French Film Festival Begins Tonight

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."

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director