Distributed February 18, 2002
For Immediate Release

News Service Contact: Mary Jo curtis

Brown to present French Film Festival Feb. 21 through March 3

Brown will present its annual French Film Festival Feb. 21 through March 3, 2002, at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St., Providence. Seventeen French films will be screened throughout the 11-day festival, which is open to the public.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Seventeen of the best films recently produced by the French film industry can be seen by local audiences when Brown hosts its annual French Film Festival Feb. 21 through March 3, 2002, at the Cable Car Cinema.

Fifteen French language films, all presented with English subtitles, and two English language films by French directors will be screened during the 11-day festival, which was founded five years ago.

“The French film industry produces a lot of little jewels that deserve more attention than they get,” said festival director Richard Blakely, a visiting assistant professor of French Studies at Brown. “We have a really good selection this year,” including the acclaimed Maelström and the well reviewed Fat Girl, Code Unknown and Intimacy.

The French Film Festival is sponsored by various University departments and programs in addition to support from several community organizations. Assistant directors and curators for this year’s festival are Brown film archivist Richard Manning, Jeff Reichert of Cowboy Pictures, and Alexandra Siegler of the Cannes Film Market and the Toronto International. Susan McNeil is the festival manager.

Tickets are available at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St., and are $6 per screening for general admission and $4 per screening for students. Passes are also available for eight screenings at $30 for general admission and $20 for students. All ticket proceeds provide funding for the festival. For additional information, send e-mail to ali@siegler.com or telephone (401) 272-3970.

The French Film Festival schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 21

  • 7 p.m. – Fat Girl (À ma soeur!), directed by Catherine Breillat, France, 2001, 83 minutes. Two sisters – one beautiful, the other an ugly duckling – experience sexual awakenings during the traditional family summer vacation.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Victor... pendant qu’il est trop tard, directed by Sandrine Veysset, France, 1998, 90 minutes. Veysset examines the relationship between Victor, a 10-year-old runaway, and Triche, a prostitute.

Friday, Feb. 22

  • 7 p.m. – Roberto Succo, directed by Cedric Kahn, France, 2000, 124 minutes. A cool, stunningly shot account of a man who can kill in quite a matter-of-fact way and simultaneously nurture a love affair.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Trouble Every Day, directed by Claire Denis, France, 2001, 100 minutes. Denis creates an inimitable view of the contemporary urban vampire flick, exploring obsessive desires and transgressive fulfillment.

Saturday, Feb. 23

  • 12 p.m. – Will It Snow for Christmas? (Y aura-t-il de la neige à Noël?), directed by Sandrine Veysset, France, 1996, 90 minutes. A gritty, realist take on a woman and her seven children who encounter exploitation and dysfunction in French farming society.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Loin, directed by André Téchiné, France, 2000, 120 minutes. The on-again/off-again relationship between Serge, a young truck driver working a route between Europe and Northern Africa, and Sarah, a Moroccan Jew – a love story set against the backdrop of illegal smuggling and immigration.
  • 7 p.m. – Fat Girl
  • 9:30 p.m. – Martha...Martha, directed by Sandrine Veysset, France, 2001, 97 minutes. Veysset continues her exploration of deeply damaged families living on the poverty line, a suicidal mother, and a current of emotional violence running through everyday life.
  • 11:55 p.m. – Trouble Every Day

Sunday, Feb. 24

  • 12 p.m. – Victor... pendant qu’il est trop tard
  • 2:30 p.m. – Martha...Martha
  • 7 p.m. – The Milk of Human Kindness (Le lait de la tendresse humaine), directed by Dominique Cabréra, France, 2000, 93 minutes. Christelle, having just given birth to her third child and suffering from severe postpartum depression, runs away from her family and takes refuge in the apartment of her upstairs neighbor. A sensitive and intimate portrait of a woman, a family and a community dealing with personal crises.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Loin

Monday, Feb. 25

  • 5 p.m. – Will It Snow for Christmas?
  • 7 p.m. – Maelström, directed by Denis Villeneuve, Canada, 2000, 88 minutes. A fish is the unlikely narrator of this urban folktale about material worth, personal loss and the possibility of redemption. This haunting narrative won five Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television GENIE awards, including Best Picture, as well as Best Canadian Film awards at both the 2000 Montreal and Toronto Film festivals.
  • 9:30 p.m. – The Milk of Human Kindness

Tuesday, Feb. 26

  • 4:30 p.m. – Roberto Succo
  • 7 p.m. – Marie-Line, directed by Medhi Charef, France, 1999, 100 minutes. Actress Muriel Robin received a César nomination for her captivating performance as Marie-Line, an illegal immigrant working as a chief cleaner in a mall.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Come Undone (Presque Rien), directed by Sébastien Lifshitz, France, 2000, 100 minutes. The love of Mathieu and Cédric moves almost dreamlike, flowing back and forth between the narrative’s past and present.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

  • 5 p.m. – Martha...Martha
  • 7 p.m. – Code Unknown (Code Inconnu), directed by Michael Haneke, France/Austria, 2000, 118 minutes. A rare blend of stunning camera movement, striking acting and directorial restraint creates a searching and stunning account of separate lives intersecting in one moment around a bag of pastry. Juliette Binoche gives her most sublime, believably unglamorous performance to date.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Intimacy (Intimité), directed by Patrice Chéreau, France, 2000, 119 minutes. Chéreau’s first English-language film, based on a story by English writer Hanif Kureishi about lost people trying to find connection in their lives in a London where connection seems next-to-impossible.

Thursday, Feb. 28

  • 5 p.m. – Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m., directed by Claude Lanzmann, France, 2001, 95 minutes. Based on unused footage filmed in the making of Shoah (1985), Sobibor centers on an extended interview with Yehuda Lerner, a Warsaw Jew who was deported at age 16 and ran away eight times, miraculously avoiding execution until he arrived at the infamous Sobibor death camp.
  • 7 p.m. – Esther Kahn, directed by Arnaud Desplechin, France/United Kingdom, 2000, 147 minutes; in English. Set in late 19th-century London, Esther Kahn, daughter of a Jewish immigrant family living in the East End, pursues an acting career.
  • 10 p.m. – Maelström

Friday, March 1

  • 4:30 p.m. – Roberto Succo
  • 7 p.m. – Time Out (L’emploi du temps), directed by Laurent Cantet, France, 2001, 132 minutes. Family man Vincent has been fired – which will anger and disappoint his father, a wealthy, successful businessman. Rather than disclose the termination, Vincent pretends he is still working, as Cantet molds an unforgettable portrait of a man disintegrating from within.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Come Undone

Saturday, March 2

  • 12 p.m. – L’autre monde, directed by Merzak Allouache, France, 2001, 95 minutes. Yasmine leaves Paris for Algeria, traveling through its cities and deserts to follow a trail she hopes will lead to her missing lover. Along the way she finds a traumatized country and experiences the violence, generosity, fatalism and hope of its people.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Time Out
  • 7 p.m. – Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Intimacy

Sunday, March 3

  • 12 p.m. – Code Unknown
  • 2:30 p.m. – Esther Kahn
  • 7 p.m. – Marie-Line
  • 9:30 p.m. – L’autre monde