Annual French Film Festival

Southern Methodist University presents:

19th Annual French 

 Film Festival 2015

Presented in collaboration with Fondren Library and the French Department. 

All showings are at 7 pm in the theatre of Hughes Trigg Student Center. Admission is FREE!

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Dans La Maison (click here to view trailer)

by François Ozon with Fabrice Lucchini / Kristin Scott-Thomas

A high school French teacher gets increasingly drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family. A gripping movie about desire, confusion and manipulation by France’s most famous contemporary director!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Les Hommes Libres/Free Men (click here to view trailer)

by Ismaël Ferroukhi

A fascinating look at a little-known chapter in the French Resistance during World War II, Ismaël Ferroukhi’s second film highlights the courage of a group of Muslim agents who provided North African Jews with false identification papers and assassinated Vichy informants. Free Men focuses specifically on the political awakening of Younes, an illiterate Algerian immigrant who makes his living selling goods on the black market and in order to avoid prison, he agrees to serve as a spy for the police. Based on real events, this historical movie documents the solidarity between Muslims and Jews in Paris during the collaboration with the Nazis. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

La Grande Illusion (click here to view trailer)

by Jean Renoir

During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. A masterpiece and a tribute to universal peace! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Erneste et Célestine (click here to view trailer)

by Sphane Aubier, Vincent Patar

Bears and mice are supposed to be enemies and fear each other, until Ernest the bear meets Celestine the mouse. Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny, and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. A tale about love and difference, not just for kids, but for adults too!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 

Cousin Jules (click here to view trailer)

by Dominique Benicheti

"Le Cousin Jules is one of these extraordinary discoveries which film festivals ought always to be about...It is indeed an invitation to learn to hear again, to pay fresh attention to field birds, rooster crows, the ring of hammer on an anvil, the sizzle of a blade on a grindstone and, not the least, the matter of fact thudding of clods of earth onto a new coffin, which is how we learn of the one major event of this remarkable film."

Thursday, April 2, 2015 

GrisGris (click here to view trailer)

by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Despite a bum leg, 25-year-old Grigris has hopes of becoming a professional dancer, making some extra cash putting his killer moves to good use on the dance floor of his local club every weekend. His dreams are tested when his step-father falls critically ill and he's forced to risk his future by smuggling oil to pay the hospital bills. When he befriends Mimi, a beautiful but damaged prostitute, the two will try to start a new life together. But as bad decisions begin to catch up with them, they'll have to run for their lives. Their past, however, is never far behind, bringing them to a perilous climax.