man but she faces her duties with greatest courage as a mother and a scientist. Despite her sorrow, she continues the work that she began with Pierre, taking especially the “Curie-therapy” they developed against cancer to great heights. But science is primarily a man’s world and Marie’s audacity is not well seen by everybody. As she embarks on passionate affair with the mathematician Paul Langevin, she provokes a huge scandal and the tabloids drag her name through the mud. Alarmed by all the malevolent headlines, the Swedish Nobel Academy, who wanted to award her a second Nobel Prize (making her the first person ever to receive two), forbids her to drive to Stockholm to fetch her award. Doesn’t a woman in love earn recognition for her work?