Focus on French Cinema Festival March 8–10
The best of contemporary French language films will be showcased at the “Focus on French Cinema 2013” festival at the Performing Arts Center on March 8-10.
Presented in partnership with the School of Film and Media Studies by The Alliance Française of Greenwich, the 9th annual festival features a gala premiere screening of Thérèse Desqueyroux on opening night. The latest work from the renowned director Claude Miller, Thérèse Desqueyroux stars the French favorite Audrey Tautou (who also appeared in Amélie and The Da Vinci Code).
The two-day festival, following opening night festivities, features continuous screenings of a dozen other critically acclaimed feature films and shorts—all in French with English subtitles. To complete the experience, a “La Rue Des Restaurants” offers tempting French cuisine throughout the weekend.
Students from the School of Film and Media Studies will interact with actors and directors at various events, such as a “Meet the Directors and Actors Roundtable” and master classes/workshops with a highly-regarded guest filmmaker.
Five students have been selected to work as interns on the festival, gaining valuable experience in planning a multi-faceted event, while up to 60 students will participate as volunteers. In addition, a team of Purchase College students will be creating their own documentary film of the festival.
Purchase Professor Anne Kern, coordinator of Cinema Studies program at Purchase, comments, “Many students have said the festival is a ‘French film camp’ – a chance to be immersed in contemporary French culture, language, and visual images. The students gain privileged access to talented artists who provide insight and inspiration, as they also develop their own skills and creative vision.”
According Catherine Lamairesse, event chair and founder of Focus on French Cinema, “We are very proud to offer a variety of films from all genres and horizons of the French world. The festival is a daring exploration that will expose the audience to ideas and emotions that will surprise, soothe, amaze, dazzle, and make them laugh—engaging them on every level!”
Even those younger than college age will be able to participate—with a special screening for up to 300 middle and high school students from the Fairfield/Westchester area. “The appeal of French cinema is universal—encompassing all ages and nationalities. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to appreciate this art form to the whole community,” concludes Anne Kern.
For tickets and more information on the festival and the opening night gala, please visit focusonfrenchcinema.org or call the Alliance Française office at 203-629-2301. Tickets are also available at the Performing Arts Center box office at 914-251-6200.