Festival Provides a Taste of French Cinema

Festival Provides a Taste of French Cinema

Boston College will showcase critically acclaimed contemporary French feature films from Jan. 27-31, all of which are free and open to the public.

The French Film Festival is a project of the BC Lambda Psi Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. Each film is in French with English subtitles.

"We hope to bring the excitement of French cinema to life, and we look forward to providing our campus and community with an exciting event promoting French culture," said Pi Delta Phi President Jonathan Jones '02.

"It is difficult for many American students to truly experience French culture. It is our goal to provide an entertaining means outside of the typical academic setting to experience contemporary French society."

The first entry in the series, "Est-Ouest (East-West)," will be shown on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. in McGuinn 121. Nominated for the 1999 Best Foreign Film Academy Award, "Est-Ouest" depicts the struggle of a Russian dissident and his French wife to survive Stalinist repression and their suspicion of one another.

The screening of "Est-Ouest" is being held in conjunction with the opening of the McMullen Museum of Art's new exhibition on surrealist Andre Masson [see related story].

Other films in the series are:

"La Vie Rêvée des Anges (The Dreamlife of Angels)," Monday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Higgins 300. Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier shared the Best Actress prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for their work in this portrait of the uneasy friendship between two young women on the edge of poverty.

"Marius et Jeannette (Marius and Jeannette)," Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m., Fulton 511. An aging alcoholic and a single mother find unlikely love in the working-class area of Marseilles.

"Conte d'Automne (Tale of Autumn)," Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in McGuinn 121. Director Eric Rohmer explores the romantic yearnings of middle-aged men and women. Beautifully filmed in the wine country of Provence.

"Rien Ne Va Plus (The Swindle)," Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Fulton 511. A clever con artist is dismayed to learn that his lover and partner in crime is pursuing schemes of her own.

The Pi Delta Phi World Wide Web site, www.bc.edu/pdp, offers more details on the films.

-Rosanne Pellegrini


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