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21st Annual New Orleans French Film Festival

10:15 February 05, 2018
By: David Vicari

The 21st Annual New Orleans French Film Festival takes place at the Prytania Theater (5339 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115) and runs from February 23rd to March 1st. Produced by the New Orleans Film Society, the French Film Fest showcases the best in classic and contemporary French-language cinema. This year's feature-length film offerings include Back to Burgundy (opening night), Double Lover (closing night), 4 Days in France, After Love, All That Divides Us, Catch the Wind, Félicité, Ismael's Ghosts, Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge, Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Nocturama, Souvenir, This is Our Land, as well as Jean Luc-Godard's 1960 classic Breathless.

There is also a retrospective of Agnès Varda, the only female director of the French New Wave and the only female director to ever receive an honorary Oscar. Varda (born in Belgium in 1928) has occupied a singular and well-respected role within the film industry since her first film La Pointe Courte in 1956. The retrospective, which includes an under-seen example of her early work, Le Bonheur (1965), as well as two of her more recent autobiographical documentaries The Gleaners and I (2000), and Faces, Places (2017) which is a nominee for the Best Documentary at the 90th Academy Awards. The retrospective program includes a free lecture on Varda (on Sunday, February 25, at 5pm) from Loyola professor Jean Brager, who will speak on Varda's journey as a female filmmaker in a male-dominated industry as well as the ways in which her aesthetics paved the way for the Nouvelle Vague.

And enjoy French-themed live music before screenings. Louisiana musicians Helen Gillet, Bart Ramsay, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, Thibault, Pascal Valcasara, and George Trahanis will be performing live music prior to select screenings during the French Film Festival. Performances will begin 30 minutes prior to the start time of the related films.

Passes and individual tickets are now available at neworleansfilmsociety.org.

Here is a trailer video of the #FrenchFilmFestival: https://vimeo.com/252789331

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