Thursday night the Sottile Theatre was abuzz with French and English conversation as Francophiles gathered for the opening of the tenth annual French Film Festival at the College of Charleston.

Professors, students, and residents engaged in tête-à-têtes in the upstairs reception area and on the balcony overlooking George Street. Rue de Jean donated hors d’ouevres ranging from grilled veggies to pâté — at least I think that’s what it was; everyone seemed to be enjoying it, either way.

The premiere film, L’heure d’été, was a humorous and touching account of four siblings’ dealing with their mother’s death.

The festival continues through Sunday, with on film on Friday (Entre les murs), four on Saturday (Mia et le Migou, Home, Les plages d’Agnès, Cléo de 5 à 7), and two on Sunday (Ballerina, Un baiser s’il vous plaît). The films range from comedies to New Wave to documentaries to animated — you can read descriptions on all of them here. Tickets are $5, and free for the CofC community.