This year’s Charleston French Film Festival — co-hosted by the College of Charleston, The Greater Park Circle Film Society, Eye Level Art, and the Communication Museum — will take place Aug. 26-29 at the sponsors’ respective locations around town. “The Charleston French Film Festival is a great way to discover contemporary French cinema in a beautiful historic theater,” says the festival’s director, Dr. Anna K. Ballinger, a professor in the department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies.
The pre-festival party is at Eye Level on Wed. Aug. 25, featuring The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. On Thursday, the Sottile Theatre will host the Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.; Ginette Chénard, head of the Quebec Government Office in Atlanta, will speak and The Necessities of Life will screen. “This year we are getting back to our large oversized movie screen that we have not been able to use after the Sottile lost its 35mm projector a few years ago,” Ballinger says. “This should be one of the main attractions of this year’s festival.” That night, you can also see an homage to filmmaker Georges Méliès at the Communication Museum, featuring speaker Rick Zender.
On Friday at the Sottile, you can see Micmacs, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (famed for Amélie), and art history professor Dr. Frank Cossa will speak. The Greater Park Circle Film Society will feature two movies at their North Charleston theater: Persepolis at 4 p.m. and Lorna’s Silence at 7 p.m. The festival concludes on Sunday at the Sottile with A Town Called Panic (at 4 p.m.) and The Beautiful Person (at 7:30 p.m.); Dr. Cossa is again the featured speaker.
All of the films are in French with English subtitles. Prices vary by venue.
For more info, visit the festival’s website.
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