The third annual French film festival, Focus On French Cinema 2007, presented by Alliance Française of Greenwich, Conn., in partnership with Purchase College and French Feeling Films, opens on Friday, March 30 at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center.
David Schwartz, chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image and a Purchase College alumnus, will introduce the highly anticipated opening night premiere, Le Héros de la Famille (The Family Hero), starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Lanvin, and conduct an audience talk-back with invited actors and directors. An “après-théatre”gala buffet with be hosted by the Maitres-Cuisiniers de France, Le Wine Shop and Champagne Veuve Cliquot .
Other events include student screenings of Bon Voyage directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Viva Laldjerie directed by Nadir Mokneche on Friday afternoon, March 30.
A “Meet the Director” breakfast on Saturday, March 31 will provide an opportunity for guests to meet directors and actors, and will be followed by the afternoon screening of L’audition, a film from Quebec featuring guest actor/director Luc Picard. The evening features the East Coast premiere of Fair Play.
The weekend will continue with a selection of current French films including two US premieres: J’iInvente rien (The Handyman) and Un Ticket Pour L’espace (A Ticket To Space) as well as La Femme de Gilles (Gilles’ Wife) and the family film Je m’appelle Elisabeth (Call Me Elisabeth). All films will be screened in 35mm with English subtitles.
This year’s event also includes, for the first time, a screening of a selection of award-winning short films.
Focus on French Cinema is organized by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich, Conn., in partnership with Purchase College and French Feeling Films; Tournees, a program of the French Embassy; the Westchester Accueil and the Greenwich Arts Council. The event is placed under the patronage of his Excellency, the Ambassador of France to the United States, Jean-David Levitte; the Ambassador of the Francophonie to the United Nations, Herve Cassan; the Consul General of France in New York, Francois Delattre; in conjunction with Michel Robitaille, Representative of the Délégation Générale du Québec in New York.
For more information on the opening night US premiere, other films, tickets and general information please visit www.focusonfrenchcinema.org.