French Film Festival

French Film Festival

Film festival is right! This eleven-film series includes recently restored classic films; contemporary feature films; a new restoration of the long unavailable coming-of-age drama Cold Water, an early film by acclaimed French filmmaker Olivier Assayas; and an encore screening of Agnes Varda’s Oscar-nominated documentary Faces Places. The official Festival kick-off will take place at a reception, sponsored by the Dept of Romance Studies, on Wednesday, October 17 at 6pm in Willard Straight Theatre, in advance of the 7:15pm screening of Claire Denis’ Let the Sunshine In, starring Juliette Binoche. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Festival would not have been possible without the enthusiastic involvement of French language lecturer Claire Ménard, the support of the Dept of Romance Studies, and most importantly, a grant from the Tournées Film Festival*, that covers the cost of presenting six of the films. Ménard’s research interests lie in 20th – 21st century literature and films, especially hyper-modernism and theory. She also works on Senegalese and West African Films, as well as French films dealing with issues of social classes, immigration and refugees. As a film specialist, she teaches the history of French and Francophone films, as well as film theory. She also coordinates French language courses. She will introduce several of the screenings; the remaining screenings will be introduced by other faculty and graduate students in the Dept of Romance Studies (see listing below).

*Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.

  • Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)
    Wed Oct 17 @ 7:15 with an introduction by Claire Ménard
  • Félicité
    Thur Oct 18 @ 7:15 with an introduction by Naminata Diabaté
    Sun Oct 21 @ 7:00 with an introduction by Lauren Siegel
  • The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le crime de Monsieur Lange)
    Sat Oct 20 @ 7:15 with an introduction by Penelope Rosenstock-Murav
    Sun Oct 21 @ 4:30 with an introduction by Anne-Caroline Sieffert
  • Faces Places (Visages villages)
    Mon Oct 22 @ 7:00 with an introduction by Adam Shoene
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (La passion de Jeanne d’Arc)
    Thur Oct 25 @ 9:00 with an introduction by Claire Ménard
    Sun Oct 28 @ 4:30 with an introduction by Richard Gibbs
  • BPM (120 battements par minute)
    Sun Oct 28 @ 7:00 with an introduction by Vin Pham and Joe Zappa
  • Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d’un curé de campagne)
    Sun Nov 4 @ 4:30 with an introduction by Gianluca Pulsoni
  • Saint Laurent
    Sun Nov 4 @ 7:00 with an introduction by Lillian Legendre and Peter Caswell
  • One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (L’une chante, l’autre pas)
    Wed Nov 7 @ 7:00 with an introduction by Claire Ménard
    Fri Nov 9 @ 7:00 with an introduction by Hannah Hughes
  • Cold Water (L’eau froide)
    Thur Nov 15 @ 7:00 with an introduction by Claire Ménard

image from Varda's One SIngs, the Other Doesn't