Distributed February 9, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis



Brown to present French Film Festival Feb. 22 through March 4
Brown will offer its annual French Film Festival Feb. 22 through March 4, 2001, at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St. in Providence. More than 20 French language films and four roundtable discussions will be presented during the festival, which is open to the public. (This posting incorporates two changes announced in a Feb. 20 update.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More than a dozen departments and organizations at Brown University are joining forces to present a French Film Festival Feb. 22 through March 4, 2001.

Twenty French language films and two short subjects – all with English subtitles – will be screened at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St., over the course of the 11-day festival. Featured film directors Thierry Michel and Olivier Assayas will be on hand for four roundtable discussions, also to be held at Cable Car Cinema. Michel will take part in roundtables on African cinema, politics and leaders on Feb. 24 and 25; Assayas will participate in discussions about his work and film direction and critique on March 3 and 4.

The film festival is being directed by Sylvie Toux, a senior lecturer in Brown’s Department of French Studies. Assistant directors are Jeff Reichert and Alexander Siegler. Curators are Toux and Richard Manning, Brown University; Jeff Reichert, The Shooting Gallery; and Alexandra Siegler, Toronto International Film Festival.

Tickets are available at the Cable Car Cinema for $4 per screening. Festival passes are also available to students for $10 and to the public for $18. The public is welcome, and matinee admission is free for children. Ticket proceeds will fund the festival. For information, call the Cable Car Cinema (401) 272-3970.

Thursday, Feb. 22

  • 7 p.m. – Les convoyeurs attendent (The Carriers Are Waiting), directed by Benoît Mariage, France, 1994, black and white, 94 minutes
  • 9:30 p.m. – La captive (The Captive), directed by Chantal Ackerman, France, 2000, 118 minutes

Friday, Feb. 23

  • 7 p.m. – Emporte-moi (Set Me Free), directed by Léa Pool, Canada, 1999, 94 minutes

  • 9:30 p.m. – Ressources humaines (Human Resources), directed by Laurent Cantet, France, 1999, 100 minutes

  • 12 a.m. – Le rat (The Rat), directed by Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri, France, 2000, black and white, 61 minutes

Saturday, Feb. 24

  • 10:30 a.m. – Kirikou et la sorciere (Kirikou and the Sorceress), directed by Michael Ocelot, France, 1998, 70 minutes

  • 12 p.m. – Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I), directed by Agnés Varda, France, 2000, 87 minutes

  • 2 p.m. – Mobutu, roi du Zaïre (Mobutu, King of Zaire), directed by Thierry Michel, Belgium, 1999, 135 minutes

  • 4:30 p.m. – “African Cinema and Political History:” A roundtable with film director Thierry Michel and, from Brown, Dominique Arel of the Watson Institute, Reda Bensmaia of French Studies, and Philip Rosen of Modern Culture and Media

  • 7 p.m. – Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes (Water Drops on Burning Rocks), directed by François Ozon, France, 2000, 90 minutes

  • 9:30 p.m. – Lumumba, directed by Raoul Peck, France, 2000, 115 minutes

  • 12 a.m. – Le rat

Sunday, Feb. 25

  • 10:30 a.m. – Kirikou et la sorciere

  • 12 p.m. – Lumumba

  • 2 p.m. – “Mobutu and Lumumba:” A roundtable with film director Thierry Michel, Nancy Jacob of Brown’s Watson Institute and other guests

  • 4:30 p.m. – La captive

  • 7 p.m. – L’humanité (Humanity), directed by Bruno Dumont, France, 1999, 148 minutes

  • 9:30 p.m. – Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

Monday, Feb. 26

  • 4:30 p.m. – Mobutu, roi du Zaïre

  • 7 p.m. – Désordre (Disorder), directed by Olivier Assayas, France, 1986, 95 minutes

  • 9:30 p.m. – Les conveyeurs attendent

Tuesday, Feb. 27

  • 5 p.m. – Ressources humaines

  • 7 p.m. – L’enfant de l’hiver (Winter’s Child), directed by Olivier Assayas, France, 1989, 84 minutes; and Laissé inachevé à Tokyo (short, 1982)

  • 9:30 p.m. – Emporte-moi

Wednesday, Feb. 28

  • 5 p.m. – HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao Hsien, directed by Olivier Assayas, France, 1997, 91 minutes

  • 7 p.m. – Une nouvelle vie (A New Life), directed by Olivier Assayas, France 1993, 120 minutes

  • 9:30 p.m. – Paris s’éveille (Paris Awakens), directed by Olivier Assayas, France, 1991, 120 minutes

Thursday, March 1

  • 5 p.m. – Une nouvelle vie (A New Life)

  • 7 p.m. – L’eau froide (Cold Water), directed by Olivier Assayas, France, 1994, 92 minutes; and Laissé inachevé à Tokyo

  • 9:30 p.m. – Irma Vep, directed by Olivier Assayas, France, 1996, 96 minutes; and Winston Tong en studio (short, 1989)

Friday, March 2

  • 5 p.m. – Désordre and Winston Tong en studio

  • 7 p.m. – Fin août, début septembre (Late August, Early September), directed by Olivier Assayas, France, 1998, 112 minutes

  • 9:30 p.m. – Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes

Saturday, March 3

  • 12 p.m. – Irma Vep

  • 2 p.m. – Les destinées sentimentales (Sentimental Destinies), directed by Olivier Assayas, France, 2000, 180 minutes

  • 5 p.m. – “On Being a Film Director and Film Critic in France:” A roundtable with film director Olivier Assayas; Marc Cérusuelo, CNRS, Paris; film critics Kent Jones and Gavin Smith; and Michael Silverman of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

  • 7 p.m. – L’humanité

  • 10 p.m. – Ressources humaines

  • 12 a.m. – Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes

Sunday, March 4

  • 12 p.m. – L’enfant de l’hiver

  • 1:30 p.m. – “Olivier Assayas and His Films:” A roundtable with film director Olivier Assayas; Marc Cérusuelo, CNRS, Paris; film critics Kent Jones and Gavin Smith; and Michael Silverman of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

  • 3:30 p.m. – L’eau froide

  • 6 p.m. – Les destinées sentimentales

  • 9:30 p.m. – Paris s’éveille

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