Armstrong’s Franchophone Film Fest April 7-9
(April 4, 2011) Armstrong Atlantic State University will host its third annual Francophone Film Festival April 7-9 with the screening of five French films in the Student Union’s Ogeechee Theater on the Armstrong campus, 11935 Abercorn Street. All screenings, free and open to the public, are in French with English subtitles.
Denis Blackburne, honorary consul for France and Germany in Savannah, will provide opening remarks at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. A reception will be held after the screening.
The complete schedule is as follows:
7 p.m., Thursday, April 7
Directed by Philippe Lioret
Both a study of a budding friendship and a compassionate look at the perils faced by illegal immigrants, Welcome centers on Bilal, a 17-year-old Iraqi Kurd who is stuck in Calais, Northern France, and Simon, a recently divorced swimming teacher. Desperate to join his girlfriend in London, Bilal vows to swim across the English Channel if he has to, setting the stage for his meeting with Simon. Unmistakably a condemnation of xenophobia in France, Welcome also features richly drawn, fully fleshed-out lead characters.
6 p.m., Friday, April 8
Two Days in Paris (2007)
Directed by Julie Delpy
Jack is a sharp, neurotic New York designer; his girlfriend Marion is a smart, cagey, French photographer. They've been together in New York for two years and are spending two days in Paris. The trip puts their relationship to the ultimate test. Delpy weaves brilliant humor with a myriad of intellectual, political and psychological musings. She takes the stereotypical French- versus-American debates further and deeper, playing on both truth and the often total absurdity of this complex relationship.
8:30 p.m., Friday, April 8
Ne Le Dis A Personne (Tell No One) (2006)
Directed by Guillaume Canet
Alex, a pediatrician, has been devastated since his wife Margot, his childhood sweetheart, was savagely murdered eight years ago. One day he receives an anonymous email and when he clicks on the inserted link he sees a woman’s face standing in the crowd. Alex is in shock: he is looking at Margot’s face…is she still alive? As soon as Alex raises the lid of this Pandora’s box, the police re-open the murder case and he soon finds himself on the wrong end of the investigation.
6 p.m., Saturday, April 9
Panique Au Village (A Town Called Panic) (2009)
Directed by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar
The giddy, chaotic pace in Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar’s first feature, a marvelous fantasia made using meticulously detailed stop-motion animation and a cast of 1,500 plastic toy figures, never lets up for a second. Seemingly inspired by the manic energy of the Marx brothers and old Warner Bros. cartoons, A Town Called Panic, which originated as a cult-favorite TV show, is ultimately in a class of its own, its playful, nonstop anarchy is bound to appeal to children and adults alike.
8:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9
Cliente (A French Gigolo) (2007)
Directed by Josiane Balasko
As she did in French Twist (1995), writer-director-performer Josiane Balasko brilliantly combines feminism and farce in A French Gigolo, one of the few films from any nation that centers on the sexuality of a middle-aged woman. Consistently funny, A French Gigolo is nonetheless seriously committed to exposing sexual double standards. As the quality of American romantic comedies continues to decline, Balasko’s film stands out all the more for its intelligence and wit.
The Armstrong Francophone Film Festival is sponsored through the Tournées Festival program, with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture, The Centre National de la Cinématographie, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Grand Marnier Foundation and highbrow entertainment. The Armstrong French Club, the International Student Organization, and the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy, all help organize the Francophone Film Festival.
For more detailed information on the themes of each film, visit: http://www.facecouncil.org/tournees/featuredselection.html and http://www.facecouncil.org/tournees/alternativechoicelist.html