Apr 182017

A still from “Death of Louis XIV” (Via the New Orleans Film Society).

C’est la vie… at least for a week in New Orleans.

The 20th annual French Film Festival kickstarts Friday with 14 new feature length films, including Frantz, Personal Shopper and My Life as a Zucchini. One lucky filmmaker will also be awarded a $32,500 #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant; the grant recipient will screen the film created with this funding at the 2018 French Film Festival.

Join the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) for the 20th anniversary of the annual French Film Festival, April 21 to 27, 2017, at the Prytania Theatre.

The French Film Festival, in partnership with the Consulat Général de France á la Nouvelle-Orléans and the Prytania Theatre, sponsored in part by TV5Monde, showcases the best in contemporary and classic French cinema. The 2017 program includes 14 feature-length films, as well as a shorts program featuring three 25-40 minute shorts.

“Our 20th anniversary year of The French Film Festival is enhanced by a significant expansion in free public programming to offer a contextualizing and educational new dimension to the films being exhibited,” said Fallon Young, Executive Director of the New Orleans Film Society.

Feature length films include: Frantz (opening night); Personal Shopper (closing night); Cezanne and I, It’s Only the End of the World, The Young Girls of Rochefort, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Love in the Afternoon, The Death of Louis XIV, My Life as a Zucchini, The Paris Opera, Slack Bay, Swagger, Things to Come, and The Unknown Girl. The shorts program includes Minh Tâm, Haramist, and A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky.

Programming also includes a film lecture by Loyola professor Mike Miley entitled “Jean-Pierre Léaud: King of the Nouvelle Vague”; French language classes led by Manon Bellet of le française á la carte; introductions to films from L’Alliance française and the Consulate; and French-themed live music before select screenings.

To see the full schedule or learn more about the featured films, visit the New Orleans Film Society’s website.

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