Starting September 4th, a French film festival is coming to McDaniel College right here in Westminster, Maryland. During the festival there will be six films for you to discover. Today we’re going to take a look at what you may expect as you take your seat in the darkened theatre.
Where Can I Find the Films?
The films will be shown in Decker Auditorium starting on Tuesday, September 4th at 4:30pm. The second film will be shown on Thursday, September 6th at 4:30pm. The final four films will be shown on alternating Mondays and Wednesdays, all beginning at, you guessed it, 4:30pm. It doesn’t look like there will be any cost to see the films, but check with the college before you go to make sure.
Which Films Will I See?
The first film in the festival is about a nightclub singer named Félicité. She lives with her son Samo, and when he is wounded in a motorcycle accident, she must raise the money to pay for his operation. The film was directed by Alain Gomis and is categorized as a musical drama.
I was allowed to watch a movie and I am glad I did. Heres my view on “Félicité": Félicité. A friendly and happy movie, until a motorcycle crash suddenly changes everything. The main protagonist Félicité is confronted by a chain of unfortunate events. The movie beautifully presents the struggle to balance day to day duties, the care for her son and an emotional drive. Luckily a man in her life makes everything easier. Exhaustion leads to mistakes but persistence leads to success. This is one of many lessons we get out of this fantastic movie. It really is worth the time. If you have questions or the desire to find out more, I am always happy to help at the Wolfkino! Just swing by and grab a coffee with me! – Louie
L’atelier (The Workshop)
The Workshop is a thriller about a Parisian novelist who will be teaching a writing workshop in La Ciotat, a beautiful Mediterranean town with a struggling economy. The film was directed and written by Laurent Cantet, who is best known for his award-winning drama, The Class.
LES maîtres fous (The Mad Masters)
Jean Rouch’s documentary about the Hauka religious sect and their possession ritual. The documentary is highly controversial and uses the technique, “cine-trance”. This method is up-close and personal; it gives us an intimate look into a people that have been deeply affected by colonialism.
LE GRAND MÉCHANT RENARD ET AUTRES CONTES (The Big bad Fox and Other Tales)
The only animated film in the bunch, this film was adapted from a series of comic books that were written and illustrated by Benjamin Renner. The animation was co-directed by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner.
Une Vie Violente (A Violent Life)
The story of “Une Vie Violente” follows the life of a Corsican woman who gets pulled into radical nationalism and eventually joins in the fight. This film was written and directed by Thierry de Peretti, a beloved actor in his own right.
12 Jours (12 Days)
The final film in the festival is another documentary. This one explores the closed hearings for people who have been institutionalized against their will. The judge sitting in on the hearings decides, over the course of the documentary, whether or not they will continue their stay in the hospital or not. The film was directed by Raymond Depardon and has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.