New Orleans French Film Festival
The New Orleans Film Society and the Consulate General present the New Orleans French Film Festival. Presented at the Prytania Theater (5339 Prytania Street, New Orleans) from August 10 to August 15, it will propose an eclectic program of 9 films. The movies will be broadcast in French with English subtitles.
- Beloved (Bien-aimés)
Friday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 15 at noon
135 min / 2011 / Comedy by Christophe Honoré
With Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve and Ludivine Sagnier
This sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama from Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris) spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter’s misadventures in love. In the ‘60s, Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier) leaves Paris to re-join her Czech husband Jaromil (Rasha Bukvic) in Prague, but his infidelities and the arrival of Russian tanks in the city lead her back to France.
- A Burning Hot Summer (Un été brûlant)
Sunday, August 12 at 4:30 pm
95 min / 2011 / Dramatic comedy by Philippe Garrel
With Monica Bellucci, Louis Garrel, Céline and Sallette
As a once-happy marriage between a brooding painter (Louis Garrel, the director’s son) and his movie-star wife (Monica Bellucci) hits the rocks. When another young couple joins them on a Roman holiday, tensions and passions flare.
- The Well-Diggers Daughter (La fille du pusatier)
Monday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
107 min / 2011 / Drama by Daniel Auteuil
With Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Nicolas Duvauchelle and Daniel Auteuil
The sun-soaked melodrama stars Auteuil as Pascal Amoretti, a hard-working well-digger who is raising six girls on his own, after the death of his wife. Holding a special place in his heart is his beautiful eldest daughter, 18-year-old Patricia (the luminous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), who has come home from school in Paris to help care for her sisters. Patricia soon catches the eye of Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle), the playboy son of a rich storekeeper.
Saturday, August 11 at 3 pm
Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 pm
99 min / 2012 / Drama by Malgorzata Szumowska
With Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier and Joanna Kulig
Anne finds herself drawn to two young women: a down-on-her-luck Polish student (Joanna Kulig) and a French girl (Anaïs Demoustier) who comes from one of Paris’ many anonymous housing projects. Both women have entered the sex trade for different reasons, and as they open up to Anne, we are allowed glimpses of the reality of their work.
- Delicacy (La délicatesse)
Saturday, August 11 at 3 pm
Thursday, August 16 at noon
108 min / 2012 / Romance by David Foenkinos et Stéphane Foenkinos
With Audrey Tautou, François Damiens and Bruno Todeschini
In the French romantic comedy Delicacy, Audrey Tautou (Amélie) is Nathalie, a beautiful, happy and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. To cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends, family and co-workers. One day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by a most unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional, gauche, and average-looking office subordinate.
- Farewell, my Queen (Les adieux à la Reine)
Saturday, August 11 at 1 pm
Monday, August 13 at noon
100 min / 2012 / Historic film by Benoît Jacquot
With Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger and Virginie Ledoyen
Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, the film stars Léa Seydoux as one of Marie’s ladies-in-waiting, seemingly innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress’s special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. Diane Kruger gives her best performance to date as the ill-fated Queen and Virginie Ledoyen is the Queen’s special friend Gabrielle de Polignac.
- Sleepless Night (Nuit blanche)
Wednesday, August 15 at 7:30 pm
103 min / 2011 / Thriller by Frédéric Jardin
With Tomer Sisley, Julien Boisselier and Joey Starr
Sleepless Night tells the story of Vincent, a respected and dedicated police officer—-or so it seems. After stealing a massive bag of cocaine from drug dealers that work for Marciano, a powerful mob boss/nightclub owner, Vincent quickly finds himself trapped in a situation that no parent would envy- his son has been kidnapped with the promise of being executed if he doesn’t immediately deliver the bag back to its rightful owner.
- Children of Paradise (Les enfants du Paradis)
Sunday, August 12 at 1 pm
Tuesday, August 14 at noon
190 min / 1945 / Drama by Marcel Carné
With Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault and María Casares
Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with Children of Paradise, the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four different men. Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect the tumultuous world of nineteenth-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers.
- Funny Face
Sunday, August 12 at 10 am
Wednesday, August 15 at 10 am
103 min / 1957/ Musical comedy by Stanley Donen
With Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Michel Auclair
Fashion photographer Dick Avery, in search for an intellectual backdrop for an air-headed model, expropriates a Greenwich Village bookstore. When the photo session is over the store is left in a shambles, much to salesgirl Jo Stockton’s dismay. Avery stays behind to help her clean up. Later, he examines the photos taken there and sees Jo in the background of one shot. He is intrigued by her unique appearance, as is Maggie Prescott, the editor of a leading fashion magazine.