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2018 New French Cinema Week

Dates: April 25, 2018 through April 29, 2018
Location:  AFS Cinema | 6406 N Interstate 35 Suite 3100, Austin, TX 78752

The 2018 New French Cinema Week is supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston.

Presented in partnership with UniFrance and the Premiers Plans Festival d’Angers, the week features dialogues with Francophone filmmakers and guests in attendance, an opening night party for AFS members, music events, and diverse programming including animation, shorts, and family-themed screenings.

New French Cinema Week encourages the discovery of some of Europe’s most exciting new filmmakers with films that may not be distributed in the United States.

The films are selected by AFS Head of Film and Creative Media Holly Herrick in collaboration with program partner Premiers Plans Festival d’Angers, which has featured all of the selected filmmakers in past programs.

For more information...

Website:  www.austinfilm.org/series/new-french-cinema-week-2018/
Contacts:  Austin Film Society | Christine Lee | christine@austinfilm.org
Austin Film Society | Meghan Malone | meghan@austinfilm.org


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 25, 8 p.m.
PETIT PAYSAN
Director Hubert Charuel in attendance. PETIT PAYSAN was honored for Best First Film, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor by the César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. Pierre, a shy young dairy farmer, begins to take precautions when word of Mad Cow Disease in France begins to make the national headlines. AFS Members are invited to an exclusive champagne opening party prior to the film.

Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.
MONTPARNASSE BIENVENUE
Composer Julia Roué in attendance. This Cannes Film Festival Caméra D’Or Winner stars Laetitia Dosch as the hot-tempered Julia, a woman at the end of her rope after a bad break up. This glorious female-centered comedy is directed by first-time feature filmmaker Léonor Serraille and made by nearly an all-female creative team.

Thursday, April 26, 9:30 p.m. *Special pricing applies
The Correspondence Project: Music Video Screening & Live Music Event
Filmmakers and musicians from Austin and Angers, France participated in the Correspondence project, an exchange program that pairs two artists to create a collaborative work between their respective artistic practices: music and video. In this program, we will showcase a series of videos created by Austin video artists for Angers musicians, and vice versa. The screening will be followed by a party open to all ticket and pass holders, with live performances by Holodeck Records modular synth artists Curved Light and Dylan Cameron. Both artists were contributors to the project.

Friday, April 27, 7:30
CUSTODY
Director Xavier Legrand in attendance. Inspired equally by KRAMER VS. KRAMER and Stephen King, Legrand weaves an ominous tale of a family caught up in a custody battle and succeeds in creating what will be one of the most talked-about foreign-language films of the year. The film won the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival.

Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m.
New French Cinema Week Shorts
AFS presents short films by emerging Francophone directors, including films by participating New French Cinema Week filmmakers.

Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m.
THIS IS OUR LAND
Director Lucas Belvaux places the rise of France’s far right under his lens in his fictionalized version of the inner workings of the National Front. A single working mother, Pauline (played by Emilie Dequenne), attracts the attention of a local far right party leader, who set their sights on her for candidacy in her working-class region. Apolitical Pauline is attracted to the party’s local proletariat stance but doesn’t perceive that the strings are being pulled from afar.

Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.
UNTIL THE BIRDS RETURN
Director Karim Moussaoui in attendance. A selection of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard 2017, the film is a place-based cinematic poem about modern-day Algeria, told through three stories unfolding against the country’s diverse landscapes.

Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m.
Sunday School: THE RED TURTLE
The entire family is invited to this AFS “Sunday School” screening of France’s 2016 Oscar-nominated animated feature about a magical red turtle who comes into contact with a shipwrecked sailor. The film features stunning images and sound design and is dialogue-free (no subtitles necessary).

Sunday, April 29, 5 p.m.
FÉLICITÉ
Celebrated Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis’s stunning film tells the story of a Congolese nightclub singer who will stop at nothing to find a way to pay the bills of her hospitalized son.

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