June 6th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards
The New Orleans French Film Festival is an annual, seven-day long showcase of classic and contemporary French cinema presented in what is arguably the most French city in the United States – July 7th through the 14th, 2016.
New Orleans is a glorious amalgam of many cultures but one of the strongest threads, if not the strongest, is French in origin. From our city’s name – after the 17th century French Duke of Orléans – to one of our most popular neighborhoods – Le Vieux Carré, also known as the French Quarter – to the French infused cultures of both Cajun and Creole who are synonymous with the region, the Big Easy celebrates French culture in many ways.
Held every summer at the Prytania Theater in Uptown, the New Orleans French Film Festival brings both new and classic French films – or films with an undeniable French connection – to N’awlins for a week of celebratory screenings.
While the dates and times for screenings have yet to be released, this year’s list of films has been:
New Orleans French Film Festival 2016 Lineup
“Francofonia” from Writer/Director Aleksandr Sokurov
(La Noire de…)
65 minutes – 1966
A young girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.
Courts Métrages (Short Film Showcase)
90 minutes – 2015
Three short films: Don’t Speak About Love (Ne Parlez Pas D’Amour), Mother (Maman), and Breathe (Ses Souffles)
Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d’Une Femme de Chambre)
95 minutes – 2015
A young chambermaid who has just arrived from Paris to work in the French countryside finds herself having to fend off her master’s advances, cope with his domineering wife, and a mysterious gardener.
Eat Your Bones (Mange Tes Morts)
94 minutes – 2014
Four young gypsies set off on a binge among the “gadjos” in search of a cargo of copper.
88 mintues – 2015
A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.
Director Jean-Charles Hue’s “Eat Your Bones”
104 minutes – 2014
A father sets out to find his missing daughter with the help of his son.
My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse)
123 minutes – 2015
A young man preparing to leave Tajikistan reflects back on the turbulence and joys of his adolescent years.
Summertime (La Belle Saison)
105 minutes – 2015
Carole and Delphine find lesbianism and feminism are not as simple at a rural family farm as it is in the city after they meet and fall in love.
The Innocents (Les Innocentes)
115 minutes – 2016
In 1945 Poland, a young Red Cross doctor discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.
Valley of Love
91 minutes – 2015
An estranged couple answer a post-suicide invitation from their son to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California.
Young Tiger (Bébé Tigre)
87 minutes – 2014
The film follows an illegal worker during his day to day life.
With legendary filmmakers like François Truffaut, Jean Cocteau, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jean Renoir, to name just a few, it is no surprise French films have such a reputation for artistry, honesty, and beauty. The world’s most prestigious film festival, after all, is held in Cannes, France.
For those who can’t make it to the Cannes Film Festival, New Orleans French Film Festival is the next best thing – don’t miss it!
New Orleans French Film Festival
July 7-14, 2016
Prytania Theatre – 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
For more information: www.neworleansfilmsociety.org
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