2018 French Film Festival

University of Louisville

Floyd Theater, Student Activities Center – 2100 South Floyd Street

February 1- March 2, 2018

Free and Open to the Public – All Films in French with English Subtitles

Presented by UofL’s Department of Classical and Modern Languages, French BA and MA Programs, Film and Digital Media Program, Student Activities Board, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, Liberal Studies Project, and the Speed Art Museum

neither heaven nor earth [Ni le ciel ni la terre]

Clément Cogitore

2015 / 100 min.

Thursday, February 1 – 5:00 (*) & 8:00 PM

(*) post-film discussion w/ French professor Wendy Yoder & Tracy Heightchew, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society

Friday, February 2 – 2:00 PM

When French soldiers stationed at a remote outpost in Afghanistan begin vanishing without a trace, their commander Captain Antares Bonassieu (Jérémie Renier) assumes that enemy troops are responsible. Then he learns that the Taliban are also disappearing and realizes he may be facing the most invisible of enemies. A combination psychological thriller and ghost story, “Neither Heaven Nor Earth” reminds us that this is a part of the world where the terrain may hold mysteries older than time itself.



Philippe Faucon

2015 / 79 min.

Thursday, February 8 – 5:00 (*) & 8:00 PM (*) post-film discussion with Film & Digital Media Studies professor Andrew Cooper

Friday, February 9 – 2:00 PM

Fatima is a middle-aged, divorced Algerian woman living in a French suburb, cleaning houses and offices from dawn to dusk to provide her spirited teenage daughters with a better future. It takes a workplace accident for Fatima to finally pay attention to her own needs and discover a powerful means of expressing them through poetry. Faucon deftly presents a story of everyday racism, illiteracy, and the clash between traditional, older immigrant generations and their assimilating children.

Latest News from the Cosmos [Dernières nouvelles du Cosmos]

Julie Bertuccelli

2016 / 89 min.

Thursday, February 15 – 5:00 (*) & 8:00 PM (*) post-film discussion with French professor Matthieu Dalle

Friday, February 16 – 2:00 PM

For most of her life, Helene, an autistic child who lived with her parents in rural France, did not communicate. And then, at the age of 21-with no formal schooling and never taught to read or write-she did. By arranging laminated alphabet letters, Helene created words, then phrases and finally a book, one letter at a time. Director Julie Bertuccelli prompts us to contemplate the nature of creativity and communication and the hidden potential in humans of all abilities..


This is Our Land [Chez Nous] – NATIONAL PREMIERE

Lucas Belvaux

2017 / 114 min

THIS IS OUR LAND is a fictionalized story of an attractive working-class single mother who naively agrees to run for mayor, representing the Patriotic Bloc. With the help of the town’s esteemed physician, the Populists’ rhetoric seizes control of the minds of the electorate. Catherine Jacob plays the blonde-bobbed leader who never met an angry crowd she couldn’t make angrier.  In its national premiere here, This is Our Land is a thought-provoking story of the right-wing populist surge in France and around the world
Thursday, February 22 – 5:00 (*) & 8:00 PM  (*) post-film discussion with French professor John Greene

Friday, February 23 – 2:00 PM


 SUMMERTIME [La belle saison]

Catherine Corsini

2015 / 105 min.

Carole and Delphine fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. After living in the city, Delphine is called home to help with her family farm in the countryside and is forced to choose between her responsibility to them and the life of love she had in Paris with Carole. An enlightening tale about the infatuation of first love and its universal themes.

Thursday, March 1 – 5:00 (*) & 8:00 PM (*) post-film discussion with French professor and Alliance Française de Louisville board member Melody Carriere)

Friday, March 2 – 2:00 PM