French Film Festival offers classics, animation, modern genres


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — From animation to restored classics to contemporary dramas, the University of Louisville’s French Film Festival offers free, public screenings of eight films Jan. 31-March 2 at UofL and Speed Art Museum.

    Five films will be shown on Thursdays and Saturdays on the UofL Belknap Campus in Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center, 2100 S. Floyd St.; the Floyd Theater also will screen the 1980s cult film “Boy Meets Girl” Feb. 19. In partnership, the Speed Cinema, 2035 S. Third St., will feature two French films – an animated tale and a restored classic in the detective Jules Maigret series – as part of its Free Owsley Sundays. All have English subtitles.

    The 5 p.m. Thursday screenings will include post-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:

    • “The Outsider,” financial drama, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2
    • “Peppermint Soda,” coming-of-age piece, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9
    • “Gaspard at the Wedding,” romance, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16
    • “Boy Meets Girl,” romantic drama, 8 p.m. Feb. 19
    • “The Workshop,” social drama, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 21 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23
    • “The Sweet Escape,” comedy, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and 2 p.m. March 2

    The Speed Cinema schedule includes:

    • “Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case,” crime drama, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17
    • “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales,” animated fantasy adventure, 1 p.m. Feb. 24.

    The festival is a collaboration of UofL’s French section of the classical and modern languages department and the Student Activities Board. Partners include UofL’s Film Liberation Unit student group, Speed Art Museum Cinema and Louisville Children’s Film Festival.

    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.