French Film Festival

DATE: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

END DATE: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Leslie Phillips Theater


2018 French Film Festival

Presented by Holyoke Community College  All films are in French with English subtitles. All films are at 7:00 PM in the Leslie Philips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts Building and admission is free.

Tuesday, April 3:  Panique (1947), Julien Duvivier (1h30)   Panique, which is recognized today as a treasure of French film noir, was the first of several adaptations of Mr. Hire's Engagement by Belgian crime writer Georges Simenon. The thriller provides deep insights into the mentality of the lynch mob and into the pessimistic world view prevalent after World War II.                                      

Wednesday, April 4:  Ma vie de Courgette/ My Life as a Zucchini (2015), Claude Barras (1h06) Though bravely realistic, My Life as a Zucchini is an unexpectedly uplifting look at childhood tragedy. The film is imbued with a real-life sense of childhood wonder, both through its inventive animation and its commitment to exclusively telling the story from the children's perspective.

The festival is presented in collaboration with the HCC Foreign Languages Department and the Tournees Film Festival and made possible with the generous support of French American Cultural Fund (FACE), Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image Animée (CNC), Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.    

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