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UofL French Film Festival 2024

March 24 – April 17

Sunday, March 24 – 12:30 pm / SPEED CINEMA

Introduction and discussion with Nathan Viner, founder of Lamplighter Film Union

THE WAR IS OVER (La guerre est finie)

Alain Resnais / 1966 / 121 min


Three decades after the Spanish Civil War and Franco's fascist military coup, Diego (Yves Montand), a communist operative continues his dangerous missions between Spain and France, while reflecting on a life of political struggle. Based on an autobiographical screenplay by Spanish politician and writer Jorge Semprún, who spent most of his life in exile in France.

Wednesday, March 27 – 5 pm / FLOYD THEATRE

Introduction and discussion with Natalie Crawford and Kyle Cook, UofL French Club

HAPPENING (L’événement)

Audrey Diwan / 2021 / 100 min


In 1960s France, Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei) is a bright young student with a promising future. When she becomes pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her background slipping away. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so.

Wednesday, April 3 – 5 pm / FLOYD THEATRE

Introduction and discussion with Matthieu Dalle, UofL French professor


Alice Winocur / 2022 / 104 min


Mia (Virginie Efira) is sitting in a Parisian bistro when a gunman opens fire. Three months later, with a frustratingly hazy memory of the attack, Mia finds herself numbed and unable to resume her life. Determined to reconstruct the sequence of events and reestablish a sense of normalcy, she forms bonds with fellow victims, including wry banker Thomas (Benoît Magimel) and orphaned teenager Félicia (Nastya Golubeva).

Wednesday, April 10 – 5 pm / FLOYD THEATRE

Introduction and discussion with John Greene, UofL French professor

AMÉLIE (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet / 2001 / 122 min


A waitress in a Paris café, Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) observes people and lets her imagination roam free. One day, she suddenly finds her purpose in life: to solve other people’s problems. She engineers offbeat solutions to better her deserving co-workers, relatives, and neighbors’ lives. In the process, she meets a strange young man, Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz), who captures her interest.

Wednesday, April 17 – 5 pm / FLOYD THEATRE

Introduction and discussion with Wendy Yoder, UofL French professor, retired

THE MOUNTAIN (La montagne)

Thomas Salvador / 2022 / 113 min


Pierre, a Parisian engineer, goes to the Alps for his work. Irresistibly attracted by what surrounds him, he fakes an illness, stays in the ski resort, buys mountaineer gear, and sets off on a journey in high altitude, leaving behind his everyday life. Up there he meets Léa, the chef of an alpine restaurant, while mysterious glows start appearing in the deep mountain.

Contact: Matthieu Dalle ● m.dalle@louisville.edu ● (502) 852-6115


The 2024 University of Louisville French Film Festival is made possible by

the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, the Modern Language Fund, the French Club,

and Ms. Nancy Brown.