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Beverly Allen’s ‘Bitter Chalice’ script wins honor in Roma Independent Film Festival
Beverly Allen, professor of French, Italian and comparative literature in The College of Arts and Sciences, has completed her third screenplay, “The Bitter Chalice,” an action-drama love story set against the Siege of Sarejevo in the 1990s. Recently named best feature-length screenplay in a competition for unproduced scripts at the Roma Independent Film Festival, the story draws on two sources-her co-writer Jacques Lipkau Goyard’s wartime love story, “Una donna, una vita,” and Allen’s own book, “Rape Warfare,” an exposé about rape/death camps in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. The script addresses the issue of mass rape in warfare, which remains a problem in many parts of the world.
Allen, a William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professor from 2005-08, holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.