February French Film Festival

at Longwood University

February 4-March 3, 2008

All films are free and open to the public.  Shows begin at 7pm.

Official Press Release

All films are presented as part of The Tournées Festival, made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and
the French Ministry of Culture, and co-sponsored at Longwood University by the Department of English & Modern Languages, the General Education Film Series, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the LCVA,  and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

For further information, please contact Dr. Wade Edwards: 434.395.2181.

Paris, Je t'aime
[Various directors, 2006]

Monday, February 4: Lankford Ballroom

A patchwork of 18 short, low-budget films by various directors, including the Coen brothers and Gérard Depardieu, each focusing on a different Paris arrondissement (neighborhood). Actors include Natalie Portman, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Catherine Deneuve.
 

Trailer

Reviews
 

The Chorus
[Christophe Barratier, 2004]

Tuesday, February 12: Hull Auditorium

Nominated for two Oscars in 2005 and featuring original music, this is about a teacher at a boys’ boarding school who transforms the lives of his students through the magic of choir singing and music. Students from area high schools are invited to attend additional screenings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

 

Trailer

Reviews

Bamako
[Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006]

Wednesday, February 20: LCVA, lower level

Winner of the 2007 Best Francophone Prize, produced by Danny Glover and set in the West African nation of Mali, this film juxtaposes Africa’s political and economic grievances with refined scenes of more mundane family struggles.

 

Trailer

Reviews

 

The Beat That My Heart Skipped
[J. Audiard, 2005]

Tuesday, February 26: Lankford Ballroom

A re-interpretation of James Toback’s 1978 cult neo-noir film Fingers, this edgy thriller combines equal parts Bach and rock in a Gallic transformation of the gangster-seeking-redemption genre.
 

Trailer

Reviews

Poison Friends
[Emmanuel Bourdieu, 2006]

Monday, March 3: Lankford Ballroom

In what has been described as an “engaging tale of ambition, fabulation, romance and deceit,” four friends compete for attention and fame as they navigate the treacherous world of literature, academic and dissertation writing.

Trailer

Reviews