French Film Festival offers animation, drama, comedy


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An animated mystery, a romantic comedy and several dramas, including a sneak-peek U.S. screening, make up the six free, public film showings during the University of Louisville’s French Film Festival Feb. 6-March 7 at UofL and Speed Art Museum.

    Five films – including the new, critically acclaimed Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne drama “Young Ahmed” a week ahead of its official U.S. release — will be shown on Thursdays and Saturdays on the UofL Belknap Campus in Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center, 2100 S. Floyd St. In partnership, the Speed Cinema, 2035 S. Third St., will feature the animated “Dilili in Paris” Feb. 23 as part of its Free Owsley Sundays. All have English subtitles.

    The 5 p.m. Thursday screenings will include film discussions with UofL professors and other local experts on films and French-speaking cultures. Paid parking is at UofL’s Floyd Street and Speed Art Museum garages. For descriptions, check

    The UofL Floyd Theater schedule includes:

    • “Return of the Hero,” historical comedy, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 2 p.m. Feb. 8
    • “Young Ahmed,” drama, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 2 p.m. Feb. 15
    • “The Stopover,” war drama, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 2 p.m. Feb. 22
    • “Cold Water,” coming-of-age drama, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27
    • “In Safe Hands,” adoption chronicle, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 5 and 2 p.m. March 7.

    The Speed Cinema showing is:

    • “Dilili in Paris,” animated mystery about a young sleuth and a delivery boy, in collaboration with Louisville Children’s Film Festival, 12:15 p.m. Feb. 23.

    The festival is a collaboration of UofL’s French section of the classical and modern languages department and the Student Activities Board. UofL partners include the French Club and Film Liberation Unit student groups.

    For more information, contact Matthieu Dalle at 502-852-6115 or


    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.