The festival explores French and French-speaking cultures through a variety of genres, including a documentary, an animated film for all ages, a political comedy, a family drama set in wine country and the regional premiere of a 2014 Cannes Film Festival favorite, “Girlhood.”

The films will be shown in Floyd Theater of the Swain Student Activities Center, 2100 S. Floyd St. All are in French, with English subtitles. The 5 p.m. screenings will include post-film discussions with local experts on French-speaking cultures and film studies.

The schedule includes:

  •             “Girlhood,” coming-of-age film about a 16-year-old who joins a girl gang in a search for her own identity in modern-day Paris,  5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 2 p.m. Feb. 6
  •             “Ernest & Celestine,” animated work about friendship between a mouse who sketches and a bear who plays the violin, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 2 p.m. Feb. 13
  •             “The French Minister,” comedy about a foreign affairs minister, his entourage and his speechwriter, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 19 and 2 p.m. Feb. 20
  •             “The Lovely Month of May,” chronicle of May 1962 in Paris at the first time since 1939 that France was not in a war, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 2 p.m. Feb. 27
  •             “You Will Be My Son,” drama about family intrigue and a winemaker’s legacy, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 5 and 2 p.m. March 6.  

For detailed film descriptions, check http://uofl.me/as-frenchfilm2015

The festival is presented by UofL’s Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Film and Digital Media program, Student Activities Board, Liberal Studies Project and Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, and the Alliance Francaise of Louisville.

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Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.