The 2017 French Film Festival at the Floyd Theater will feature 4 different French and French language titles from the past three years. Speaker led discussions will happen at all 5pm Thursday showings. All screenings will be in the Floyd Theater in the Swain Student Activities Center and all are FREE and open to the public.
All films that are not in spoken English will have English subtitles.
In addition, this year the Floyd Theater has partnered with the Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum to expand the French Film Festival. As a part of their Free Owsley Sundays, the Speed Cinema will feature 4 different classic French and French language films, all of which can be found here on their website or listed below.
**FILMS AT THE FLOYD THEATER**
BEING 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (NR, 116 min)
Directed by André Téchiné
Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.
**RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, FEB. 28TH**
5PM & 8PM
*Introduced by Elizabeth Miller, French Graduate Teaching Assistant at UofL.
A KID (Le fils de Jean) (NR, 98 min)
Directed by Philippe Lioret
Mathieu has never known his father. One morning, in his Parisian flat, he receives a call from Quebec telling him his father just died. Mathieu decides to go to the funeral and meet the two Canadian brothers he just found out he had. In Montreal, nobody is aware of his existence, and Mathieu realizes he is in a hostile territory.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9TH @ 5PM* & 8PM
FRIDAY, FEB. 10TH @ 2PM
*Introduced by Dr. Charles Pooser, Associate Professor of French at Indiana University – Southeast.
SCHOOL OF BABEL (La cour de Babel) (NR, 94 min)
Directed by Julie Bertuccelli
The director’s feature documentary debut follows one class of students ranging from 11 to 15 years of age as they begin life in a new land at a one-of-a-kind Parisian education program for immigrant children.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16TH @ 5PM* & 8PM
FRIDAY, FEB. 17TH @ 2PM
*Introduced by Sophie Maier of the Louisville Free Public Library and Jason Wade, French Graduate Teaching Assistant at UofL.
THINGS TO COME (L’avenir) (PG-13, 102 min)
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve | Starring Isabelle Huppert
A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23RD @ 5PM* & 8PM
FRIDAY, FEB. 24TH @ 2PM
*Introduced by TBA.
**FILMS AT THE SPEED CINEMA**
RIFIFI (Du rififi chez les hommes) (NR, 118 min)
Directed by Jules Dassin
Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony discovers that his old girlfriend has become the lover of local gangster Pierre Grutter during Tony’s absence. Expanding a minor smash-and-grab into a full-scale jewel heist, Tony and his crew appear to get away clean, but their actions after the job is completed threaten the lives of everyone involved.
SUNDAY, FEB. 5TH @ 12:30pm
Introduced by John Greene, Professor of French at UofL
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud) (NR, 91 min)
Directed by Louis Malle
A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12TH @ 12:30PM
Introduced by Matthieu Dalle, Associate Professor of French at UofL.
HIROSHIMA, MY LOVE (Hiroshima, mon amour) (NR, 90 min)
Directed by Alain Resnais
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19TH @ 12:30PM
Introduced by Wendy Yoder, Associate Professor of French at UofL.
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (La bataille d’Alger) (NR, 121 min)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
SUNDAY, FEB. 26TH @ 12:30PM
Introduced by Remington Smith, Assistant Professor of Communications at UofL.
**FREE & open to the public due to our generous sponsors, including UofL’s , s French BA and MA programs, Student Activities Board, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and the Liberal Studies Project.