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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Festival of Films in French

Jeannette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc as part of the Tournées Film Festival

The annual Festival of Films in French returns to the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for its 22nd running with over 10 days of French cinema that ranges from gorgeous classics to brand new movies.

Music and mayhem fill in the backdrop to the 22nd UWM Festival of Films in French organized by the UWM French program . Featured on the big screen are titans of jazz (Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis), peerless, dearly departed Charles Aznavour, a Kinshasa club singer, a traveling folk group, and even a heavy metal depiction of Joan of Arc’s childhood in Bruno Dumont’s Jeannette. The festival jumps forward from the Middle Ages to Paris in the roaring twenties (La Revue des revues), to World War II (Django, Un Taxi pour Tobrouk, Un Sac de billes) and to the 1960s &1970s feminist movement in films by Agnès Varda and Catherine Corsini that offer deep context to today’s #metoo movement. Other ethical controversies are also explored including ethnographic studies (Petit à petit), GMOs (Modifié), marijuana’s decriminalization (Les Mauvaises Herbes), crimes of passion (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud), reality TV and the judicial system (Ni juge ni soumise). As usual, the festival provides thrilling arm chair travel – we will go down to Death Valley (Valley of Love) and up to the Alps (Belle et Sébastien 3), from Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam, to France’s Mediterranean coast (L’Atelier), from urban to rural Quebec, to crossing the North African desert, to a race against time on Kinshasa’s streets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Félicité), and even to Iran (L’Une chante, l’autre pas). So come in from the winter and buckle your UWM cinema seatbelts!

Presented as part of the Tournées Film Festival Program of the FACE Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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