WHAT: The New Orleans Film Society and the Consulat General de France a la Nouvelle-Orleans present the 15th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival at the Prytania Theatre. In a city with deep French roots, this annual event celebrates the art of French cinema and allows New Orleans audiences access to a diverse slate of French films, both new and classic. See below for a full list.
WHO: The New Orleans Film Society and the Consulat General de France a la Nouvelle-Orleans present this event, in partnership with the Prytania Theatre.
WHEN: Friday August 10th through Wednesday August 16th of 2012
WHERE: Prytania Theatre
ADMISSION: All tickets are $10 for NOFS members and $11 general admission (with the exception of Funny Face, which is $5.75 for everyone). NOFS members can purchase a 6-Film Pass for $50. Tickets are currently on sale now at the Prytania Box Office and online at theprytania.com.
FILMS: To read more about the films and to watch trailers for all selections, go to neworleansfilmsociety.org
Friday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m. & Wednesday, August 15, at noon
Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni play a mother and daughter in this decade-spanning romantic musical drama from director Christophe Honore (Love Songs, Dans Paris). Beloved was the closing night selection of last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Farewell, My Queen/Les Adieux a la Reine
Saturday, August 11, at 1:00 p.m. and Monday, August 13, at noon
Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoit Jacquot (A Single Girl, Seventh Heaven, Sade, Deep in the Woods) and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) in the final days before the outbreak of the Revolution.
Saturday, August 11, at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, August 16, at noon
Audrey Tautou (Amelie) is Nathalie, a beautiful, happy and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. She buries herself and her emotions in her work, until her zest for life and love is rekindled by a most unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional office subordinate, Markus (French comic star Francois Damiens, Heartbreaker).
Sunday, August 12, at 10:00AM and Wednesday, August 15, at 10:00AM
Fred Astaire, the never-more-exquisite (or gamine) Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson kick up their heels in Stanley Doonan’s classic musical about love and the Parisian fashion industry. In the new digital DCP restoration that brings back the look of spectacular 1957 Technicolor and VistaVision.
The Children of Paradise/Les Enfants du Paradis
Sunday, August 12 at, 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 14, at noon
Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carne and screenwriter Jacques Prevert resurrect the tumultuous world of nineteenth-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. NOFS is proud to present this masterpiece – repeatedly declared the greatest French film of all time – in a restored DCP taken from the original camera negative.
A Burning Hot Summer/Un Ete Brulant
Sunday, August 12, at 4:30 p.m.
The latest searing drama from French master Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers) loosely evokes Godard’s Contempt, as a once-happy marriage between a brooding painter (Louis Garrel, the director’s son) and his movie-star wife (Monica Bellucci) hits the rocks. When another young couple joins them on a Roman holiday, tensions and passions flare.
The Well Digger’s Daughter/la Fille du Puisatier
Monday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Actor Daniel Auteuil makes his directorial debut with this affectionate remake of a Pagnol classic. The sun-soaked melodrama stars Auteuil as Pascal Amoretti, a hard-working well-digger who is raising six girls on his own, after the death of his wife.
Tuesday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Juliette Binoche plays a journalist grappling with her own privilege as she pursues a story about student prostitution, finding herself drawn to two of her subjects, each involved in the sex trade for different reasons.
Sleepless Night/Nuit Blanche
Wednesday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Sleepless Night tells the story of Vincent, a police officer caught in an intense, claustrophobic cat-and-mouse game with a drug gang that has kidnapped his young son.
Since 1989, the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) (http://neworleansfilmsociety.org) has engaged, educated, and inspired through the art of film. This year, 2012, marked the 23rd anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival. NOFS hosts special events throughout the year: the French Film Festival, the New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival, and other events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists, and professionals. NOFS partners with local organizations to present monthly film series. NOFS reaches approximately 25,000 people annually through its programming. NOFS is a 501( c )(3) organization.