French Film Festival offers free screenings, discussions




    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Free, public screenings and movie discussions highlight the 2016 French Film Festival at the University of Louisville in February and March.

    The festival explores French and French-speaking cultures through a variety of genres, including drama, comedy and psychological thrillers. The films will be shown in Floyd Theater of the Swain Student Activities Center, 2100 S. Floyd St. All are in French, with English subtitles. The 5 p.m. screenings will include post-film discussions with local experts on French-speaking cultures and film studies.

    The schedule includes:

    -“Timbuktu,” Mauritania’s first Academy Award entry for best foreign language film, a work about religious fundamentalism and a family’s fate under West Africa’s new laws,  5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 4 and 2 p.m. Feb. 5

    -“Breathe,” a teen psychological drama about a friendship between two girls that turns sinister, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 11 and 2 p.m. Feb. 12

    -“Tom at the Farm,” Xavier Dolan’s psychological thriller about a man’s visit to the remote country funeral of his lover, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 2 p.m. Feb. 19

    -“Pierrot Le Fou,” Jean-Luc Godard’s classic film about a couple trying to flee a middle-class life, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 3 and 2 p.m. March 4

    -“Love at First Fight,” a romantic comedy about a small-town man’s attraction to a beautiful survivalist, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 10 and 2 p.m. March 11.

    For detailed film descriptions and trailers, check

    The festival is presented by the classical and modern languages department’s French section, Student Activities Board, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and the Liberal Studies Project.

    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.