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Film Series: Dance, Sing, Play!

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg/Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
by Jacques Demy
1964 – France – 91 min
September 26, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.

Cherbourg, November 1957. Madame Emery and her daughter, Geneviève, run an umbrella store. Geneviève is in love with Guy, a mechanic working in a garage. When her mother learns of the relationship, she disapproves. Guy lives with his aunt, who is seriously ill. As he is drafted to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must part. Pregnant and desperate with little news of Guy, Geneviève is forced by her mother to marry Roland Cassard, a rich wholesaler of precious stones.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg won the Palme d'Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival and is entirely sung. The film launched 19-year-old Catherine Deneuve to stardom.

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8 Women / 8 Femmes
by François Ozon
2002 - France - 118 min
October 10, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.

At an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season...But there will be no celebration - their beloved patriarch has been murdered!

The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his powerful wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Could it possibly have been one of his two pretty young daughters? A surprise visit from the victim's chic sister sends the household into a tizzy, encouraging hysterics, exacerbating rivalries, and encompassing musical interludes. Comedic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets. Seduction dances with betrayal. The mystery of the female psyche is revealed.

Eight women. Each is a suspect. Each has a motive. Each has a secret. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual, and dangerous...One of them is guilty. Which one is it?

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Love Songs / Les Chansons d'amour
by Christophe Honoré
2007 – France – 95 min
October 24, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.

Ismael and Julie lead a blissfully romantic existence in Paris and are as likely to sing their thoughts as speak them. They meet a variety of equally passionate young people as they wander through the dream-like city, and they invite Alice into their lives and into their bed. The delicate balance of their idyllic world is threatened when death intrudes unexpectedly, challenging them to keep love alive through loss and mourning.

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All films are in French with English subtitles

Online registration is required for these free admission screenings.

This series by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through the generous support of TV5 Monde and the French-American Cultural Foundation.