French Film Festival at University of Louisville

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Each year, there is a festival of French cinema at University of Louisville. The events are organized by the Student Activities Board (SAB) at the school SAB works hard to supply social, multicultural, recreational and educational activities. The programming—movies, lectures, concerts, parties and more—are designed for U of L students and the campus community but many are events, including the film festivals, are open to the public too.

FREE. Films shown in the Floyd Theater of the Swain Student Activities Center, 2100 S. Floyd St.

Interested in seeing a French film for the Valentine's Day season? You're in luck!

What's showing at this year's French Film Festival?

Timbuktu

Thursday, February 4 @ 5* & 8 p.m.
Friday, February 5 @ 2 p.m. 
*presented by Dean Otto, Speed Art Museum film curator

Abderrhamane Sissako's Academy Award nominated film is set not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists. Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity.

Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered “GPS,” his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.

 Timbuktu is Mauritania's first entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.  Watch the trailer here.

Breathe

Thursday, February 11 @ 5* & 8 p.m.
Friday, February 12 @ 2 p.m.
*presented by Tracy Heightchew, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society

Melanie Laurent's second feature, is a psychological drama about Charlie, a seventeen-year-old who does well in school and seems to have everything going for her. When the much more sophisticated Sarah moves to town, however, Charlie finds herself drawn to the worldly girl whose mother supposedly works for an NGO. The two become fast friends, but soon Sarah makes Charlie uncomfortable with her wilder ways. When Charlie learns a secret about Sarah, their relationship takes a sinister turn.  Watch the trailer here.

Tom at the Farm

Thursday, February 18 @ 5* & 8 p.m.
Friday, February 19 @ 2 p.m.
*presented by Steven Urquhart, University of Lethbridge

After the sudden death of his lover Guillaume, Tom (Xavier Dolan - Mommy, Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother), travels from his home in the city to a remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that Guillaume's family knows nothing about him and was expecting a woman in his place.

Torn between his own grief and that of the family, Tom keeps his identity a secret but soon finds himself increasingly drawn into a twisted, sexually-charged game by Guillaume’s aggressive brother (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), who suspects the truth. Stockholm syndrome, deception, grief, and savagery pervade this psychological thriller from filmmaker Xavier Dolan. Watch the trailer here.

Pierrot Le Fou

Thursday, March 3 @ 5* & 8 p.m.
Friday, March 4 @ 2 p.m.
*presented by Matthieu Dalle, UofL Department of Classical & Modern Languages

Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeoisie behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard's tenth feature, originally released in 1965, is a stylish mash-up of consumerist satire, politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard, and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, Pierrot Le Fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.

  Watch the trailer here.

Love at First Fight

Thursday, March 10 @ 5* & 8 p.m.
Friday, March 11 @ 2 p.m.
*presented by Wendy Yoder, UofL Department of Classical & Modern Languages

Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies. He expects nothing; she prepares for the worst. He takes things as they come, likes a good laugh. She fights, runs, swims, pushes herself to the limit. Given she hasn't asked him for anything, just how far will he go along with her? It's a love story. Or a story of survival. Or both.  Watch the trailer here