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2015 UofL French Film Festival

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2015 French Film Festival
University of Louisville
Floyd Theater, Student Activities Center
2100 South Floyd Street

February 5- March 6, 2015

Free and Open to the Public – All Films in French with English Subtitles

Presented by UofL's Department of Classical and Modern Languages, French BA and MA Programs, Film and Digital Media Program, Student Activities Board, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, Liberal Studies Project, and Alliance Française de Louisville. 


All screenings of You Will Be My Son (today 5 and 8 pm and tomorrow 2 pm) have been cancelled due to the weather. The Festival committee is working hard to try to re-program the film later this semester.




Thursday, February 5 – 5:00 & 8:00 PM (5 pm screening followed by a discussion with French professor Wendy Yoder
Friday, February 6 – 2:00 PM                       & Tracy Heightchew, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society)



Girlhood [Bande de filles]
Céline Sciamma
2014 / 112 min.

Director Celine Sciamma (Tomboy, Water Lillies) returns to the screen to present this non-conformist coming-of-age story. Girlhood follows a young woman of color as she defines her own identity in present day France. Living in the projects in the northwest banlieues of Paris, 16-year-old Marieme desperately wants to sort out her adult persona, and seeks her path amid a “bande de filles” (or girl gang). 

Thursday, February 12 – 5:00 & 8:00 PM (5 pm screening followed by a discussion with Film & Digital Media Studies professor Andrew Cooper)
Friday, February 13 – 2:00 PM


Ernest and Celestine

Ernest & Celestine
Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner
2014 / 80 min.

This utterly charming animated film about an interspecies friendship is based on a series of children’s books by the Belgian author-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent (1929–2000) and comes from the makers of Triplets of Belleville and Secret of Kells. In an unnamed French city, two different realms of sworn enemies exist: above ground live bears; below it reside mice. Celestine, a wee mouse orphan meets a kindred spirit in adult Ernest, an ursine musician. The detailed, warm, hand-drawn animation emphasizes the tender companionship between a mouse who loves to sketch and a bear who is happiest when playing a violin.

Thursday, February 19 – 5:00 & 8:00 PM (5 pm screening followed by a discussion with French professor Matthieu Dalle)
Friday, February 20 – 2:00 PM

The French Minister

The French Minister [Quai d’Orsay]
Gilles Legrand
2013 / 113 min.

Doors slam and papers fly in this off-the-wall comedy about French politics directed by master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier). Tavernier's blistering assault - based on the award-winning graphic novel by Abel Lanzac, a former government speech writer - zeroes in on fictional Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms. In the vein of recent political comedies such as In the LoopThe French Minister is a hilarious send-up of diplomacy and international politics with rapid-fire dialogue and a brilliant ensemble cast.

Thursday, February 26 – 5:00 & 8:00 PM  (5 pm screening followed by a discussion with French professor John Greene)
Friday, February 27 – 2:00 PM


The Lovely

The Lovely Month of May [Le Joli Mai]
Chris Marker & Pierre Lhomme
1963 / 145 min.

The Lovely Month of May is Chris Marker's portrait of Paris and Parisians shot during May 1962. Filmed just after the March ceasefire between France and Algeria, The Lovely Month of May documents Paris during a turning point in French history: the first time since 1939 that France was not involved in any war. It is a film with several thousand actors including a poet, a student, an owl, a housewife, a stockbroker, a competitive dancer, two lovers, General de Gaulle and several cats. Long unavailable in the U.S., The Lovely Month of May was awarded the International Critics Prize at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival and the “First Work” Prize at the 1963 Venice Film Festival.

Thursday, March 5 – 5:00 & 8:00 PM (5 pm screening followed by a discussion with French professor and Alliance Française de Louisville board member Melody Carriere)
Friday, March 6 – 2:00 PM


You will be

 Alliance Française de Louisville presents
You Will be my son [Tu seras mon fils]
Bertrand Tavernier
2013 / 102 min.

Blood may be thicker than water, but in Gilles Legrand's gripping drama You Will Be My Son, fine red wine may be thickest of all. Paul de Marseul is the owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint-Émilion, in France's rich Bordeaux region. His son Martin works closely with him on the family estate; but Paul, a demanding and passionate winegrower, has serious doubts that his son will succeed in the family business. Paul sees the ideal son in the recently arrived Phillipe, and makes it clear who he would prefer to continue his legacy.  You Will Be My Son is a full-bodied drama, ripe with Shakespearian undertones of familial intrigue and finishing with strong notes of jealousy, with a hint of betrayal.



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Contact: Matthieu Dalle  (502) 852-6115

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