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French Film Festival Returns

Screen shot from Return of the Hero
Tue, 12/11/2018

15th Annual French Film Festival comes to the Waccamaw Library

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 25-27 and Friday-Sunday, Feb. 1-3, 2019
Co-sponsored by Friends of Waccamaw Library, Institut Français, and OLLI @ CCU
Six award-winning films in French with English subtitles.

Friday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 pm LE RETOUR DU HÉROS (Return of the Hero), 2017
Directed and co-scripted by Laurent Tirard (“Le Petit Nicolas”). Historical romantic comedy with Oscar winner Jean Dujardin
and nominee Mélanie Laurent. France, 1809. The dashing Captain Neuville is called to Napoleon’s battlefields leaving his
future bride Pauline heartbroken. After months of not hearing from the captain, Pauline’s sister Elisabeth decides to write
letters as Neuville, concocting outrageous adventures and gallantries. But three years later, the captain reappears and is welcomedin glory when in truth he is a war deserter and an opportunistic scoundrel. Elisabeth must expose the real Neuville
and the two imposters start a ruthless fight, conspiring against each other using the best tricks they can find. This period
screwball comedy is like a twist on Cyrano de Bergerac with a feminist twist heroine, Laura Clifford, ReelingReviews.

Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2:30 pm GAUGUIN, VOYAGE DE TAHITI, 2017
Directed and co-scripted by Edouard Deluc, adapted freely from Gauguin’s travelogue NOA NOA (Tahitian for “Fragrance”).
1891-1893. French artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was an innovator of modern art known for experimenting with bold colors,
along with his contemporaries Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. By 1891, plagued by money problems, Gauguin was
already well-known in artistic circles, but had grown tired of the civilized world and its political and moral conventions. Since
neither his wife and five children nor his artist friends wanted to accompany him, he ventured alone to Tahiti, consumed with
a yearning for new inspiration. Pushing deep into the Tahitian jungle, Gauguin meets Tehura, his muse, who will consume his
mind and inspire his most iconic works of art. Beautiful film, with a believably tormented performance by Vincent Cassel, S.
O’Malley, Rated R.

Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 pm L’ÉCOLE BUISSONNIÈRE (The School of Life), 2017
Directed & co-scripted by Nicolas Vanier (“Belle & Sebastian”). Paris 1920s. Paul has always had only one thing: the high walls
of his orphanage. Entrusted to Celestine and her gamekeeper husband Borel, this child of the cities arrives in Sologne in the
Loire valley. The immense forest and the animals all belong to Count de la Fresnay, a taciturn widower who lives solitary in his
manor. Paul left to himself meets the local poacher, Totoche, who will teach him about life but also the forest and its secrets.
Director Vanier, a great defender of nature in all its diversity borrows from his own childhood experience growing up in the
Sologne to celebrate the rustic charm of the region he loves. Unabashedly old-fashioned, Justin Lowes, Hollywood Reporter.

Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 pm LA PROMESSE DE L’AUBE (Promise at Dawn), 2017
Directed and co-scripted by Eric Barbier, based on Romain Gary’s 1960 autobiographical novel, written in Los Angeles just
before he met his wife Jean Seberg. From his difficult childhood in Poland to his adolescence under the sun of Nice, to his
aviator’s exploits in North Africa during WW II, Romain Gary (1914-1980) lived an extraordinary life. His eagerness to become
a great man, one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century (winning the Goncourt Prize in French Literature twice, under
two different names), he owes it all to the boundless love of his passionate endearing mother. But this unconditional maternal
love will also be a burden at times. Four nominations at the 2018 Césars Awards. Rated R.

Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2:30 pm RODIN, 2017
Directed and written by Jacques Doillon. Paris 1880. 40 year-old Rodin receives his first state commission “The Gates of
Hell.” He shares his life with his common-law wife Rose and his mistress Camille Claudel, the gifted student who becomes
his assistant and a talented sculptor in her own right. Following the break-up of their passionate affair, he continues to work
relentlessly while facing both rejection and enthusiasm provoked by the sensuality and originality of his sculptures. His statue
of Balzac (seven year in the making) will become the starting point of modern sculpture. Nominated for a Golden Palm at the
2017 Cannes Festival. Rated R.

Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 pm LE BRIO, 2017
Directed by Ivan Attal. A young woman from the projects in the Parisian suburbs decides to become a lawyer and registers
at the prestigious rue d’Assas Law School in Paris. There she has verbal encounters with one of the brilliant professors
(Daniel Auteuil) known for his outbursts who is forced to mentor her for a speech contest.
Limited Movie Passes for all 6 films ($10) at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy),
or $3 per film at the door. For information call: 843.545.3363.