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French Film Festival begins Nov. 4 at Floyd Theater

by UofL Today last modified Oct 26, 2010 10:19 AM

The second annual French Film Festival at the University of Louisville begins Nov. 4 at the Floyd Theater, Student Activities Center.

French Film Festival begins Nov. 4 at Floyd Theater

"Summer Hours" is among the festival offerings.

The festival will feature five recently released films with English subtitles throughout November. Admission is free and open to the public.

Here's the schedule:

  • "Lorna's Silence," 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 3 p.m. Nov. 5
  • "Summer Hours," 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 3 p.m. Nov. 10
  • "The Beautiful Person," 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 3 p.m. Nov. 12
  • "Séraphine," 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 3 p.m. Nov. 17
  • "A Town Called Panic," 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 3 p.m. Nov. 19

Cinema has taken an increasingly important place in the curriculum of several departments at UofL, and the festival allows faculty to show students some of the best of recent French films, said Matthieu Dalle, an associate professor of French at UofL who applied for and received grants from The Tournées Festival to fund the UofL festival both years.

He said another goal of the festival is to share the passion he and other French professors have for cinema with others on campus and in the community.

The Tournées Festival is a program of the French American Cultural Exchange, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college campuses. The program distributes more than $200,000 in grants annually to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. The Tournées Festival is sponsored by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Grand Marnier Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.

Sponsors for the UofL French Film Festival include the French section of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Student Activities Board and Class Act Credit Union.

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