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Ooh-la-la! French Film Festival coming Feb. 26-27

February 17, 2010

Chapman’s French language program in the Department of Languages, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will present a festival of French films next Friday and Saturday in the Irvine Lecture Hall, so mark your calendars now if you love Gallic cinema!   These are some impressive, highly acclaimed films, too, so the planners are not messing around – cinephiles should definitely see these.

The Tournees Festival is all screened free of charge — so don your beret and come on over!  For more information, call 714-628-2712 or email Veronique Olivier-Wallis, assistant professor of French, at

(We have not yet found out how to do accents ague or grave in this blog setup, so bear with us – we know they’re spelled wrong without the accent marks, so apologies! )

Friday, Feb. 26 

5 pm- Opening Ceremony

5:30 pm – Les Plages d’Agnes — An autobiographical documentary about the life of New Wave director Agnes Varda.

8 p.m. – Roman de Gare — A thriller about a popular novelist who researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next best-seller.  Film by Claude Lelouch.

9:45 pm — Ne L e Dis a Personne — Eight years ago, Alex’s wife was murdered.  Today, she emailed him.  A Hollywood-like action film by Guillaume Canet.

Saturday, Feb. 27

12 noon – Buffet lunch

1 p.m. — Les Chansons d’Amour — A unique and modern musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris, by young director Christophe Honore.

2:45 pm – Azur et Asmar — Two men who grew up as brothers now compete in their search for the Djinn-fairy.  A cartoon by the acclaimed director of Kirikou, Michel Ocelot.

5:30 pm — Ne Le Dis a Personne — Repeat of Friday’s screening.

7:30 pm – Entre les Murs — The Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner.  Teacher and novelist Francois Begaudeau plays a high school teacher in a very challenging and diverse classroom.  Film by Laurent Cantet.

10 pm — Les Plages d’Agnes — repeat of Friday’s screening.

The Tournees Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC), as well as sponsorships from the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, Highbrow Entertainment and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

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