Wednesday, March 19, 2008
annual Virginia Commonwealth University French Film Festival will present an
unparalleled selection of feature films and short films, including several
North American premieres.
French Film Festival will be held March 28 through March 30 at the historic
Byrd Theatre in Richmond. French director Jean Becker and actor
Thierry Lhermitte will lead a delegation of more than 30 directors and actors
who will present their films and participate in question-and-answer sessions
with the audience.
year, the VCU French Film Festival offers a selection of 11 feature films and
14 short films to the public, all illustrating the diversity and richness of
current French cinematographic production. All films have English subtitles.
VCU French Film Festival draws a large American audience from across the United States. Last year's festival
attracted a record-breaking 20,000 patrons made up of a diverse American and
French public, including film enthusiasts, families, art aficionados, teachers
and students. Peter Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., executive director of VCU's Office of
International Education, and his wife, Françoise Ravaux-Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.,
founded the festival and serve as co-directors.
festival is also making an unprecedented connection between eight directors
associated with the FEMIS, France's top cinema school, who
will stay a week after the event to shoot in 35mm cinemascope format a series
of short films with VCUArts Cinema students.
Some of this year's
feature films include "Ensemble c'est tout," by Claude Berri; "Dialogue avec
mon jardinier," by Jean Becker; "Jean de La Fontaine-le défi," directed by Daniel Vigne;
"Un secret," directed by Claude Miller; and "L'Invité," by Laurent Bouhnik. Selections illustrate the diversity and richness of
French cinema today.
festival is sponsored by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Unifrance, l'ARP
(Guild of French Directors and Producers) and the SACD (Society of Dramatic
Authors, Directors and Producers). The Community Idea Stations (PBS) and the TV
channel TV5MONDE are also partners of the festival.
screenings will be presented at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 Cary St., in the heart of Richmond's cultural and commercial
neighborhood, Carytown. Visit www.frenchfilm.vcu.edu
for the 2008 festival schedule and a synopsis of each film.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.