The French World Cinema Festival opens tonight at Northern Michigan University. "Belle de Jour" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Jamrich Hall room 102. The movie stars well-known French actress Catherine Deneuve.
It would be possible for media to do an advance interview with the scholar who will introduce the film and moderate a post-screening discussion. Solange Leibovici, chair of comparative literature at the University of Amsterdam, will be in Jamrich at 6 p.m. - a half hour before the screening begins. Nell Kupper, NMU modern languages and literatures professor and event organizer, will also be available for comment.
Another interview/photo opportunity would be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12. Directors and scholars representing all four films being screened at the festival will gather in Jamrich 102 at 6 p.m. before the second film is shown. It is "Afrique, jet e plumerai."
Here are the remaining films, each featuring French dialogue with English subtitles: -Saturday, April 13: Chercher la vie, from Haiti. Introduced by the film's director, Claudette Coulanges.
-Sunday, April 14 (1:30 p.m.): Passage du milieu, from Martinique. Introduced by the film's director, Guy Deslauriers.
Admission is free to NMU students. Non-students can obtain a $5 VIP pass that includes admission to all screenings and discussions, as well as the official reception with the directors and scholars at 9 p.m. in the Sky Room of the Landmark Inn.
"For more information, contact Kupper at (906)227-2648."