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Il est de retour! The French Film Festival Returns to the Waccamaw Library

Remi Sans Famille
Thu, 12/19/2019

The Waccamaw Library is excited to announce the schedule of films for 16th Annual French Film Festival. The highly popular Festival will be held at the Library over two weekends in 2020: January 24-26 and January 31-February 2. Once again, Festival organizer Josette Sharwell has lined up six fabulous films, otherwise unavailable in the U.S. The Waccamaw Library is located at 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island. The Festival is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) and Institut Français.

Tickets for individual films ($3 per film) will be sold at the door during the Festival.

Limited movie passes for all six films ($10) are available only at Art Works located in the Litchfield Exchange at 14363 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. Art Works is open Mondays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Passes make a great stocking stuffer for the film buff on your list! For information about movie passes, please contact 843-235-9600 or

The schedule of wonderful films is provided below. For further information about the films or schedule, please contact Dan Turner at 843-545-3363 or

Friday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m.:

ÔTEZ-MOI D’UN DOUTE (Just To Be Sure) 2017

Directed and co-scripted by Carine Tardieu

Forty-something widower Erwan works as a bomb disposal expert, clearing remnants of the two World Wars in Brittany, when a DNA test reveals that the man who raised him is not his biological father. Also his feisty daughter Juliette is pregnant but does not know who the father is. Erwan hires a detective and finds that his biological father lives close by...or so it seems. In the meantime he meets charismatic Doctor Anna and falls for her. The film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation.


Saturday, January 25 at 2:30 p.m.:

LE MYSTÈRE HENRI PICK (Henry Pick Mystery) 2018

Directed and co-scripted by Rémi Bezançon 

An editor, Daphné, discovers a novel she considers to be a masterpiece in a library whose specialty is to collect manuscripts rejected by publishers. The text is signed Henri Pick, a Breton pizza maker who died two years earlier and whose widow says he only wrote shopping lists. A TV critic doubts the authenticity of the best-seller and with Pick’s daughter investigates the life of the enigmatic author.


Sunday, January 26 at 2:30 p.m.:

PREMIÈRE ANNÉE (The Freshmen) 2018

Directed and scripted by doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti

Antoine begins his first year of medical school...for the third time. He passionately wants to become a doctor but the dry material does not come easy to him and this third year effort drives him to the brink. Benjamin arrives directly from high school, his father is a neurosurgeon, and he is familiar and relaxed about the whole process. They become friends and study pals, up to their necks in books and material as they cram late into the night. The film garnered a nomination for Best Actor at the 2019 Césars.


Friday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m.:

LE GRAND BAIN (Sink or Swim) 2018

Directed by actor-director Gilles Lelouche

The film is based on a true story of a Swedish Club. It is in the corridors of their municipal swimming pool that Bertrand, Marcus, Simon, Laurent, Thierry and the others train under the relative authority of Delphine, former glory of the pool. All seven of these sad-sack, middle-aged men bond together, putting all their energy into a discipline previously owned by women: synchronized swimming. Through training, talking, and learning to redefine their masculinity, they will let go, live a little, and love again. Number one at the Box Office in France for 2018, the movie earned eight nominations at the 2019 Césars.


Saturday, February 1 at 2:30 p.m.:

REMI, SANS FAMILLE (Remi, Nobody’s Boy) 2018

Directed and co-scripted by Antoine Blossier

Based on a novel by Hector Malo, the film tells of the adventures of young orphan Rémi, who is taken in by the gentle Madam Barberin. At the age of ten, he is snatched from his adoptive mother and entrusted to Signor Vitalis, a mysterious itinerant musician. At his side, Remi learns the harsh life of an acrobat and how to sing to win his bread. Accompanied by the faithful dog Capi and the small monkey Joli-Coeur on his long trip through France, he ultimately discovers the secret of his mysterious origins.


Sunday, February 2 at 2:30 p.m.:

LA FINALE (In the Game) 2018

Directed and co-scripted by Robin Sykes

In Lyon, France, everyone in the Verdi family takes great care of Roland, the grandfather, who is starting to lose his mind. Everyone, except JB, the teenager who has only one goal: to go to Paris with his basketball team to play in the championship final. However, his parents leave JB in charge of his grandfather for the weekend, asking JB to give up his dream of playing in the final to help out his family. But JB decides to go to Paris anyway…and takes his grandpa along. Nothing on this trip will go as planned!